Mar 14, 2024

DBSA City of Angels

Los Angeles, CA

Open Call for Artists: Take Action for Mental Health Art Show

The Take Action for Mental Health Art Show, hosted by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance City of Angels Chapter, is set to take place on Friday, May 17, 2024. Featuring the creative works of 10 Los Angeles-based artists exploring mental health themes, this event invites submissions from talented individuals to show their work in a professional gallery setting.

Selected artists will each receive a cash prize of $1,000. This art show is made possible through the generous Take Action LA Grant provided by the California Mental Health Service Authority and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

About the Exhibition/Event:

We’re on the lookout for artists whose creations or personal journeys resonate deeply with mental health themes. This connection isn’t confined to diagnosed conditions; rather, we’re interested in artists whose creative expression or life experiences reflect a meaningful relationship with the mental health challenges we as people face every day.
Our exhibition revolves around the theme “Take Action for Mental Health,” aligning with the CalMHSA initiative. The Take Action for Mental Health campaign strives to empower Californians to nurture their own mental well-being and that of their loved ones. The slogan “Take Action for Yourself, Take Action for Others, and Take Action for Your Community,” underscores the collective effort needed to foster mental health resilience statewide.

Our aim is to assemble an inclusive and varied group of artists that amplifies voices from all walks of life, including those from backgrounds where mental health awareness or acceptance may be less common. Artists from diverse communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area are encouraged to submit their work.

Each of the 10 chosen artists will receive a $1,000 award for their participation in the event and will retain all proceeds from the sale of their artwork.

Submission Guidelines:

The call is open to Painters, Photographers, Illustrators, Mixed Media and Digital artists living in the Greater Los Angeles area.

-An artist statement that focuses on how your relationship with mental health connects to your art. (max 200 words)

-Artist Biography – (max 100 words)

-3-5 high-resolution images of proposed work(s) saved as a PDF titled [Last Name, First Name_Artwork]. Please include title of work, dimensions, year made, and price under pictures of artworks. All Artworks must be hang-ready.

Instagram Handle and/or Website

Submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2024 11:59 pm PST *no late submissions will be accepted*

Selection Process:

Selections will be based on artistic merit, creativity, relevance to the theme, and overall quality of the work.

Selected artists will be notified via email by May 1, 2024.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: Apr 15, 2024 11:59pm
Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2024
Delivery of Artworks: Wednesday, May 15, from 4pm-7pm
Date of Show: May 17,2024 6pm-9pm
Venue: Studio Buckman: 820 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, 91505

How to Submit:

Click the link below to apply

For inquiries and further information, please contact

Join us in celebrating creativity and expression! We look forward to seeing your amazing artwork.