Bay Area Life 2018


City Center, oil by Kaethe Bealer



Submission Deadline   April 4, 2018

The subject is the artist’s view and interpretation of the lifestyle that makes the Bay Area such a wonderful place to live. Whether it is iconic landmarks, cliff-framed beaches and striped vineyard hills or its urban bustle, trendsetting cuisine and diverse culture and nightlife, show us what inspires you in this special place.

Only two-dimensional mediums will be accepted: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, collage, mixed media. Original work only. No reproductions.

JUROR: Emma Acker, Associate Curator of American Art, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco

Ms. Acker has expertise in the art of Northern California, having worked on the 2013 exhibition at the de Young Museum, "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966." Among other exhibitions at the de Young, she curated “Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell’s Elegies in Bay Area Collections" and is organizing the 2018 exhibition "Cult of the Machine," which will look at Precisionism and American Art. Acker holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in art history with a specialization in museum studies from the University of Southern California, and has worked in curatorial departments at the Getty Research Institute and the National Gallery of Art.

JUROR'S AWARDS: First Place Award $350, Second Place Award $250, Third Place Award $150
Three Honorable Mentions

VENUE: Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

EXHIBITION DATES: May 12 – June 23, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ELIGIBILITY: Artists residing in the San Francisco Bay Area

Maximum size is 48 inches x 48 inches. Minimum is 6 inches x 6 inches.

Submitted works are to have been completed within the last 24 months and not previously shown at Valley Art Gallery.

Artwork must arrive "ready to hang" and be professionally presented. No saw tooth hangers. Plexiglass only, unless it is pastel.

For gallery members: $35 for first work, $5 for each additional work up to three works total.
For non-members: $45 for first work, $10 for each additional work up to three works total.
Entry fees are non-refundable.

Images are to be submitted using ENTRYTHINGY.COM ( Entry fees are payable online with a credit card through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. Entry fees may also be paid by mailing a check to the gallery.

Submit JPG images that are a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side. Maximum file size is 5 MB.

Artwork not accurately represented by the submitted image may be declined.

Artists will be notified on April 13, 2018. All artists who have submitted artwork will be notified by email. You will receive notification even if no artwork has been selected. If you do not receive notice by April 14th, please check your email spam folder and contact us if you do not hear from Valley Art Gallery.

DELIVERY OF SELECTED WORKS: Sunday/Monday May 6 & 7, 2018, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

WORK PICK UP: Sunday/Monday, June 24 & 25, 2018, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Artists leaving their work after the pickup date will be charged $5 per day, per piece, for storage. Works left beyond 15 days will be considered a donation to Valley Art Gallery.

Artists are responsible for transportation and insurance of accepted work to and from the exhibition. Valley Art Gallery assumes no responsibility for damage or loss while work is in transit. Work will be insured while on display. Insurance value will be 65% of the sales price of the work

All works must be for sale. Artist will determine the retail (selling) price of each piece. If sold, Valley Art Gallery will receive a 35% commission. All works will remain in the gallery until the end of the show.

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