Open Call: California Open 2018

TAG Gallery

Los Angeles, CA


The 13th Annual 2018 California Open is a national juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art. Artists 18 years and older may submit Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, and Video works. Accepted work will be exhibited at TAG Gallery from August 8–25, 2018. All work will be for sale.

The California Open is hosted by TAG Gallery, located near LACMA and the Craft and Folk Arts Museum on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile. TAG features emerging and mid-career artists from Southern California in 5,400 sq. ft. of gallery space.


First Place $1,000
Second Place  $500
Third Place $250
Valerie Mendez Memorial Award
Honorable Mentions (3)



Kim Abeles is an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida.

Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and is a recipient of fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. Her work is in public collections including MOCA, LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, California African American Museum, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Abeles’ journals, books, and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.


The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older. All original Computer Art, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, and Video are available for consideration. Accepted work will be exhibited at TAG Gallery from August 8-25, 2018, and all work will be for sale. Artists are responsible for artwork that requires special installation or assembly. Video artists must provide a monitor, earphones (as necessary), and installation materials. Work must be original. Entries are limited to a maximum of six (6) works completed since 2013 and not shown previously at TAG Gallery (TAG member artists are not eligible).



Accepted artists will receive instructions for shipping and hand delivery. There is a $50 handling charge for shipped work. Shipping costs and insurance are the responsibility of the artist. A pre-paid return shipping label or air bill is mandatory. Reusable shipping containers only. No wood crates or Styrofoam peanuts.



All work must be original and available for sale. The artist must own the sole copyright to the art. Substitutions of accepted works will not be allowed, and all delivered work must match the image juried. Frames, mats and wiring must be professional quality and appropriate to the work. No saw-tooth hangers, please. Wiring must be in good condition and substantial enough for the weight of the artwork, or it will not be shown. Two-dimensional works on paper must be framed and under plexiglass (no glass will be accepted). All accepted work must remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.




Hanging works are limited to 60” height and 40” width including frame and may not exceed 30 lbs. per unit.Sculptures are limited to 48” height x 20” depth and may not exceed 40 lbs. including base. Video works may not exceed 10 minutes in length. Submitted works that are larger than dimensions specified above will not be considered and will be automatically disqualified before jurying process.



All work must be available for sale. There is a 50% commission to TAG Gallery on sales during the exhibition and 30 days subsequent to the close of the exhibition. No work may be removed from the gallery until the close of the exhibition, and prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance.


Artwork will be handled with the utmost care. Work will be insured while on display and in possession of TAG Gallery. TAG will not insure Artwork during transit. TAG Gallery reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity and documentary purposes. TAG Gallery allows researchers and commercial filmmakers to use the gallery as a backdrop. All copyrights for the artwork are retained by the artist.



The submission of entries to this competition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all rules and conditions as set forth in this prospectus. Entries not meeting the criteria listed herein will be disqualified, and the entry fee will not be refunded.




All entries must be submitted online at
Entries must be submitted on or before June 23rd, 2018.

Upload requirements for image files:

File format: JPEG only

File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side

File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

File size: 5 MB maximum


$50 for the first three entries. Additional entries $10 each; maximum six entries. All fees are non-refundable and payable through


Results of the jurying will be emailed after July 14, 2018.  A list of the accepted artists will be posted on our website at after July 14, 2018.


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Additional copies of the prospectus are available for downloading HERE

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