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Artist Call- DISCARTED: Art from trash, discarded objects and material

The Ojai Art Festival and the Ojai Film Festival are partnering to hold a juried show of art created from trash, discarded objects and material. The art will be shown in shops, restaurants and galleries in downtown Ojai from November 7 – November 24, 2013. The opening weekend is November 7- 10, coinciding with the Ojai Film Festival’s Focus Earth’s screenings. Every year nearly 4,500 people attend the Film Festival events. It is our goal to stimulate environmental awareness, encourage conservation, and promote new ways of thinking about art, sustainability, and the environment.

DISCARTED asks artists to work with trash, discarded objects and materials to raise questions and ideas, aesthetic and moral, about the life of the planet our wasteful society threatens.

Accepted art
Art from trash, discarded objects and material: Submitted work may be reasonably considered ‘Art from trash, discarded objects and material’ if it is entirely, or primarily, composed of at least 75% material(s) that would have otherwise been disposed into the waste streams. Accepted art includes collage, assemblages, wall hangings, sculpture, other 2 or 3-dimensional artwork and moving or projected images.

Deborah Munk has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours to over 4,000 children and adults annually. Before joining Recology in 2000 as AIR Program Coordinator, she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press, in 2002. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media.
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Juried awards
Ojai Art Festival presents 3 juried awards:
First place: $1500
Second place: $800
Third place: $500

Submitting Entries

Go to Artists Apply Here to submit your entry.

Image specifications: JPG images only, at least 1200 pixels wide. The maximum upload file size is 8 megabytes. High-resolution images are requested for printed publicity of accepted works. All images must be submitted in RGB color mode.

Entry Fee: $20 per piece, up to 3 pieces per artist, non refundable.

Shipping of Artwork
-Work must be sent in reusable packaging with no Styrofoam packing peanuts.
-We are not responsible for damage caused in transit.
-Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping and arranging prepaid shipping labels with either UPS or FedEx. It is mandatory to include prepaid shipping labels with your artwork or your work will not be exhibited.
-Artwork must be received before 4pm on October 30, 2013.

Hand delivery, pickup and shipping address is:
THE / Main Gallery
310 Matilija St
Ojai, Ca 93023

Please call 805 794 8107 to setup an appointment for hand delivery and pickup.

Important dates
Deadline for submissions: September 22, 2013
Notification of Artists: October 6, 2013
Art received by date: October 30, 2013
Opening weekend: November 7 – November 10, 2013
Show dates: November 7 – November 24, 2013
Return ship date by December 5, 2013

Insurance and Liability & Release

-Artwork is insured only while on the premises of our exhibition venues from November 7 to November 24, 2013 and according to the terms of our fine arts insurance policy. The coverage is limited to the fair market value of the artwork or $2,000, whichever is less.

-By submitting this application and Paypal payment, the Artist confirms he or she has read and agree to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. Permission is granted to Ojai Art Festival to photograph and/or use digital images of works for catalog, education, documentation or publicity purposes in print, video, electronic or internet formats. The Artist hereby releases and discharges representatives, employees and volunteers of Ojai Art Festival from any and all claims occasioned by loss or damages of said work while in the possession of Ojai Art Festival.

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