Call for Art - Dépayser

Alliance Française de Pasadena

Pasadena, CA

Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by 10:00 AM


The French language consists of many words that cannot be translated neatly into English. “Dépayser” describes the fundamental experience of leaving your comfort zone: that which accompanies, for example, learning a new language or visiting a foreign country. Literally, the verb “dépayser” means to displace somebody, causing a change in scenery and routine, and by extension, disorientation and a feeling of strangeness. This upheaval is particularly manifest in art, as Marcel Proust explains in Time Regained: “Our vanity, our passions, our spirit of imitation, our abstract intelligence, our habits have long been at work, and it is the task of art to undo this work of theirs, making us travel back in the direction from which we have come to the depths where what has really existed lies unknown within us.” As part of the International Month of Francophonie, the Alliance Française de Pasadena invites artists to show their work inspired by the French word “dépayser.”



Open to all California artists age 18 and older.

All fine art will be considered (hand-delivered only.)

Hanging works should be wired (no saw-tooth hangers.) Artists must provide their own pedestals for sculpture.

Please keep in mind that sculptures will need to fit through a standard-sized door.



Each artist may submit up to 3 images for a non-refundable fee of $15.

Fees must be paid to complete the submission process. 

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Send up to 3 images (jpeg, 300 dpi, max 1000 pixels on the longest side) to:

[email protected] (subject line: DEPAYSER.)

Label files with artist name and image number (ex: First name_Last name_1.jpg.)

In the body of the email, include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, as well as an image list.

Format image list as follows:

Image 1. Title, year, dimensions, medium, price

Image 2. Title, year, dimensions, medium, price

Image 3. Title, year, dimensions, medium, price

Artists may include one optional statement of up to 200 words in the body of their submission email.


The selection of the artworks will be made by Fanchon Gérardin, executive director of the Alliance Française de Pasadena, Valerie Daval, artist and curator for the AFDP, and Lacey Minot, art history graduate and AFDP intern.



Sales are encouraged. The Alliance Française de Pasadena retains a 40% commission on any works sold. Artists should include the commission in their sales prices. Sales tax will be administered by the AFDP.



The Alliance Française de Pasadena does not carry art insurance. Artist may self-insure the work that is on exhibit at the AFDP.



  • Entry Deadline Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by 10:00 AM
  • Accepted artists notified via email by Thursday, March 1
  • Hand-deliver work Wednesday, March 14, between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Opening reception Sunday, March 18, 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Closing dateand pick up work Thursday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 



By submitting work, the artist agrees that the work will be available during the exhibition dates listed. S/he will deliver and pick up work on the dates specified. Alternate work may not be substituted for that which has been previously selected by the AFDP. The artist grants the Alliance Française de Pasadena permission to use images of accepted works for public relations, marketing, and archival purposes.

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