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Call for Artists – The Davis Art Salon Presents: Vive Le Public

Davis Art Salon Presents: Vive Le Public

An all-encompassing look into the empowerment of the community.

Date: January 22nd, 2014

Location: Nelson Gallery, UC Davis

All submissions are due by January 10th.

The community will get to vote on the winner.

The winner gets a 2 week in-depth exhibition!

The Nelson Gallery in conjunction with the UC Davis art history club WANTS YOU to submit images of your works to the email below for our consideration. We have a limited number of spots in this show and will be offering them to artists who fit our theme best: Vive Le Public, an all-encompassing look into the empowerment of the community.

Historically, art has been a topic of interest for many diverse groups of people. In order to achieve acclaim, the struggling artist must first satisfy the desires of just one group: those who will pay for and exhibit art. Overcoming this hurdle is certainly one of the most formative experiences of any new artist’s career. For this reason, artists who operate outside of this paradigm rarely, if ever, receive the opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum. Even when a museum chooses to do an exhibition highlighting the art of an unheard voice, it is still a voice picked by the museum for the entertainment of its donors.

The Davis Art Salon will circumvent the traditional system of exhibition by creating a platform where THE COMMUNITY CURATES. It is an open source event that will accept submissions from any member of the greater Davis community and any person in attendance can vote privately for who they think should win. That’s right, The Davis Art Salon is having an OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS. The following two-week exhibition will exhibit the work of the winner in detail starting on January 25th! The Davis Art Salon will take place at The Nelson Gallery on January 22nd from 7-9 pm. Be sure to invite all your friends so they can cast a vote!

Criterion For Admittance

1) All paintings must be smaller than 3’x3’. All 3-D objects/art installations must be smaller than 3’x3’x6’ (LxWxH) and cannot be anchored. Performance art and videos will not be considered for this exhibition for practical reasons of judging.

2) All submissions must be made by January 10th. All artists should submit images of up to three of their works to All rights to these images will remain yours. If you submit the full three images, we are more likely to find a piece that fits our theme.

3) Your submissions must be loosely related to the theme: Vive Le Public.

4) If you receive an email in response, you must be prepared to drop off your work on one of our exhibition development days, January 21st or 22nd. You also must be prepared to be in attendance for the show in order to answer any questions about your work.

5) If your work is selected, you and you alone are liable for its safety. The Davis Art Salon, The Nelson Gallery, nor The University of California is liable for any damages or theft of your art before, during, or after The Davis Art Salon.

6) All members of the community present at the event will vote on the selected works during the night of The Davis Art Salon. The winner will be awarded with a two-week exhibition of his or her work.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

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