National Call For Art: Works on Paper

The Berkeley Art Center in Northern California has issued a national call for artists to submit works to the center’s upcoming 24th national juried exhibit, Works on Paper. Here are the details as published in the center’s press release:

“The Berkeley Art Center is pleased to announce a call for entries to its Annual National Juried Exhibition. Since 1983, the Berkeley Art Center’s Annual National Juried Exhibitions have attracted artists from across the country. Our respected jurors have contributed greatly to the prestige of this Exhibition. The Berkeley Art Center’s reputation for its commitment to emerging artists has played no small role in this as well. Selected artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition, August 26-September 22, 2007 and will be eligible for cash prizes.

This year’s jurors will be Dr. Peter Selz, founder of the Berkeley Art Museum and author of the recently published Art of Engagement: Political Art in California and Beyond and artist Nancy Buchanan, professor at CalArts, Valencia, California.

This year, the exhibition is devoted to “works on paper”: drawing, printmaking, photography, collage or painting ON PAPER, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic or mixed media. Digital prints are acceptable. A separate call for entries will appear in early 2008 for painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Submission fees are waived for Berkeley Art Center artist members ($10 per slide, 5 slide maximum for non members.) Slide submission deadline: June 29, 2007. Exhibition And Cash Prize Opportunity For Artists. The Berkeley Art Center is located at 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA. 94709.”

In late 2005 one of my favorite galleries in Los Angeles, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, presented the exhibit, Art of Engagement, a show timed to coincide with the launching of Peter Selz’s book. In fact, the exhibit’s opening reception served as the back drop for Selz’s in gallery appearance and book signing. The Rutberg exhibit was a survey of “modern art inspired by social and political issues.” A wide range of topics were addressed in the show - sexual and racial politics, environmentalism, labor, as well as conflicts like the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam and our present Iraq conflagration. Artists exhibited comprised a veritable “who’s who” list of talented artists - to say that it was a blockbuster show would be an understatement. Nancy Buchanan is an L.A. based visual and performance artist with her own decades long history of artistic social engagement. Over the years her works have examined issues ranging from the status of women, to the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy. I’m sure that as judges, Buchanan and Selz will deliver a knock-out show for the Berkeley Art Center.

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