Sin City Gallery’s 12 Inches of Sin Announces Annual Call for Art Entries for Celebrated Juried Show of Provocative Contemporary Art

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Accepting Submissions August 1st − October 31st, 2015.

12 Inches of Sin Call for Art,

We continue to attract the best international artists to submit, as well as leaders in arts and culture to judge.

12 Inches of Sin is the largest international juried exhibition of contemporary provocative art in Nevada. As an exploration of sensuality and the erotic, this show has a twist: every piece submitted for consideration must be one foot square or less. Judges such as former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, Catherine Johnson-Roehr, curator of The Kinsey Institute, and Will Roger Peterson, co-founder of Burning Man, evaluate the tension within the art itself, challenging each artist to produce an image that is deeply expressive, provocative, sensory and daring on such a small scale. Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas will hold the competition for its fifth year and is accepting art submissions from August 1 thru October 31, 2015 at

Of the success of 12 Inches of Sin, Dr. Laura Henkel, Sin City Gallery director and 12 Inches of Sin creator says:

“We are so thrilled with growth of the competition and exhibitions. Last year was a significant one for us, artists from twenty different countries participated. Submissions have grown 750% since the juried show started in 2011. Our Kickstarter campaign last year was fully funded within two weeks to produce the hardcover book series, 12 Inches of Sin: So Much Art You Can Barely Fit It All In. We continue to attract the best international artists to submit, as well as leaders in arts and culture to judge.”

The ever-inventive Dr. Henkel is introducing Obscura, a new juried competition and exhibition for photography. This brainchild came about because so many entries were photographic work it seemed that the genre needed its own category and exhibition. For this first time call, photographic submissions may be made with traditional or newer digital methods as well as short films. The winning artwork will premiere in an exhibition at the gallery and be featured in an accompanying catalog published by the gallery.


Every year our juries are selected from a pool of leaders and specialists in the fields of art and culture. There are two primary competitions, 12 Inches of Sin and Obscura.

12 INCHES OF SIN Annual Competition for Painting, Drawing, Prints, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.

The international group of twelve judges will chose twelve artists from the pool of international submissions to participate in a group exhibition at the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas.

A separate group of twelve international judges chooses the Best In Show awardee. The artist named the Best In Show receives an invitation for an exclusive solo exhibition at Sin City Gallery, in addition to having their winning piece featured on the cover of the accompanying exhibit catalog.

$12 per each submission. 12 submissions maximum per artist. Deadline for art submissions is October 31st, 2015.

OBSCURA, New Annual Competition for Photographic Artwork

A novel juried exhibition and catalog devoted to the international accomplishments of artists in the photography field. Submissions that provoke, entice and enthrall can be made via traditional modes (cameras, polaroid, pinhole) and new digital technologies. Short film works are also accepted.

$12 per each submission. 12 submissions maximum per artist.
Deadline for art submissions is October 31st, 2015.


Gallery Director Dr. Laura Henkel will curate a grouping from the pool of outstanding work that was not selected by the jury. These works will be featured in an exhibition at Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas and premiere in the 12 Inches of Sin Annual Book. Artists for this curated show will be notified separately.


We are honored to have an esteemed panel of international judges to determine the overall narrative of each exhibition. Each person is a respected expert in the field of art, academia and publishing.

Allena Gabosch (USA) is one of the founders of the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

Catherine Johnson-Roehr (USA) is the curator and archivist for The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana.

Christine Fey (USA) is the Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Reno, Nevada.

Christopher John Ball is a widely exhibited, published and award-winning London based, fine arts photographer, playwright and co-founder of the Association of Erotic Artists in England.

Dennis McBride (USA) is the Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada and a widely published Nevada historian.

François Dubeau (Canada) is a mixed-media artist and the President of Circuit des arts Memphrémagog in Montreal, Canada.

Henry Rosenthal (USA) is a documentary filmmaker, musician and arts advocate located in San Francisco, California.

Jerry Vile (USA) is an artist, publisher and co-founder of the Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Marne Lucas (USA) is a photographer and filmmaker residing in Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York.

Oscar Goodman (USA) is an American attorney, politician and art activist. He was the mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1999 to 2011.

S.R. Sharp (USA) is an artist and one of the founding members of the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, California.

Steve Diet Goedde (USA) is a photographer and author in Los Angeles, California.

Cory Mervis (USA) is a multi disciplinary artist, entrepreneur, and producer of large-scale projects. A force of nature who produces art of monumental scope & effect in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Eric Minh Swenson (USA) is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer for The Huffington Post in Los Angeles, California.

JK Russ (New Zealand/USA) is a multi-media artist, filmmaker and art blogger for The Huffington Post in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Julian Murphy (USA) is an artist and co-founder of Erotic Signature in Washington, D.C.

JP Rakehorn (UK/Bulgaria) is an artist specializing in figurative illustrations utilizing classical techniques in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Laura Henkel (USA) is the director of Sin City Gallery and the creator of 12 Inches of Sin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lou Lou Roxy (USA) is a burlesque performer, as well as former gallery manager for Sin City Gallery in Detroit, Michigan.

Madison Young (USA) is the artistic director and founder of Femina Potens in San Francisco, California.

Melinda Sheckells (USA) is a published writer and editor of Vegas Rated Magazine in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sister Loosy Lust Bea Lady (USA) is a performance artist and founder the Las Vegas chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

SM Shifflett (USA) is an American painter specializing in classical Renaissance techniques to capture modern themes in San Francisco, California.

Will Roger Peterson (USA) is a photographer, professor and one of the founding members of Burning Man, San Francisco, California.


Sin City Gallery is known internationally as a destination experience. The gallery is continually featured in the press for its exemplary exhibitions. The gallery produces 12 Inches of Sin, the largest international juried art exhibition of provocative contemporary art in Nevada. Sin City Gallery will be presenting INTIMATELY FEMALE, an exhibition of female artists, at the Life Is Beautiful Music and Art Festival from September 25-17, 2015. The gallery has been recognized as one of the best 25 galleries in American by the American Art Awards. It is located inside The Arts Factory at 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada in the Downtown Las Vegas 18bArts District. Information regarding the gallery’s exhibitions may be viewed at

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