Emerging Artist Award & Exhibit

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Emerging Artist Award & Exhibit


The Pence Gallery is a nonprofit art organization founded in 1975, whose mission is to serve the community through the display of exemplary art exhibits, the development of regional artists, and providing educational programs for visitors of all ages.

The Pence Gallery announces that its annual Emerging Artist Award is now open for application via www.callforentry.org. This award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists in California and the opportunity to share that work through an exhibit. Artists must use the award to further their work in a significant direction, and may work in any medium (this includes video and sound). The award may be used for education, travel, materials, or living expenses related to your work.  ‘Emerging’ is defined as an artist who is early in their art career, with solid studies in art, and exhibit experience in group shows, but not an extensive solo exhibit history.  Selected artists must also give a talk on their work as part of the award, and this can be virtual.

This award is under-written by donors James R. and Suzette M. Smith, and offers an award of $3000 and a solo exhibit at the Pence in 2022.

Applications must include a CV, an Artist Statement, and 7-15 jpgs or video clips, via www.callforentry.org by 9 PM PST on April 1, 2021. The application fee is $30 ($25 for Pence members).

The winner will be announced by April 26th. For any questions, contact penceartdirector@sbcglobal.net.
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