Call for Artists: Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition

The Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition

Sacramento, CA

The Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition

Exhibition dates: January 8th – Feburary 20th, 2021

The Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition was first juried in 1940, a tradition that continues to the present day. Over the past 80 years, this prestigious show has included many premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, and Wayne Thiebaud.  In the past, this competition has solely featured California artists.  However, starting in 2021, the exhibition will be open to submissions from all artists nationally.  Works selected by this year’s juror, Carrie Lederer will be on display in all 4 galleries at Blue Line Arts.  Cash awards will be presented for the following:

1st place: $2,000

2nd place: $1,500

3rd place: $1,000

4th place: $750

5th place: $250

Crocker Art Museum staff will select five pieces from the show (which may or may not be award winners), for public display at the museum following the exhibit at Blue Line Arts from February 28th to May 9th, 2021. 

Juror: Carrie Lederer is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who exhibits her nature-inspired work across the United States. Lederer is a recipient of the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Award, and she has completed commissions for Facebook, UCSF Medical Center, Art Source and private collection. She has built site-specific installations for Turtle Bay Museum, de Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and many others. Her work was profiled in a cover story for MUSES, published by Michigan State University  Department of Arts and Letters, and included in New American Paintings. Lederer’s work has been widely reviewed in publications that include ARTnews, San Francisco Chronicle, Diablo Magazine, and Lederer earned her BFA in Sculpture from Michigan State University. She lives and works in Oakland.

Lederer was also Curator of Exhibitions at the Bedford Gallery for 25 years. During her tenure she curated over 75 informative and provocative exhibitions, many of which have traveled nationally including Cut Up / Cut Out,  Tradition Interrupted, The World of Frida,  BLOW UP: Contemporary Inflatable Sculpture, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, My Hero: Contemporary Art and Superhero Action. Under her guidance, the gallery consistently presented diverse and inspiring work by a broad range of local, national, and international artists. Lederer’s special talent lies in creating a contextual framework for individual works of art, whether historical, contemporary, or community focused. She constructed a program that is a living weave of exhibitions, many stretching beyond conventional constraints of subject matter and approach to installation. Lederer is now an independent curator.

Important Dates

Application deadline: Online applications must be submitted by 5:00pm PST on November 1st, 2020.

Show dates: January 8th – February 20th, 2021

Notifications: results will be sent by 5pm PST on November 20th, 2020.

Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: December 20th, 2020

Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: January 3rd and 4th from 10-3pm

Opening Reception - Awards and Crocker Selections announced: January 19th, 2021

Closing Reception and People’s Choice Award announced: February 16th, 2021

Pick up unsold work from Blue Line Gallery: February 21 & 22, 2021 10am to 3pm

5 Artists Selected for the Crocker Art Museum: February 28th to May 9th 2021

Application fee: A nonrefundable application fee of $45 for up to three images and $5 per each additional image (up to 10).


  • Open to all artists residing in the United States.
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply.

Limitation and restrictions

  • All work must be original and completed within the last two years.
  • Works must not have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts.
  • All 2-D works must be ready to hang with wire backing (no sawtooth hangers).
  • All artwork must be for sale.
  • Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions and receives a 50% commission from all gallery sales for non-members and a 40% commission from artist members. (Artist level Membership costs $72 for the year starting the day you join) 
  • Accepted artwork which differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified.
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date.
  • The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and should have a prepaid label from FedEx or UPS (No US Post) for return of artwork.
  • Size limitations:
    • Artwork must be able to enter through the doors with a clearance of 94”h x 91” w.
    • Ceilings in gallery are 10 feet tall.

Application requirements: Applicants must apply using the online application form, available through the Blue Line Arts website, There is a $45 fee for all applicants. Up to 10 additional images can be submit for an extra $5/image. Please capitalize first letters of all names, titles and medium in application. 

  • Image specifications:
    • Between 1mb and 3mb in size
    • Minimum of 1200 px on one side
    • Images must be in JPG format.

Questions: If you have any questions about submitting to the Crocker-Kingsley Competition, please contact Blue Line Arts staff during open hours at (916) 783-4117 or email: [email protected]


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