Call for Art: Works on Paper

Brand Library & Art Center

Glendale, CA

The 47th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper

Deadline: May 20th, 2019

Exhibition: September 7th - October 25th

Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California announces its 47th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Cash awards total over $4,000 including a Juror’s Award.  All accepted artworks will be included in a printed exhibition catalog. This year we welcome Alma Ruiz, an independent curator, Senior Fellow at Sotheby’s Institute of Art/Claremont Graduate University and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami as our juror. Ruiz brings a wealth of experience to Brand 47 as a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles who has also curated internationally in Mexico, Argentina, Israel and Guatemala. Ruiz has acted as a juror for numerous exhibitions and biennials in the United States and Latin America and is the author of numerous essays and articles.

Brand 47 is organized by the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds to support the extensive free and public events offered at Brand, including exhibits in the gallery, classical and popular music performances, film screenings, and dance performances. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Associates, a milestone which will be celebrated throughout 2019. Entry fees and sales from Brand 47 and every Annual Works on Paper Exhibition are utilized by the Associates to continue the important cultural programming that Brand Library & Art Center brings to the community.

Entry Deadline: May 20, 2019 

Please submit your entry early as there is a maximum number of artists that we can accommodate.

 REQUIREMENTS: Media: Any artwork on or of paper, including collages, drawings, paintings, photography, prints, and 3-dimensional works. Paper must be a visible component of the artwork.  Images: Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3. Entry Fee: $30.00 plus $15 each additional entry. Fee for one is $30, total for two is $45, and the total for three is $60. No more than three may be submitted. Applications include a first-person artist’s statement (maximum 250 words).

 All submissions must be made via CaFE (, a widely utilized on-line submission service that connects artists to exhibition opportunities. To submit, artists must create a free CaFE profile and upload images and information about the work(s) they wish to submit to the Brand 47 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper call. Help for artists new to CaFE is available on the website:

Important Dates for Brand 47:

April 1                 Call for Entries Opens

May 20                Deadline for CaFE Submissions  (NOTE: the deadline is 11:59 pm Mountain Time)

June 1-6                   Notification of Acceptance

July 30-August 15    Shipped Artwork must arrive at Brand Library & Art Center between these dates

August 17                 Hand Delivered Artwork Due (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

September 7         Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony

October 25           Exhibition Closes

October 26           Pick-up of Hand Delivered Artwork (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

November 23           Shipped Artwork Returned by this Date

No exceptions will be made to any of the above dates.

ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to artists residing in the United States. Entries must be original artwork executed within the preceding two years and not previously exhibited at Brand Library & Art Center. Any artwork misrepresented by the images submitted may be rejected. The Brand Associates and Juror reserve the right to decline any artwork deemed unacceptable and no refunds will be given for these entries. Accepted artworks may not be removed or substituted before the close of the exhibition. Artwork must be available between September 7 and October 25, 2019.


Before uploading images of artwork to their CaFE profile, artists should review the media preparation instructions provided on the CaFE website: Frames and mats should not be visible in the submitted image(s). 


PRESENTATION: Framed artwork should be professionally prepared for hanging and exhibition. Hand-delivered artworks can be glazed with glass, but shipped artworks must use acrylic. All artwork will be handled and hung following professional gallery protocols. Unframed artwork is accepted however artists submitting unframed work assume the inherent risk that the exposed surface may accidentally be damaged during the run of the exhibition.

DELIVERY AND RETURN: Accepted artworks must be hand-delivered or shipped to Brand Library & Art Center according to the schedule in this call. Shipped artworks will be returned within three weeks after the close of the exhibition in the same packaging in which they were received. A prepaid return shipping label (UPS or Fed Ex) and a $30 handling fee are required for all shipped work. Instructions for shipped artworks will be included with acceptance letters. 

SALES: Unless specified “NFS,” all artworks will be offered for sale. If a price is not indicated on the entry form, the piece will be considered NFS. The Brand Associates take a 25% commission on sales. Payment to artists will be mailed within three weeks after the close of the exhibition. Prices provided on the entry form are final and may not be changed.

CATALOG: There will be a catalog of the exhibition. Artists whose artworks are accepted will be entitled to a complimentary copy. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

QUESTIONS? Contact Debra Thompson, Brand 47 Exhibition Chair: [email protected]

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