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This exhibition was made possible with funding from
John Edward Powell, Architectural Historian, in recognition of Cheryl D. Peter

Visual Arts Festival
The Sublime

CALL TO ARTISTS

Bakersfield Museum of Art is calling all California artists to participate in this juried small works exhibition. Enter up to three (3) new or recent works of art following this year’s theme for a chance to have them on display and on consignment during the festival from May 9 to Aug 18.

The Visual Arts Festival has been a BMoA tradition since 1989. This year marks the 18th biennially held festival. Any artist living in California is able to participate.

ENTRY FEE:
$40 for BMoA members | $50 for non-members


All entries must be digitally submitted below by
Thursday, April 25th at 11:59pm.


THEME:

The Sublime

The sublime has long been understood in the arts to mean a quality of greatness or grandeur that inspires awe and wonder. It became a signature element of the Romantic period in eighteenth-century Europe and was initially articulated in relation to the natural landscape.  The sublime was repurposed in modern art as a means of investigating the infinite and unfamiliar rooted within the artist - the sensations of these spaces prevail as unrelenting entities to the psyche of human life.

Philosophically, the sublime refers to the phenomenon generated by the deepest emotions of the mind. Elation, melancholy, awe and horror: the immeasurable intensities of these feelings become visual articulations and ruminations as part of the 2019 Visual Arts Festival. The work by the artists serves to exalt these spirits of universal experience to the viewer.

Today we live in an age with endless cycles of super-saturated spectacle and growing desensitization. Therefore, we hope that visitors can consider this exhibition to decelerate their real-time emotional responses to the world around them, investigating notions of reason, wonder and transcendence.


SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES


ENTRIES
Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces per entry.
All mediums are welcome. Works must have been executed within three years of submission and pertain to the theme of “The Sublime.”

SIZE
2D pieces must be 10 x 10 inches.
3D pieces must fit on a base that is 10 x 10 inches. The height of the piece must be close to (but not exceeding) 10 inches.

FRAMING AND MOUNTING
Work must be unframed. Drawings, photographs, and other works on paper must be mounted on canvas, wood, or board. All work must be fitted with hanging devices and ready to hang. Sculptures must be mounted or able to stand on their own.

ENTRY FEE
$40 for BMoA members,
$50 for non-members

DEADLINE
Thursday, April 25th at 11:59pm.

ELIGIBILITY
Exhibition is open to all artists living/working in California (18 years of age or older).

JURIED AWARDS
Best in Show - $800
Second Place - $500
Third Place - $200
Honorable Mention - No Cash Prize


ENTRY FEE

$40 for BMoA members
$50 for non-members

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ONLINE
ENTRY FORM

An Entry Fee and Online Entry Form must be submitted simultaneously to be considered complete.

PREPARING A DIGITAL ENTRY

1.) Make sure your camera is square with the work when you shoot, so the image is not skewed or distorted.  A tripod is suggested.  You may make adjustments, but only as needed to make the image look more true to your work.

2.) Crop the image.  No mat, frame, or extraneous materials should appear.

3.) Save as a JPEG file, resolution at 300dpi.

4.) Give the images a filename with the following format: Last Name_First Initial#1 (or #2 or #3) abbreviated painting name. (Example: Cruz_V#1_EarlySunMorn.jpg)

Images must be submitted according to these requirements in order to be considered for exhibition.


ARTWORK DELIVERY


After the Online Entry Form and Entry Fee have been submitted,
all physical artwork must be hand delivered or mailed to the Museum on April 26 or 27, 2019 for judging.

MAILING ENTRIES
If mailing artwork, all shipping, insurance, and packing materials are the sole responsibility of the artist and must be paid for/arranged by the artist. Artists are responsible for ALL return shipping fees. Fees may be prepaid through the shipping company or paid with a check or money order made payable to: Bakersfield Museum of Art. Work will not be returned without delivery confirmation or required signature. Please check with shipper for fee schedule. If you require insurance on your return shipping please provide the amount and additional postage labels and fees with artwork. Please mark envelope clearly and place in a visible area for easy retrieval during unpacking.

DROP-OFF LOCATION AND DELIVERY ADDRESS
Attn: Curatorial Department
Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

NOTIFICATION
Artists will be notified of their acceptance of one to three entries by e-mail on May 4, 2019.  Details regarding artwork pick-up will be given at that time.

EXHIBITION ARTWORK SALES
All works must be for sale and may not exceed the price of $2,000. All work submitted must have the sale price included on the application. A 50% commission will be retained.

EXHIBITION OPENING
The Bakersfield Museum of Art’s opening reception for the 2019 Visual Arts Small Works Festival will be held at the Museum on May 9, 2019, from 7-9pm.The awards will be posted the night of the opening reception.

QUESTIONS?
661-323-7219
mbanuelos@bmoa.org