Call for Entries
Art: Orin Carpenter. Design: Jeremy Thornton
Dates: Monday, March 8 to Tuesday, April 30, 2021, Online
Juror: Lauren Palmor, Ph.D. – Assistant Curator, American Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young \ Legion of Honor
ONLINE SUBMISSIONS OPEN:
Until Friday, February 26, 2021, at 11pm PST
America claims to be the land of the free, a country where dreams are nurtured and allowed to come true. It professes to welcome the immigrant and anyone seeking a better life.
But the experience of America to the individual living here is as broad as the country is big. Current events bring to light how far the myth is from reality for many within our borders. Yet some fortunate people do experience the abundance and opportunities available here.
We invite artists to share their uniquely American Experiences.Freedom of expression is still one of the sacred promises of the Founding Fathers. This show intends to encourage and honor that freedom through art.
*Suggestions of Artists for Inspiration: William H. Johnson, Andrea Kowch, Malcah Zeldis, Pacita Abad, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Maira Kalman, Amy Sherald, Charly Palmer
Lauren Palmor is the Assistant Curator of American Art at the de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She received a Master of Arts with Merit in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2009), and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington (2016), where her dissertation research addressed questions of ageism in the study of nineteenth-century art. She has held fellowships at Winterthur and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogs and scholarly publications, including Revelations: Art from the African American South (FAMSF, 2017), Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art (FAMSF in association with Yale, 2018), and American Art: Collecting and Connoisseurship (Merrell, 2020). She frequently supports institutional digital partnerships, working collaboratively to design new ways of sharing and experiencing American art with museum audiences.
This show will be an online exhibition at O’Hanlon Center For the Arts, Online Gallery
Please take note of the following dates and instructions:
Our entry and jury process will be completed online.
- Friday, February 26, at 11pm PST is the deadline for submission.
- Friday, March 5, at 5pm, Chosen artwork will be announced by email, & Invites will be sent out for our online Roundtable Discussion
- Tuesday March 9, This show will be exhibited on the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts” website.
- Tuesday, March 9, 4pm. We will host an online discussion, our traditional Artist Roundtable, for artists to expand on and share with others.
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.
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.