Call for Entries: Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014, cash prizes + artist residency awarded


Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014

December 5, 6 & 7, 2014 – Oasis of Mara, Twentynine Palms, CA

Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2014 announces a call for entries for its juried art exhibition. The event will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 5, 6 & 7, 2014, at a variety of venues at the Oasis of Mara next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in Twentynine Palms, CA. The juried art exhibition will be at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, with an opening reception and awards on December 5, and will remain on display through December 28, 2014.


ENTRY RULES: Read the Guidelines in the Prospectus (PDF download)

JOSHUA TREE:  In 2013, National Geographic designated the Mojave Desert as one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world. Visitors from around the globe are drawn to the Mojave’s iconic Joshua Tree National Park for its magical combination of twisted geology, unobstructed vistas, bizarre flora, and abundant wildlife. A veritable wonderland of solitude, spectacle, and cultural inspiration, the park has influenced thousands of artists to make the pilgrimage for independent residencies, brief visits, or even long-term moves.

EXHIBITION:  In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and our national parks, Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts has created an annual juried exhibition featuring art inspired by or depicting unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. The exhibition will hang at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, December 5–28, 2014, with a special opening reception and awards ceremony Friday, December 5.

AWARDS:  $6,000 in cash awards will be presented to selected artists, along with one Artist-In-Residence award. All artists’ works will be available for sale during the exhibition, and artists may choose to accept a complimentary 10×10 booth space in the opening weekend art exposition, December 6-7, 2014.

JURORS:  Individuals involved in the selection process include curators, professional artists, art educators, art administrators, and national park representatives. This year’s jury includes Julie Lazar, Director of International Contemporary Arts Network and founding Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Mike Buchheit, Director of Grand Canyon Field Institute and professional photographer; and Katherine Hough, Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum.

THEME:  All artwork entries shall be inspired by or depict the unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history.

ARTISTS:  Open to living artists, working in various media, from around the world, age 18 and over.

MEDIA:  Original work created by the artist in the last five (5) years in a variety of media, including

  • Painting: Watercolor, goauche, oil, acrylic.
  • Works on Paper: Drawing, printmaking, computer generated art; chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons; inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
  • Photography: Color or black and white.
  • Mixed Media: 2- and 3-dimensional works incorporating more than one type of material in their production, including assemblage and collage.
  • Sculpture: Including wood, metal, stone, glass, mosaics, ceramics, fiber, and recycled materials.

ARTIST’S BIO:  Submit an artist’s bio, artist statement, and link to art website with image(s) and entry form.

ENTRY IMAGES:  Submit digital images/photos of the actual artwork(s) to be considered for acceptance into the juried show. Submit jpeg images, maximum 2MB, high quality (300-dpi). Image file names must have artist’s last name and title of work (e.g. Jones-HiddenValleySky). Do not use watermarks, copyright notices, or identification on the images. Submit via online entry form or, email to: Artists without access to a computer may submit images and bio on a CD or thumb drive via mail.

RIGHTS:  Copyright and all other rights to the artwork will remain with the artist. JTNP Council for the Arts reserves the right to use juried images for publications, marketing, and promotional purposes.

ENTRY FEE:  $35 (USD) for up to 3 entries. Entry fee is non-refundable and due by 5 p.m. September 15, 2014. Make $35 check or money order payable to: JTNP Council for the Arts and mail to P.O. Box 1755, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, or submit online payment here. When mailing payment, include entry form, along with artist bio and images on CD/thumb drive (unless already submitted by email).

ENTRY DEADLINE:  September 15, 2014 by 5 p.m.

NOTIFICATION:  October 1, 2014 – Artists will be notified of acceptance into juried show by email or mail.

DELIVERY TO GALLERY:  December 1–3, 2014. Artwork accepted for the juried show is due no earlier than Monday, December 1, and no later than 12 noon Wednesday, December 3, 2014, hand delivered or shipped to 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive (at National Park Dr.), P.O. Box 115, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-7819, Artists are responsible for artwork insurance and shipping costs to/from the gallery. A pre-paid return shipping label is required. More instructions will be sent with acceptance.

SALES:  All work must remain on display for the duration of the show. A 35% commission on works sold during the show will be retained by JTNP Council for the Arts and 29 Palms Art Gallery. Sales tax will be collected by the gallery. Artists will receive payment within 30 days of close of show.

CLOSE OF EXHIBITION:  December 28, 2014. Unsold artwork in the juried art exhibition should be picked up at the 29 Palms Art Gallery on Monday, December 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or other time by prior arrangement). Return shipping begins January 5, 2015.


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