Call for Entries
Enter the 17th Annual Wabi-Sabi
IN GALLERY O’Hanlon Center Show
DROP OFF SUBMISSIONS IN PERSON: September 24 & 25, 2021
Show postcard art: Phyllis Thelen. Design: Jeremy Thornton
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts invites you to submit work for our
17th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition
“…celebrating the simple, the rustic, the unassuming; the dignity of things imperfect, uncontrolled and incomplete; the transient beauty of the natural world…”
When seeking to understand Wabi-Sabi, it is helpful to contemplate the idea that beauty is inherent in a simple object, which in turn evokes a quiet, thoughtful mood and atmosphere. The emphasis of this exhibit will be not on the final perfected form of the work, but on how well pieces reflect a sense and feeling of this elusive concept. In particular, focus will be on the imaginative use of natural materials that may include found objects.
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts emphasizes the creative process and the continued pursuit of meaning and authenticity through observation, exploration and experimentation. See the Wabi-Sabi portion of the OHCA website for inspiration and more resources: ohanloncenter.org/wabi-sabi/
THIS IS AN IN-GALLERY SHOW WITH A PHYSICAL DROP OFF OF YOUR WORK REQUIRED FOR ARTWORK SUBMISSION!
MEDIA: All Media
- Open to all artists aged 16 and over.
- Submission limit: 3 works per artist.
- Please do not submit works previously displayed in the O’Hanlon Gallery.
- All work must be ready for display. Paint, glue, etc. must be dry!
- Wall hung pieces must be securely wired. All work must be able to be carried in by one person!
- Label all work with Artist’s name, email, website (if applicable) Telephone, Medium, Size& Price, if for sale.
- Bring resume and/or artist statement, if desired. (2 pages max.)
ENTRY PROCESS: 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 9494. There is an artwork submission form to fill in- which can be done by hand on the day, or you can do in advance via this PDF and print 3 copies of the first page to bring in with you.
ABOUT THE JUROR: Marcia Lieberman
Marcia is a photographer, author and academic. She taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Art in Oakland on such subjects as time and space, dwellings, and the interview as visual entity. She resides in San Francisco and passes much of her time at the San Francisco Zen Center where she studies temple arts,the way of tea and altar flower arranging. Marcia recently finished her graduate course in Buddhist Scholarship at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Seminary, University of California Berkeley. She is the author of Clean Slate, Images from Dogen’s Garden among other works.
- Entry Dates: Fri Sept 24, 11am – 4pm,
Sat Sept 25, 10 am–1 pm
- Exhibition Dates: Sept 30 – November 11, 2021
- Pick up for non-selected works:
Thurs. Sept 30 & Friday Oct 1, 10 am – 3 pm
and Tues. Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Roundtable: Tuesday Oct 5, 4:00 pm in the Gallery
- Reception: Tuesday Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30
- Close of Show art pick up: Friday Nov 11 and Saturday Nov 12
Entry Fee: $30 OHCA members, $40 non-members, for up to three pieces. Payable on drop off.
Special Offer: Become a new OHCA member at the time of art delivery and receive one free entry! Call (415) 388-4331 or visit ohanloncenter.org for more details
- $40 or $30 for OHCA members
- People may become NEW first-time artist member of the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and have the submission fee waived. You can join when dropping off submissions
- Any entry fees paid by check should be written out to “O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.”
- Please contact the office: firstname.lastname@example.org to become a member or with any questions.
SUBMISSION INFO NEEDED FOR ONLINE SHOWS
- Artist’s Name
- Phone Number
- Website (if Applicable)
- Title of Artwork
- Dimensions H” x W” x D” (if sculpture)
You may upload 3 pieces of artwork for this show.
The image must be 1–5 MB
IMAGES NAMED as: FirstName_LastName_Title
*Please check the title and size of your images before uploading**
ENTRY FEE: $30 OHCA members / $40 Non-members
People may become NEW first time members of the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, for $95/year for a free submission. Any entry fees paid by check should be written out to “O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.” Please Contact Erma Murphy, Director at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, at email@example.com to become a member or with any questions.
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts (OHCA) Gallery Policies and Guidelines
By submitting artwork to be considered for any Exhibition,
Artist understands and agrees to the following:
Participants / Submissions:
Open to all aged 16 and over
Works previously shown at the O’Hanlon Gallery in house or online are not eligible.
Artwork Sales: Buyers will pay Artist directly for any art sales. Artist agrees to contact OHCA of this sale, and make a donation to OHCA of 30% of the sale price, on all sales of artwork within the first 60 days of the exhibition. This includes all artwork exhibited in an OHCA Gallery, in an online OHCA website gallery, and facilitated by OHCA. Donations to OHCA are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.
Publicity: 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 in various forms including but not limited to print, online and social media, for the sole purpose of publicizing this show. Artists agree to be added to O’Hanlon Center newsletter mailing list and can unsubscribe at any time.
How to Photograph Your Artwork
O’Hanlon member Dan Cassidy breaks it down here.
Do I need to be a member of O’Hanlon to submit artwork?
No! We encourage any interested artist to submit work to our shows. We welcome you to become a Member at any point, but Membership is only required for our Annual Members’ Exhibit.
If you join as a Member when submitting work for a Gallery show, we will waive your submission fee.
What kind of artists do you show?
No experience is required. Most of our exhibits are juried ‘blind’ so the Juror is viewing the work itself, without regard to artist name or reputation.
We love that our shows usually include a good mix of all experience levels, from experienced professional artists to people who might self-define as ‘recovering from bad junior high art classes!’
How long do the exhibits run?
In Person Shows usually open for viewing a few days PRIOR to the Opening Reception, which is normally held on the First Tuesday of the Month – as part of the Mill Valley First Tuesday Artwalk.
Who juries your exhibitions?
Jurors are usually Gallery owners or noted Artists with some experience in jurying shows. Some shows are curated by members of the Exhibition Committee, including the Annual Members’ Show.
Jurors are selected by the Staff, in consultation with the O’Hanlon Exhibition Committee.
Is there a size limit for art?
For our In-gallery shows we are currently limping the size to 48" wide for wall pieces with no limit to height.
The Gallery walls are quite high.
Even though a Juror may respond positively to a very large piece, they sometimes like to have the option to select a smaller work from the same artist, to enable the inclusion of more work/more artists in a given show.
Our Online exhibitions do NOT have a size restriction.
How many pieces can I submit?
For most shows, the maximum is 3 pieces.
See the Call for Entries for any variations.
How is a diptych or triptych counted?
They are counted as ONE entry.
However, we prefer that artists do not submit more than one ‘set’ per show. So, you may submit one Diptych or Triptych, plus 1 or 2 other individual pieces.
Diptychs/triptychs will not be split up, they will only be considered a “whole piece."
Does artwork have to be for sale?
No. While most pieces submitted are priced for sale, it is not a requirement. You may mark a piece as NFS (Not For Sale) or POR (Price on Request.)
When artwork does sell, the artist agrees to contribute 30% of sale price to OHCA, which is tax-deductible.
Payments are made directly to the Artist from the Buyer, usually by check.
Staff will facilitate any sales and payments to artist, although the artist is the Seller of Record.
Does artwork need to be framed?
Artwork does not need to be Framed.
It must be ‘ready for display’ and ‘ready for hanging’ if it is to be wall-hung.
What kind of hanging hardware is acceptable?
All wall-hung art should be wired for easy hanging.
Other types of hooks on the back of frames are very difficult to install and level properly. Our installers have to hang 40-60 pieces of work in a few hours. If you’re in doubt about proper hardware, please ask a Staff member.
Note: the most challenging kind of hook is a combination of two ‘saw-tooth’ hooks on both sides of the frame. Those are very difficult to hang properly, and will not be accepted.
Submission fee - is it per piece?
The submission fee is the same for ‘up to 3 pieces.’ i.e. the same fee for submitting one, two, or three pieces.
(See the specific Call for Entry for any variations. Member-only Shows may have a different limit.)
How do I label my artwork?
Submitted artwork should be labeled on an unseen side prior to delivery; that label will stay on the piece. At minimum, it should include Artist Name, Title, and Price (if for sale.) It can also include medium, dimensions, etc. We don’t remove or display those labels.
You will also fill out our Artwork Submission Form when you deliver your work, which will include all needed information for each piece. You’ll attach a copy of that form to each piece of artwork temporarily. This form is our official record from which we create the show Program, after the show is installed.
Why don’t you accept online submissions for every show?
For most of our shows we are accepting online submissions – sometimes through JotForm and sometimes through CaFE.
Our online shows are curated in groupings much like virtual rooms.
Quality images for online shows are a must for representing the work appropriately.
For the In Gallery shows, many of our jurors especially appreciate being able to view the actual artwork itself to see how it will relate to other works and the gallery space, so a first tier of selections may be done online with a second round in person. Please refer to the specific show call for details.
We consider ourselves a Regional Art Center… so we prefer that work that hangs in the gallery come from the Greater Bay Area so that we are not involved with the complications and expense of shipping works.
There may be occasional In-Gallery shows that require artists to drop off work before the jury selection. This is the case for our Annual Wabi-Sabi show. Please reference the specific call for details.
How many entries do you receive?
For our online shows there are more submissions as artists can participate from all over the globe.
While this is a newer program for us since 2020, we are seeing on average 300 artists submitting to online shows.
How many artworks are displayed in each exhibit?
Most exhibits in the O’Hanlon Gallery have 35 to 50 pieces.
The final installation is up to the curator/installer, based on the pieces selected by the exhibit's juror.
For online shows the number is between 40 and 80 works.
The Annual Members’ Show allows for ALL members to have one piece, so there are more than 50. As a result the show extends into our 2nd Gallery in the Loft and online for members who live out of the area.
Do you offer prizes or awards?
We do not currently offer prizes.
The philosophy and mission of O’Hanlon Center fosters a non-competitive experience of creating and experiencing art, as a way of nurturing individual creativity.
While most of our exhibits have a Juror who selects the work, we suggest that having artwork selected (or not) for a particular exhibit not be considered a value judgement of any kind. Most Jurors are expressing their preference in the moment of viewing, and some adhere tightly to the selected exhibit theme, while others do not.
I have a different question...?
Our Staff Directors are happy to answer your questions by phone or email!
Please view our Contact page and send us a message.