CALL TO ARTISTS: The Tenth Annual Art About Agriculture at the Santa Paula Art Museum

CALL TO ARTISTS: The Ag Art Alliance presents

 The Tenth Annual Art About Agriculture

November 11, 2017 through February 25, 2018

$500 in prizes will be awarded

Art will be on exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum

117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, California, 93060

About the Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center

The Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center was established as a not-for-profit organization with a mission to preserve and share Santa Paula’s artistic heritage including the famous Santa Paula Art Collection; and to educate and engage the community through collection, exhibition, interpretation, programming and outreach. The Museum is located in the historic Limoneira Building at 117 N 10th Street in beautiful downtown Santa Paula, California.

Purpose of Art About Agriculture

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote awareness of agriculture by using art to explore its many facets – from workers to water, machinery to fields, and to the food that goes on our plates. Click here to watch a short video with the curators.


Art About Agriculture is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration may include, but is not limited to, depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, and rural life. Art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture will also be considered.

All styles of work and media are considered: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, batik, metals, and tapestry. Artwork should have been completed within the past three years to be eligible. Only work not previously shown at the Santa Paula Art Museum will be considered. No giclées, prints, or reproductions will be accepted (except in the case of photographic prints).


Artists may enter a maximum of 3 works. Work that needs to be hung should not exceed 150 pounds and the size limit is 36” x 48” (larger pieces will be considered but space is usually limited). Wall hung work must be framed and wired for hanging. Works on paper should be glazed. Please label the back or underside of artworks with your name, title of the artwork, medium, dimensions, and price. The Ag Art Alliance reserves the right at all times to exclude any work that presents complex exhibition challenges or is not up to museum standards.

Entry Requirements for Images and Documents

  1. Up to 3 digital images e-mailed as an attachment or sent by mail on CD

Selection will be made from digital images emailed to the Ag Art Alliance at [email protected] or sent by mail on a CD. Include up to 3 digital images formatted at 300 pixels per inch at about 4×5 inches, 8 bit, jpg (this size reproduces best for publicity purposes). Please include your full name, the artwork title, medium, and dimensions in each image’s file name (e.g., Jane Smith, Title, Oil, 24×36.jpg).

If your images are too large for email use a service like Pando or YouSendIt. Dropbox for sharing folders is recommended. No PowerPoint or similar presentations. When you submit your images, please also include your entry form with your full name, contact information, medium, titles, sizes, and prices (the entry form can be found at the end of this document). Your images and entry form must be received by Friday, September 29, 2017.

*Please note that we select images to use in our press releases, on mailers, and in the exhibition catalog not just based on artistic quality. To possibly see your images in print, they need to be high enough resolution for print media.

  1. Your resume and/or personal statement must accompany your images and entry form

Resumes and statements must be in a document format such as .doc or .pages, and each should be no longer than one page. We cannot use image files like jpg or pdf files (although they may look nice they cannot be edited or cut and pasted). Your resume and/or personal statement must be received by Friday, September 29, 2017.


Works for the exhibition will be selected by a panel of Ag Art Alliance’s curatorial staff.


All artworks must be for sale to be eligible for the exhibit. The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Ag Art Alliance receive a 40% commission on all sales. The artist receives 60%.


There will be $500 in prizes awarded by a panel of judges.


If you are mailing your art submission please include a non-refundable processing fee of $30. If you are emailing your submission please send the processing fee of $30 by mail or use PayPal. Submissions will not be viewed until the processing fee is received. The fee covers the submission of up to 3 images. Make checks and money orders payable to the Ag Art Alliance. Payment can be made using PayPal. The address for PayPal payments is [email protected]

Use of Art for Publicity

Submission of a digital image by an artist constitutes agreement for the Ag Art Alliance and the Santa Paula Art Museum to reproduce that image for catalog, publicity, website, and educational purposes unless otherwise specified by the artist.


The museum exercises the same care and respect to loans as it does in the safekeeping of its own property. The artwork will be insured under the Santa Paula Art Museum’s policy with AXA Insurance Co., 3 West 35th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10001, phone: (212) 415-8400. The lender will be named as an additional named insured under this policy.  

Delivery and Return of Art

The artist is responsible for delivering their art to the Santa Paula Art Museum before the exhibition and taking it off site after the exhibition. Please see the calendar of important events below for delivery and return dates. Artwork must be picked up on the day specified following the close of the exhibition as the Museum does not offer storage space.

It may be difficult to believe but some artists in the past have abandoned their art after the exhibit. This created serious storage issues for the museum and has forced them to create this policy:

If an artwork has not been retrieved by the artist or a duly authorized agent on the day specified following the closing date of the exhibition, or if other arrangements have not been made prior to the closing date of the exhibition, the Museum will consider all rights of the artist to their artwork(s) forfeited and the artwork(s) will be donated to the Museum’s annual art auction.




Calendar of Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: November 11, 2017 to February 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum (each artist plus one guest receives free admission to the opening reception)

Entry Form, Digital Images, and Resume/Personal Statement Due by Friday, September 29, 2017

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection of Artists’ Work by Friday, October 6, 2017

Actual Work to Arrive at Museum: Monday, November 6, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (unless other arrangements are made). If your work is accepted you will be informed which pieces need to be delivered.

Return of Work: Monday, February 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Artworks cannot be removed from the exhibition prior to this date.

For More Information contact John Nichols at the Ag Art Alliance: 805-525-7804 [email protected]  or Julie Cluster or Jennifer Heighton at the Santa Paula Art Museum: 805-525-5554 [email protected]


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