Call For Entries: “Darkness & Shadow”

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, March 2020


For our March gallery show, we are seeking work that speaks to darkness and shadow portrayed both in their literal and symbolic form.

“Please submit work that expresses the hidden or mysterious, the raw and visceral, the ominous or unwanted. What do shadows illuminate? What does darkness obscure?”

We are looking for both 2 and 3-dimensional painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital creations.



Artists to Observe:
Kara Walker, Edvard Munch, Tim Burton, Egon Shiele, Diane Arbus, Sally Mann

More Visual Inspiration:
Artwork: Shane Izykowski (juror), Derek Bacchus, Cayen Robertson (2)


MEDIA: All Media, including 3D/Sculptural works & digitally created prints

  • Open to all artists age 16 and over.
  • Submission limit: 3 works per artist.
  • Works previously displayed in the O’Hanlon Gallery are not eligible.


  • All work must be ready for display. Paint, glue, etc. must be dry!
  • Wall hung pieces must be prepared for hanging, with all necessary hardware.  For guidance on how to prepare your art for hanging, click here.
  • Label all work with Artist’s name & Contact information.
  • Bring resume and/or artist statement, if desired. (2 pages max.)


  • On Entry Dates shown below… please hand-deliver (no slides or digital submissions) up to three pieces of work to: 
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts • 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941
  • $40 to enter up to 3 pieces for non-members (due at drop-off)
  • $30 to enter up to 3 pieces for members.



Entry Dates: (in person)
Friday, February 21, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, February 22, 11 am – 1 pm

Artist Notification: (by email)
Tuesday, February 25, by 5pm

Art Pick-Up: Non Selected Works
Friday, February 28, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday: February 29, 11 am – 1 pm
Tuesday: March 3, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Exhibition Opens:
Thursday: February 27

Artist Roundtable Discussion & Reception
Tuesday, March 3: 4 – 5:30 pm (roundtable discussion)
5:30 – 7:30 (Opening Reception)

Exhibition Closes
Thursday, March 26

Art Pick-Up: Unsold Works
Friday, March 27, 11am – 4 pm
Saturday, March 28, 11am – 1 pm

Please Note Entry Dates / Times carefully. Late delivery of artwork is not allowed.

About the Juror:  Shane Izykowski

Shane Izykowski lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Shane works as a full time painter and sculptor at his studio at Pacific Felt Factory showing in galleries and exhibitions from San Francisco to LA to Chicago. He is the host of the “Drawing From Experience” podcast, a weekly show dedicated to practical, motivational and inspirational advice for artists in today’s world. His work is a definitive collection of past experience, new challenges and personal growth. He has spent a great deal of time experimenting with music, fine art, special effects, makeup, filmmaking, writing, costuming, mural work and photography.

Shane was accepted into the Artspan Residency Program, been listed in the 40 under 40 by the Pocono record, and had his costumes featured on national television. Shane proudly stands alongside others in the Dark Art movement, which is growing steadily from a very select few cities around the globe. Shane’s mission, through his artwork, is to depict the depth of the human experience through the exploration of visceral imagery, honest emotion and the common threads that tie us all together. It revolves around the idea of healing, despite emotional turmoil, trauma and grief.

You can view Shane’s Website at

Please contact Ellen Mattesi via email or 415-388-4331 with any questions.


Gallery Policies/Requirements include:

  • For most exhibits, not all artists will have artwork selected for showing. Final artwork selections are up to the Exhibit Juror(s) and/or Installer/curator, both of which vary from show to show.
  • Accepted work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.Artists agree to make a 30% tax-deductible donation to OHCA from all sales.
  • While all reasonable care is taken with submitted artwork, OHCA strongly recommends that exhibiting artists carry their own insurance. OHCA and representatives will not assume any liability for any damage or loss.
  • By submitting work, artists agree that photographic images and/or video of the artist and/or their artwork, in whole or in part, may be used by OHCA for publicity in various forms including print, online and social media.
Postcard Art: Derek Bacchus | Design: Jeremy Thornton