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Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2017

Call For Art is now CLOSED.

Call For Art Entries Deadline:   JULY 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m. PT) 

The 5th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition's Juried Exhibition will be on display at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery from September 1 to October 1, 2017. Up to $5,000 in cash awards are available to artists selected for the juried exhibition, plus inclusion in the exhibition catalogue and month-long exhibition. 

The Juried Art Exhibition will have an Awards Reception on Saturday, September 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 29 Palms Art Gallery. Art Exposition weekend events will take place Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at venues at the Oasis of Mara next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in Twentynine Palms, CA. Events include an Art Market with Artist' Booths, Art Demonstrations, Live Music, Food & Beverages, Nature Walks and Talks, and more.

THEME:  ALL artwork entries MUST depict or be inspired by the unique natural aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history.

Entry Rules: Read the Guidelines in the ENTRY FORM BROCHURE / PROSPECTUS(PDF)

To Enter Online: Complete an ONLINE ENTRY FORM

To Enter by Mail: Complete the Mail-in Entry Form (PDF download)

Entry Fees: Pay $35 Entry Fee Online (or send us a check in the mail)

2017 Judges & Jurors:

Diane Best
Artist, Landscape Painter, Filmmaker specializing in non-narrative moving image work; Joshua Tree, CA.
Jenny Kane
Artist and Educator, painter, photographer, designer/interactive sculpture installations; Joshua Tree, CA.
Billy Shire
Founder and Curator, La Luz de Jesus Gallery and Soap Plant / Wacko; Los Angeles, CA.

Larry Cush | John Fisher | Robert Hamilton | Casey Kiernan  |  Danielle Segura  |  Jane Smith

For more information:
Vickie Waite, Artist Liaison & Exec. Asst.
Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts
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For park information:
Joshua Tree National Park




EXHIBITION:  In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and our national parks, in 2013 Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual juried exhibition featuring art inspired by or depicting unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. The exhibition will hang at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery, with a special opening reception and awards ceremony.

AWARDS:  In addition to the honor of being juried into the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition, artists are eligible for up to $5,000 in cash awards plus inclusion in the exhibition catalogue for the show. All artists’ works will be available for sale during the exhibition, and artists may choose to sell additional artwork in a complimentary 10x10 booth space at the Art Market during the Art Exposition weekend events. 2017 Awards will be: First Place $1,500, Second Place $1,250, Third Place $1,000, and up to five (5) Honorable Mentions at $250 each.

JURORS:  Individuals involved in the selection process include curators, professional artists, art educators, art administrators, art collectors, and national park representatives.

THEME:  All artwork entries MUST depict or be inspired by the unique natural aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history.

ARTISTS:  Open to living artists, working in various media, from around the world, age 18 and over.

MEDIA:  Original work created by the artist in the last five (5) years in a variety of media, and not previously submitted as an entry for a JTNP Art Exposition's juried art exhibition. Artwork may be any of the following:

  • Painting: Watercolor, goauche, oil, acrylic.
  • Works on Paper: Drawing, printmaking, computer generated art; chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons; inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
  • Photography: Color or black and white.
  • Mixed Media: 2- and 3-dimensional works incorporating more than one type of material in their production, including assemblage and collage.
  • Sculpture: Including wood, metal, stone, glass, mosaics, ceramics, fiber, and recycled materials.

ENTRY IMAGES:  Submit digital images (photos) of the actual artwork(s) to be considered for acceptance into the juried exhibition. An artist may submit up to 3 works. Only one submission (3 pieces) per artist. Submissions should be high quality (300 dpi) jpeg’s, maximum 2 MB per image. Remember to put artist’s LAST NAME and ARTWORK TITLE when saving image files to submit (e.g., Hilton-DesertSunrise.jpg ... not image001.jpg). Do not use watermarks, copyright notices, or identification on actual images.

ARTIST BIO:[1] Submit an artist’s biography, an artist’s statement, and an artist’s website URL (if applicable) with the images and entry form. [2] ALSO submit a 150-word bio summary, which will be used for the artist’s profile in the exhibition catalogue, if artist is selected for the juried exhibition. [Remember to put your NAME on all documents, e.g. Hilton-ArtistBio.doc). Do NOT use an apostrophe in the title of the document file name, like "Artist's_Bio.doc" as this may interfere with the e-transmission using the online entry form, and your document(s) may not come through.]

RIGHTS: Copyright and all other rights to the artwork will remain with the artist. JTNP Council for the Arts reserves the right to post juried artists’ artwork images and bios on its website and publish in its exhibition catalogue for the event, and use juried artists’ images for publications, marketing, and promotional purposes. Artist credit will always accompany artist’s image.

ENTRY FEE:  $35 (USD) for up to 3 images per artist. Entry fee is non-refundable and due by 11:59 p.m., July 15, 2017. Submit online entry payment here via PayPal at www.JTNPArts.org. By mail, send $35 check or money order payable to JTNP Council for the Arts, P.O. Box 1755, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. 

ENTRY DEADLINE:  July 15, 2017  (by 11:59 p.m. PT)

NOTIFICATION:  August 1, 2017 – Artists will be notified of acceptance into juried show by email or mail.

DELIVERY TO GALLERY:  August 24 to 28, 2017. Artwork accepted for the juried show is due between August 24 and August 28 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and no later than 4 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017, hand delivered or shipped to 29 Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive (at National Park Dr.), P.O. Box 115, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-7819, www.29palmsartgallery.com. Artists are responsible for artwork insurance and shipping costs to/from the gallery. A pre-paid return shipping label is required with all shipped artwork. More instructions will be sent with acceptance.

SALES:  All work must remain on display for the duration of the show. A 35% commission on works sold during the show will be retained by JTNP Council for the Arts and 29 Palms Art Gallery. California sales tax will be collected by the gallery. Artists will receive payment within 30 days of close of show.

ARTIST BOOTHS: Artists selected for the juried exhibition have an opportunity to sell additional artwork in a complimentary 10x10 artist booth space at the Art Market during the Art Expo weekend Sept. 16 & 17. (Check “Yes” on the entry submission form, if interested.)

CLOSE OF EXHIBITION:  October 1, 2017. Unsold artwork in the juried art exhibition should be picked up at the 29 Palms Art Gallery on Sunday, October 1 (from 3 to 5 pm), or Monday, October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm. Other times can be made by prior arrangement. Return shipping begins October 3, 2017.