"Cūr Nōn" Application Fee

  • March 20 - May 3, 2023
  • AcA Galleries

    101 W. Vermilion St.
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Ticket Price $25.00 This event is now over

In celebrating the 200-year anniversary of Lafayette Parish's Official Charter, Acadiana Center for the Arts is undertaking a juried exhibition inviting artists from the communities we serve to be inspired by the motto of Lafayette Parish's namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette.

Emblazoned on his family's coat-of-arms is the phrase “Cūr Nōn”, a Latin phrase meaning “Pourquoi Pas” or “Why Not?" The Marquis considered this a phrase to inspire audaciousness, which he lived by throughout his life in both the American and French Revolutionary Wars.

We are inviting artists to respond to the theme of “Cūr Nōn” in order to envision what may come in the next 200 years here in Lafayette Parish and the City of Lafayette.

In this phrase we are inviting artists to expand their personal practices as artists working in this community to be audacious. 


“Cūr Nōn”  is an open call to artists—to challenge themselves in their craft, to take chances within what they imagine for themselves, and to dwell on the intersection of the many cultures and histories that make up our contemporary Lafayette.

The Call to Artists guidelines and submission portal will open on March 20th and will be accepting submission until May 1st, 2023. The selection process will commence thereafter by our guest juror and curator Camille Farrah Lenain.

The exhibition will open to the public in the AcA Main Gallery from June 10, 2023 through August 12, 2023. 


To submit artwork for consideration:

For Non Members - pay your $25 Submission fee 

For AcA Members - use your "Member's Promo Code" 

After you've paid your application fee you will receive a link to our submission portal


Artists will be asked to provide:

  • General Artist Information including link to website
  • General Artist Statement
  • Up to 5 artworks for consideration 
  • Details of each of these images, Brief Description, Dates, Dimensions, Media, Pricing
  • Image Requirements:
    • Video Entries - Videos must be submitted via Links to Google Drive, Vimeo or YouTube. Submissions for Video work is not to exceed 5 minutes
    • All other Entries should be jpeg format only, 1200 pixels on the longest edge. Files should be no larger than 5MB on a per file basis



Date & Time

Mar 20, 2023 12:00 AM - May 3, 2023 11:59 PM

Venue Details

AcA Galleries

101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501 AcA Galleries
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.  

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.  

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.

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