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Artist Call – Urban Ocean Art Contest

For Southern CA artists

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 “Our Urban Ocean,” which may include artwork about our ports, human uses of the ocean (i.e. SCUBA diving, water sports, beach activities), marine life affected by the urban ocean, or ocean pollution. The theme of your work should be how you see the urbanized coast and ocean and what they mean to you. 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 3, at 8:00 a.m., and break down on Sunday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. Artists will be invited to staff their exhibit area to interact with the public and sell artwork.

Up to five submissions are welcome. There will be winners in each of the three categories:
-mixed media/sculpture/3D

First place in each category will receive $500, and second place will receive $250. One artist (selected from the first-place artists from each of the three categories) will then be selected as the Grand Prize winner and will receive an additional $250.

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, printmaking, digital/new media, photography, painting, installation, 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. 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 QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction and 72 dpi. Images should be no larger than 50MB. Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork).

Notification: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email no later than April 11, 2014. 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

Deadline: 03-28-2014
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA

Contact: Claire Atkinson

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