Call for Entries
Art: Naomi Tamura. Design by Jeremy Thornton
Friends and Members of OHCA, you are invited to submit your artwork for our upcoming O’Hanlon In Gallery Exhibition: LOCAL INSPIRATION juried by Dr. Natasha Boas
Exhibition Dates: June 15 – July 16, 2021
Submissions accepted on JotForm
from April 30 to May 28 at 11 pm.
For our next IN GALLERY show, we are going LOCAL! This is a geographically restricted call for works inspired by the Greater Bay Area. Who or What in your environment has been an artistic inspiration? What place, person, or cause in your community has been a force for your creativity?
Open to all visual media except video. Contemporary, expressionistic, abstract, exploratory, and/or experimental entries encouraged.
Our Juror is Bay Area Resident Natasha Boas Ph.D.
Dr. Natasha Boas is a dynamic French-American independent international contemporary art curator, writer, and art advisor based in the San Francisco and Paris. Working as ‘Collaborator/Catalyst/Convener,’ Dr. Boas is artist-focused and committed to innovative models and the re-thinking of art historical narratives and conventions. She is an arts advocate.
Please, take note of the following:
- Our entry and first round jury process will be done online.
- NEW: This show jury process will be two tiered. After the juror reviews works online, she will ask for her first-round choices to be delivered to the gallery for the final selection.
- The exhibition is a IN GALLERY show. Accepted works must be able to be delivered and ready to hang.
- Artwork for this show may NOT be mailed.
- Each artist may submit up to 3 individual pieces of artwork for consideration. Diptychs or triptychs are considered one piece and must be shown in one image.
- Call open to all artists age 16 and over.
- Submissions fees $40 for NON-Members, $30 for Members
- Join as a NEW member now for $95/1 year and get a free submission. A Coupon Code will be provided after you join.
- Works previously shown at the O’Hanlon Gallery in-house or online are not eligible.
- DEADLINE: FRIDAY, May 28 3at 11 pm. Pacific time for online submission.
- FRIDAY, June 4 by 5 P.M.: Pieces chosen for the first round by our juror will be announced by email.
- June 5, 7 or 8: First round selections delivered to OH Gallery
- THURSDAY June 10: Second round and final selections will be announced.
- TUESDAY June 15. We will host a Zoom Online Roundtable discussion at 4pm for artists to expand on and share with others. Friends & family are invited to attend.
- July 16 – Show Closes. Pick up unsold work July 17, 19 and 20.
Email email@example.com with questions.
SUBMISSION INFO NEEDED
- Artist’s Name
- Phone Number
- Website (if Applicable)
- Title of Artwork
- Dimensions H” x W” x D” (if sculpture)
For In-Person shows dimensions must include frame
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 Ellen Mattesi, Director of Operations at O’Hanlon Canter for the Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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 for that show. (First time joining, only… does not currently apply to renewals.) Individual membership starts at $95/annually.
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?
Most Exhibits run for a total of either 21 or 28 days, which varies from month-to-month.
Shows usually open for viewing the Thursday 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?
We do not currently have a size limit. The Gallery walls are quite high.
However, we strongly encourage you to not submit more than one “extra-large” piece per/show. (i.e. over 60” in any dimension.) Jurors will rarely accept more than one very large piece from a single artist, and we have very limited storage space.
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.
If you submit a large canvas, we request that you be diligent in picking it up during stated pickup hours, due to limited storage area.
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?
We keep it pretty ‘old-school’ here at O’Hanlon for many reasons!
Many of our Jurors especially appreciate being able to view the actual artwork itself, rather than 2D images of varying quality, which may or may not fully represent the ‘spirit of the work.'
Our current schedule requires us to install Exhibitions immediately after they have been Juried, usually the very next day.
We like to have the personal touch in all of our interactions with artists. It’s not just a ‘transaction’ accomplished by a few clicks online.
By-hand submission often allows us to install more artwork/show, due to having the actual framed artworks in hand when installation is planned.
We consider ourselves a Regional Art Center… so prefer that work comes from the immediate surrounding areas.
We DO accept online submissions once or twice/year, including the Bay Area Women Artists Exhibit, which is juried by experienced Gallery owners who are very accustomed to selecting work from photos. We sometimes have online submissions for other select shows, which vary from year to year.
This topic is an ongoing discussion with our Exhibition Committee… so we reserve the right to amend our process at some point!
How many entries do you receive?
The number of entries varies from show to show, but most exhibits receive entries from 30 to 70 artists. The average is about 60 artists. (Who each submit between 1 and 3 pieces.)
The Annual “Bay Area Women Artists” show has traditionally been the most popular, receiving entries from up to 130 artists in recent years.
How many artworks are displayed in each exhibit?
Most exhibits in the O’Hanlon Gallery have 35-50 pieces shown. The Annual Members’ Show usually has more, and extends into our 2nd Gallery in the Loft.
The final installation is up to the curator/installer, based on the pieces selected by the exhibit's juror.
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.