Call for Entries
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
Thursday: February 27
Artist Roundtable Discussion & Reception
Tuesday, March 3: 4 – 5:30 pm (roundtable discussion)
5:30 – 7:30 (Opening Reception)
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 ShaneIzykowski.com.
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
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.