Call to Artists: National Juried Undergraduate Printmaking Exhibition Aspiring Artist Debut 2021

National Juried Undergraduate Printmaking Exhibition Aspiring Artist Debut 2021

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National Juried Undergraduate Printmaking Exhibition  Northern California Arts, Inc. “Aspiring Artists Debut” in collaboration with the Print Club at California State University Sacramento

The Print Club at CSUS has been invited by the board of Northern California Arts to plan an exhibition to be held in November 2021 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. This exhibition will include work by CSUS printmaking students in one gallery and work by undergraduate students juried from a national call for entries in a second gallery. The lead CSUS printmaking students will curate the CSUS student exhibition in a second gallery. Student-Faculty Collaboration Grant lead students will work with faculty member Summer Ventis to create the call for entries and format for submissions and to plan how to publicize the call. They will present this call for entries and a publicity plan at U-Create on April 8. Leading up to the exhibition, the lead students will curate student work for the CSUS student show and assist faculty member Summer Ventis in selecting the works for the national juried exhibition. They will also assist with hanging the show at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, as COVID guidelines allow. In the Fall, juror, local artist Sheila Jacobs, will award prizes to works in both exhibitions.

This project gives students experience with and insight into the planning and execution of juried exhibitions, which are an important part of contemporary artistic practice. Students will also gain presentation experience through their participation in U-Create, a chance to exhibit their own work, and a chance to connect and network with student artists from across the country and with the participating local arts organizations. Students’ participation in this project is also a great resume-building opportunity, which will be valuable for graduate school applications and other professional opportunities.

Artist statement for Sheila Jacobs Awards judge

Artist statement for Summer Ventis Show Chair

Artist statement for Genesis print club President Jayden Torres

For details and instructions, download the  NCA Aspiring Artist Debut 2021 Prospectus.

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Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Sept. 20  2021
  • Notifications:  Oct. 4 2021
  • Works Recieved:  Oct 25 2021
  • Exhibition Dates: Nov. 2-28 2021 
  • Work shipped back: Dec 6 2021 

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