Call For Art: Day of the Dead

The 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space in Long Beach, California, has asked me to act as juror for their upcoming exhibit, Dia de los Muertos. For those artists interested in submitting works, I’m publishing the gallery’s Call for Art on this web log. A complete and detailed prospectus for the exhibit is available here.

Call for Artists living in California
Dia de los Muertos.
Entry Deadline is Sunday, September 16, 2007

All artists living in California.
All media except film and video.
All work submitted for consideration must be available for exhibition October 27 – November 22, 2007.

Cash awards $500, $300, $200, $100 plus the infamous Eye Opener Statue.

Entry Submissions. Images can be presented four ways:
Slides - standard 2″x 2″ mounted, labeled slides (no glass)
Photographs - at least 5″x7″, no bigger than 8.5″x 11″
Digital Prints - at least 5″x7″, no bigger than 8.5″x 11″
Emailed images - to: - JPEG or TIFF files only; cannot exceed 500 KB.

Entry Fees are $10 per entry for members and $20 per entry for nonmembers. Become a member of the 2nd City Council and get your first entry free. Volunteer Hours (in the gallery or at home on your computer) are welcome in lieu of entry fees.

Mail submissions to: 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space. 435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: (562) 901-0997. E-mail: Web:

For years, Long Beach has celebrated Dia de los Muertos in a huge apartment complex and courtyard. The 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space (2cc) is now a neighbor and has been invited to participate. This year the gates on both sides of the alley will open wide to encourage an exchange of culture, art, fun and flow of community from the apartment courtyard to 2cc’s gallery and garden. The courtyard is a magical place where altars, candlelight, marigolds, Aztec dancing and live music will fill the air. In addition to the exhibition and the community ofrenda, 2cc’s garden will likewise be transformed with altars, calaveras, music, movies, delicious food & desserts and craft vendors. Please join us.

It’s an honor for me to be selected as the juror for the 2nd City Council’s Dia de los Muertos exhibition. In the past the gallery’s distinguished jurors have included, amongst others: Carol S. Eliel, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at LACMA; Barbara Drucker, Chair of the Art Department, UCLA; Betti-Sue Hertz, Curator of Contemporary Art at San Diego Museum of Art; Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, USC; Wesley Jessup, Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Patt Morrison, L.A. Times writer and columnist and founding commentator of “Life & Times” and Sara Cochran, Ph.D. Associate Curator LACMA. I’m sure that with the participation of the working artists who read this web log, Dia de los Muertos will be a lively and vibrant exhibition.

Oil painting by Mark Vallen

[ La Muerta - Mark Vallen 2006. Oil on masonite panel. Portrait of a young Chicana celebrating the ancient Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos. ]

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