Call for Artists

Seismic Shift: Confronting Catastrophe



Catastrophes force us to confront how we live and to reflect upon our past and our future. The artists of  Seismic Shift: Confronting Catastrophe respond to cataclysmic shifts due to natural or economic disasters, political policy, immigration, gentrification, and other occurrences by exploring how we process, critique, analyze or adapt to fundamental changes in our surroundings, beliefs or worldviews. This exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists from across California whose practices engage with destruction and processes of reconstruction.

LAUNCH LA, in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio, invites all California visual artists to submit work for a juried exhibition and competition at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA,  November 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017

JURIED by MacKenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles



2 Gallery Exhibition Awards - Two artists will be awarded exhibitions at Launch LA's main Los Angeles gallery in 2018/19



Open to all California artists age 18 and older.

All fine arts visual media will be considered.

2D work should be no larger than 48" x 48", 3D work no larger than 72"H x 36"W x 36"D and weigh less than 50 lbs.

Framed 2D work must be wired (no saw tooth hangers).

Alternative display methods may be used only with the approval of LAUNCH LA; the artist must supply any special hardware 



Each artist may submit up to 3 images for a non-refundable fee of $32. Detail shots count toward image total.  Payment of fees is required to complete the submission process. 

Entry fees may be paid by PayPal or check. Send PayPal funds to or [email protected]  Add a note with the artist's name to insure completion of submission.

Checks should include a memo with the artist's name.  Make checks payable to and mailed to






TO SUBMIT: email to [email protected] (subject line Seismic Shift) Include up to 3 images (300 dpi, max 1000 pixels on the longest side), image file name should include artist's initials then the image number. (Ex: emw 01.jpg, emw 02.jpg etc.) Jpeg, tiff, giff or pdf images. Include an image list in the body of your email with:


Mailing Address

Phone number & email address

Note your method of entry fee payment

Format image list as follows

1  Title, year completed, dimensions, media, price, (photo credit if applicable)

2. Title, year completed, dimensions, media, price, (photo credit if applicable)

3. Title, year completed, dimensions, media, price, (photo credit if applicable) 

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



Sales are encouraged. LAUNCH LA and Avenue 50 Studio retain a 50% commission on any works sold. Artists should include the commission in their sales prices.  Sales tax will be administered by LAUNCH LA.



  • Entry Deadline Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by  11:59 PM, PST
  • Accepted artists notified via email by 5 PM Monday October 30.  
  • Deadline to receive shipped work November 8, 2017 (Instructions in acceptance email.)
  • Hand-deliver work 11AM-4PM, Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 (Instructions in acceptance email.)
  • Installation Date  November 8-10, 2017
  • Opening reception Friday, November 11, 2017
  • Closing date  Dec 2, 2017
  • Pick up work Sunday, Dec 3, 11AM-4PM



 Artists will be responsible for all shipping costs. Shipped work must be sent with a prepaid return shipping label inside the package. We will re-use your packaging to return works. Make sure your shipping company will pick up at the gallery, as we cannot deliver packages to shippers. Hand delivered work will be ready for pick up on Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 between 11AM and 4PM  



By submitting work, the artist agrees that the work will be available during the exhibition dates listed, and will deliver or ship  and pick up your work on the dates specified. Alternate work may not be substituted for work selected by the juror.  The artist(s)  grant Launch LA  permission to use images of accepted works for public relations, marketing, and archival purposes



MACKENZIE STEVENS is a curatorial assistant at the Hammer Museum. She was part of the curatorial team for Hammer Projects with Francis Upritchard, Lily van der Stokker, Maria Hassabi, Pedro Reyes, Marwa Arsanios, Kevin Beasley, and Judith Hopf as well as Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957 (Hammer presentation), Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, and most recently, Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World, and has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues, brochures, and the museum's website She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pace Gallery, New York; the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and the Hammer Museum. 

LAUNCH LA believes exposure to the arts enhances quality of life and strengthens community through the shared appreciation of creative expression in all its forms and hybrids. LAUNCH LA is passionate about providing artists with quality opportunities to present themselves and their creations that reflect our times to a curious and enthusiastic audience at important happenings throughout Los Angeles. 

AVENUE 50 STUDIO is an arts presentation organization grounded in Chicana/o and Latina/o culture, visual arts, and the Northeast Los Angeles area. We seek to build bridges of cultural understanding through artistic expressions. We develop programming to inform our community through innovative projects that connect artists, students, academics, and members of the community. Avenue 50 is committed to providing a place where the life and artistic interests of an under-served community can be made visible

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