New Calls for Artists

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"Where do you find these interesting assignments?"  I get asked that A LOT and the truth is it is a lot of work, but I love to research so it more like treasure hunting for me!  

My plan is to update Action Steps every Monday with new calls and reminders of impending deadlines!  If you get a tiny spark of inspiration - run with it! 

Do something that scares you!

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Stories to Art

Stories to Art is a new (to me) site I came across recently.  While I have not applied yet, it looks intriguing. I love a good challenge and this looks like a mighty fun one at that! 

According to their website, "everyone has a story and that story — whether a shared moment, cherished memory, or even a vivid flight of imagination — is uniquely personal.

Art is personal, too. We wanted to come up with a way to transform our stories into artwork that speaks to our hearts in ways words simply can't. Thus, StoriesToArt was born.

StoriesToArt is a way for people to commission exclusive pieces of fine art, poetry, or music directly inspired by their own stories. 

I am going to start an account on their site and dive into some of their briefs. Will update if anything comes of it.  - Feel free to join me! 


Here is another call I am checking out in the upcoming weeks. I have been working on a personal project that seems to line up with the guidelines so I posting this one here for my own reference, but again - if you are even a tiny bit interested in this show - ENTER.  You're welcome. 

Arts Benicia

991 Tyler Street Suite 114
Benicia CA 94510


Entry Deadline: 9/15/18

Entry Fee (Arts Benicia Members pay only $35): $45.00
Entry Fee (Member entry fee): $35.00        

The history of art shows us that artists and plants are a natural pairing. Artists have been creating botanical lore for centuries, inspired by the forms, colors, myths, metaphors, science, and symbolism of plants. Artists working in all media are invited to share their botanical expressions and depictions. 

Accepted artists will be invited to attend the member preview, and to talk about their work (optional), as well as to the public reception. Artists hand-delivering work will be provided with promotional postcards. Artists shipping their work will receive digital version of the postcard.

Artist and curator Jennifer Perlmutter balances the influences of nature and civilization in her work, combining environmental character with urban features in a complex layering to create a push-pull of color, figure and texture. Botanicals were her first subjects, used to explore watercolors and oils in the late 90s. She produced chinoiserie, artwork and deep, layered finishes on high-end furniture, featured in LA's Pacific Design Center. Perlmutter ultimately found her niche in mixed media on wood and canvas, which is her predominant medium today. She opened a gallery in Lafayette, CA in 2014, exhibiting a diverse program of contemporary art. Perlmutter's work has been widely commissioned, collected internationally, and shown in New York, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Entries must be uploaded and submitted through CaFE. All media will be considered: painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book art, video, sound art, and installation. Size limitations: wall work no larger than 36” in either dimension; sculptural work no taller than 6 feet, 30 pounds weight, or a 36” footprint. For information about gallery layout or installations, direct inquiries to

For optimal juror viewing, submit the highest quality images. Maximum file size for each still image is 5 MB. Video/audio file guidelines are here. If your photo software specifies file quality levels instead of pixels (i.e., you are submitting an image directly from a cell phone), choose "actual size" or “very high quality.” Please DO NOT include your name in your file titles. If your work benefits from explanation or an accompanying statement, there is an option to provide one in the entry process. It will be seen by the juror, but not the gallery. Omit your name from the optional artist statement. Accepted artists will be asked later to provide statements and resumes to the gallery.

Entry fee of $45 (or $35 for current Arts Benicia members; select at checkout); this includes submission of up to 3 artworks. 

To review other benefits of membership, including NARM, or to join Arts Benicia before submitting your entry, call or visit and then return to this page. You do not need to wait for verification of membership before completing your application to In the Fields. 

Fee may be paid through CaFE (using a credit card or Paypal), or paid directly to Arts Benicia using any form of payment once the entry has been submitted through CaFE. To pay by check, upload your images onto CaFE, complete the entry form on CaFE, and select check as the payment option. Mail your check to Arts Benicia, or bring payment to the gallery during office hours, before the deadline. Accepted artists will be notified via email on or before October 1. 

Artwork Preparation. Secure a label to your artwork with your name, materials and/or technique, the title, price if the work is for sale, or the dollar value if the work is not for sale. Work intended for hanging must arrive ready to hang, with a mechanism adequate and appropriate for the artwork dimensions and weight. We do not accept sawtooth hangers. If special installation instructions are required, include them in your delivery or shipment.

Walk-in Delivery is Oct 25 through Oct 27, between 11 and 2 PM only. We cannot store packing materials of hand-delivered work. If someone other than the artist will deliver the work, the submitting artist must contact us in advance, and complete an exhibition contract by email, fax, or mail. Pick up of unsold work is January 10 through 12, 2019, between 11-2 PM. The gallery and office close over the winter holidays.


Lisa Quintero, Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager