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Urban Ocean Art Contest

Urban Ocean Festival Art Exhibition Juried Show

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is accepting images via JPEG format to be juried for its upcoming Urban Ocean Festival event.All submitted art pieces should fall under the theme of “Urban Wildlife.” The Southern California coast is home to abundant wildlife, from whales and sea lions to birds and fish, living amongst human activity and dense man-made infrastructure. These animals can be found in tidepools and the open ocean, in wetlands, along rivers and streams, and elsewhere in Southern California watersheds. The theme of your work should be how you see the local wildlife in Southern California along the urbanized coast and in the local ocean.

Up to three submissions are welcome. There will be winners in each of the three categories:

  • painting/drawing
  • digital/photography
  • mixed media/sculpture/3D

One winner selected in each category will receive $500 and his or her winning artwork will be displayed at the festival. One artist will then be selected as the Grand Prize winner and will receive an additional $250.

Please read the following carefully. Any of the guidelines not followed below may automatically disqualify you from participation in the contest.

To be considered, art MUST be appropriate for a family audience.

Please note that if your artwork is accepted, we will require that you are available to attend the Urban Ocean Festival to set up your display on Saturday, May 2, at 8:00 a.m., and break down on Sunday, May 3, at 5:00 p.m. Artists will be invited to staff their exhibit area to interact with the public and sell artwork. The Aquarium is not liable for any damages incurred throughout install, the process of sales, and de-install. For any sales, 70 percent of net sales go to the artist and 30 percent goes to the Aquarium. More details will be provided once artists have been selected.

Eligibility: The call is open to all emerging artists working in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Media:Drawings, paintings, printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, etc., are all possibly valid. We currently cannot support video or sound-based media. Selected pieces must be ready to either display on easel or stand alone on the ground or tabletop. No pieces will have hanging capabilities. Please note there will be no access to additional lighting.

Submission images must meet the following specifications: File names are the artist’s last name followed by the entry number (i.e. Jones1.jpg). Image files should be in high-resolution JPEG format. Images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction and 72 dpi. Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork). In your submission, you must include the category you are entering (painting/drawing, digital/photography, or mixed media/sculpture/3D), and a brief description of the piece, its dimensions, and its connection to the theme. Failure to conform to these submission guidelines may result in instant disqualification. Past contest winners will not be considered for submission to ensure a diversity of participants.

Notification: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email no later than April 10, 2015. You will be notified which piece(s) will be exhibited and receive more details on the Urban Ocean Festival. Please, no phone calls – if you have any questions, please e-mail Claire Atkinson, communications manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Note: Due to the high volume of traffic to the submission form in the last hour before the deadline, those trying to submit artwork at this time may experience errors and risk disqualification. Please try to submit your artwork early in the day to avoid missing the deadline.

Urban Ocean Art Contest Submission Form


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