Call to Artists:
Ventura County Artist Showcase


Ventura County Arts Council invites you to submit proposals for art to be displayed in Ventura storefront windows.

"UNmasking"

What does a face reveal? What might it hide? How has masking affected our relationships? Portraiture explores identity through the lens of its time. Our long period of masking has unleashed new feelings and habits. Do we see ourselves and each other in new ways? "UNmasking" will take a look at portraiture now and what it can express representationally or abstractly.

Selected artists will conceive of each window as a diorama, a space in which an installation of accumulation, sculptural pieces, work in any medium uses the three-dimensional space dynamically. The location of the exhibition space is a commerical building on a busy section of Victoria Ave. at Moon Dr. in Ventura. Each of four storefront windows will be dedicated to a unified installation created by a single artist or created as a collaborative project by more than one artist. To be readable from the street and sidewalk, the work needs to be bold, designed for visual impact. Submissions will be juried by a panel of Ventura County artists.

How to Apply: Complete and submit the application form below.

Eligibility: All residents of Ventura County are eligible to submit proposals. Artists selected for previous showcase not eligible.

Deadline for submissions: December 30, 2021

Notification date: January 12, 2022

Exhibition dates: January 22 - April 9, 2022

Submission fees: Up to three projects may be submitted for consideration. Submit one project for $20; two projects for a total of $30; or three projects for a total of $35.

Description of spaces available:
There are three storefront display windows with drywall walls and overhead tract lighting that turns on at night. There are no electrical outlets in the displays. Installations will be assembled on site, and all components must pass through a utility-style door that is 24 inches wide. Minimal impact to the walls, glass, and carpeted flooring is required. We are not able to suspend artwork from the ceiling.

SPACE 1 – Single wall
231” W x 100” H x 24” D

SPACE 2 - Main wall, corner and adjacent smaller wall
Main wall: 137” W x 100” H x 24” D
Smaller adjacent wall: 72” W x 100” H x 24” D

SPACE 3 - Single wall
158” W x 100” H x 24” D

SPACE 4 - Main wall, corner and adjacent smaller wall
Main wall: 137” W x 100” H x 24” D
Smaller adjacent wall: 30” W x 100” H x 24” D

Check out the building at:
1985 S Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93003
(Right off the Victoria exit of the 101 freeway, at the intersection of Moon Dr.)

Note: The windows do receive direct light and are not UV safe. Materials used should be able to withstand exposure and, at times, intense heat, depending on time of day. The short run of the show and time of year should help to modify the impacts of these elements, but please be aware that some fading may occur. VCAC cannot be responsible for any changes to artwork during the exhibition.

For questions, contact Ventura County Arts Council at (805) 658-2213 or info@vcartscouncil.org.

Past Showcases

Ventura County Artist Showcase
Application Form

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