Aquarium of the Pacific Seeks Artists For “Our Urban Ocean” Art Exhibition

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Call for Art: The Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo by Miroslav Petrasko

Call for Artists: Urban Ocean Festival Art Exhibition Juried Show at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Call for Art: The Aquarium of the Pacific is accepting images via JPEG format to be juried for its upcoming Urban Ocean Festival event. All submitted art pieces should fall under the theme of “Our Urban Ocean,” which may include artwork about our ports, human uses of the ocean (i.e. scuba diving, water sports, beach activities), marine life affected by the urban ocean, and/or ocean pollution. The theme of your work should be how you see the urbanized coast and ocean and what it means to you. To be considered, art MUST be appropriate for a family audience.

Please note that if your artwork is accepted, you’re required to be available at the Urban Ocean Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2011.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 18th by 6pm

Up to five submissions are welcome. There will be winners in each of the four categories, which will include painting/drawing, digital/photography, mixed media, and sculpture/3D. 1st place in each category will receive $500, and 2nd place will receive $250. One artist (selected from the first-place artists from each of the four categories) will then be selected as the Grand Prize winner and will receive an additional $250. Only the eight winners (1st and 2nd place for each category) will display their art at the festival.

“Urban Ocean Festival,” held the weekend of June 18-19, 2011, will be a chance for families to explore and celebrate Southern California’s Urban Ocean while learning about the human uses for the coastal ocean and the impacts on marine life. The weekend will include an art contest, poetry readings, food, booths, and educational activities.

Artists selected for this event may choose to sell their work onsite; please be advised that the Aquarium will charge commission.

Eligibility: The call is open to all emerging artists working in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. All forms of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, and installation art are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Jury: This is a juried exhibition. All submissions will be juried by a panel from the Long Beach arts community with a broad range of expertise.

Media: Drawings, printmaking, digital/new media, photography, painting, installation, sculpture, etc., are all possibly valid. Selected pieces must be ready to either display on easel or stand alone on the ground. No pieces will have hanging capabilities. Please note here will be no access to additional lighting.

Original artwork in any medium within the exhibit theme will be accepted for review; however, we currently cannot support video or sound-based media.

Submission Guidelines: In an effort to conserve resources, the Aquarium accepts only digital images for consideration (see details below). Up to FIVE digital images can be submitted at

Submission images must meet the following specifications:

  • File names are the artist’s last name followed by the entry number (i.e. Jones1.jpg).
  • Image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction and 72dpi. Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork).

Notification: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email no later than May 31, 2011. You will be notified which piece(s) will be exhibited and receive more details on the Urban Ocean Festival. Please no phone calls – if you have any questions, please email

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