Call To Artists

caclogo_stackedrgb_350x94Click HERE for a list of calls to artists posted by the California Arts Council



Bakersfield College Noche de Cultura

MECHA, a student organization at Bakersfield College, is a national organization founded on the idea of empowering students via awareness of current events and community involvement. They are trying to organize an event called Noche de Cultura to offer cultural awareness event for the students at BC and the community.  We are hoping to also bring in art from local artists (not strictly of any cultural identification) and possibly food vendors.

Francis Benavente


A Sharp Piece of Awesome

Taft College’s literary magazine A Sharp Piece of Awesome is now accepting art submissions for its latest issue. We would enjoy the opportunity to view photography, paintings, and visual art of all media from artists seeking an opportunity for publication.

For photography submissions, we would prefer images dealing with desert environments and poverty. For other visual art, we are looking for abstract art. However, if you have work outside of these themes that you feel we would like, consider submitting them anyway.

Send all submissions to in high-quality jpeg file format. We are accepting up to five submissions per artist. The deadline to submit is March 3rd, 2017.

We are looking forward to seeing your art, and will let you know our decision by the 24th of March.

California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection

Team Vidak is reaching out to the art community in search of a contemporary artist whose work expresses the Valley’s unique way of life.

Every other year, each Senate District has the opportunity to select an artist whose work best represents the district. These artists bring to the Capitol an extensive range of cultures, backgrounds and training. The upcoming exhibit is planned from May 2017 to September 2018.

The media with which they work is also as varied – acrylics, oils, bronze sculpture, blown glass, mixed media, and watercolors. The talented, diverse, and colorful selection seen at each show is a testament to the fact that contemporary art is alive and well in California.

  • Most any type of ORIGINAL art is acceptable. Oil paintings, works on paper, weavings, wall hangings, photographs and sculpture are all acceptable media. Please try to limit the overall size to no larger than 3’ x 5’, as space is limited. No posters or prints – only original pieces.
  • The artist must agree to loan their art to the exhibit for approximately 18 months. The Senate Rules Committee will pay for shipping costs to and from the exhibit (NOT packing materials).
  • If chosen, the artist will need to supply the artist’s biography, information on the artwork selected and perhaps how it was selected. This information will be used in the exhibit catalogue.

Artists who live in the 14th Senate District, and would like to be considered, must email a high resolution photo(s) of the art and short description of the work that would be displayed in an email to The deadline for submission is April 7, 2017.
To confirm whether you live in the 14th Senate District, click here and enter your home address.

For more information, please contact Jann Taber in Team Vidak’s Capitol office at 916-651-4014 or

This is an awesome opportunity for an artist from the 14th Senate District to have his or her art displayed at the State Capitol as part of the 2017-2018 California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection.


Bakersfield Museum of Art accepting works for annual spring fundraiser ARTMIX

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is looking for artists to consign their work at ARTMIX: a curated cocktail party on March 2, 2017.  ARTMIX is the annual spring fundraiser for BMoA featuring an art sale and auction showcasing works by local and regional artists.  Guests will also be able to indulge in signature cocktails and culinary delights from Bakersfield’s best eateries and enter to win an opportunity draw for a one-of-a-kind weekend art excursion in Carmel, Ca.

We are now accepting digital submissions of original works of art to be offered for sale on a consignment basis. BMoA members may submit up to 5 works for consideration and non-members may submit up to 3 works for consideration.  For more information, artist guidelines, and to submit works, visit Deadline to apply is February 20, 2017.  We hope you can be part of the fantastic opportunity ARTMIX provides to showcase local artists from our community.



CSUB Fab Fest

Registration forms are available for the Kinetic Sculpture Competition and Fab Fest! Visit for both!

If you are a team who wants to register for the Kinetic Sculpture Competition, visit here:

If you are a maker, inventor, tinkerer, crafter, or hobbyist and want to have a table to exhibit your creations, sign up here:




Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Artist in Residence Program

The National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California is hosting its fifteenth year of an Artist in Residence program and is now accepting applications. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is 3 hours north of San Francisco just outside of Redding, California.

The National Park’s Artistin Residence Program at Whiskeytown National Recreational Area offers established visual artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The park provides a rustic cabin for participants for up to a three week residence.  This residency focuses on landscape painting of Plein Air, impressionist and

​ abstract styles.​

In exchange for the residency, we ask the artist to donate one painting of Whiskeytown that was produced during their stay.

 The selection process:  Dr. Lauren Palmor the Assistant Curator for American Art at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, will juror this year’s submission. The deadline for entry is February 28, 2017. Selected artists will be notified by park staff in mid-March, 2017.  Selection is based on artistic merit, the statement of intent, and appropriateness to a National Park residency.
For questions, please contact Jim Milestone, Office of the Superintendent, <> or call 530-242-3460.



Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce Valley Photographs

The Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for current photographs of the valley in order to update their convention booth for trade shows.

They cannot pay for the photographs but will credit the photographer(s) and distribute his or her materials.

Contact Kerry

760-379-5236 or



Santa Barbara Printmakers 2017 Juried Spring Exhibition


Santa Barbara Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Exhibition Dates: March 4 – May 17, 2017
Register and pay entry fee at CaFÉ (
until February 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm.
February16 Notification of invited artists
March 2 Delivery of invited artwork between 10 am and 12 noon
Note: No storage or shipping is available.
March 5 Opening reception and awards from 3 to 5:30 pm
May 17 Last day of exhibition
May 18 Pickup artwork from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
JUROR:     James L. Webb, Artist and Master Printmaker at Gemini G.E.L. in LA for over ten years where he worked with Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Albers, and Frank Stella; former registrar at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills.
PRIZES: First Place $450; Second Place $300; Third Place $150;
(2) Awards of Excellence $50 each.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists who can hand-deliver prints on March 2
(10 am-12 noon) and pick up work on May 18 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm).
Note: Nude studies and violent images are not appropriate for this venue.
ENTRY FEE: $35 for up to three entries. Register and pay entry fee on line at CaFÉ ( Only credit cards are accepted.
MEDIUM: All types of original, hand-pulled prints, including but not limited to: silkscreen, linocut, woodcut, lithograph, etching, collagraph, monotype, monoprint, photo polymer etching, and these techniques combined with photochemical or digital printing, chine collé (not collage), transfer images and hand coloring with translucent media.
  • All artwork must be presented professionally and ready for display.
  • Artwork must be wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers.
  • Frames must be well assembled and in good condition.
  • Frames should not overwhelm or take away from the print.
  • Glass and mats should be clean.  Mats should not have foxing (brown areas).
  • Mats should be neutral colors (white or cream); no colored liners.
  • Mats should be a minimum of 2″ wide around the image.
  • When plates (e.g. metal, Plexiglas) are used in the production of the print, mats should not cover the plate marks, or edges, of the printed area.
  • In most cases, full-bleed prints should be floated.
  • Floated prints should not touch the glass.
All accepted work is reviewed when delivered. The final arbiter of presentation is the Santa Barbara Printmakers Organizing Committee.
DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Artwork must be hand delivered to the Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala Street on March 2, 2017 between 10 am and 12.
SALES: Sales are handled by the Jewish Community Center, which takes 25% commission.
QUESTIONS?  Contact Sara Woodburn at 805-563-9668 or Santa Barbara Printmakers at


Artist Wanted for Kernville Historical Museumdownload-2

The Kernville Historical Museum has acquired an old wooden sign, 7′ x 7′, which needs repainting.  The museum is looking for an artist to restore the paint work on the sign.  Supplies will be provided however there will be no compensation for the work.

Call Diane Anderson 760-379-1123 or 661-203-2847 (cell)




Valley Public Radio is looking for artists

If you’re an artist or photographer and would like to see your works featured on the cover of Audiophile, Valley Public Radio would like to hear from you.

Email them to let them know about your work.  Send a few samples, too.  If your work is selected, they’ll be in touch.



Professional Photographer Wanted to Teach Photography Program at Kern Pioneer Village

pioneer-villageKern Pioneer Village will contract with a photographic teaching artist to conduct its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program for 7th-12th graders at the museum.  Students will tour the museum grounds with professional photographer learning important basics such as perspective, composition, color and balance.  Lab time will offer instruction in photo processing software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Kern Pioneer Village will also partner with photographer to create new postcards for the museum gift shop.

Requirements: Professional photographers with teaching experience preferred/versed in Adobe Photoshop

$50 per hour, 2-hour minimum.  Most sessions run 3-4 hours.

Program to start in February.



Zoot Velasco, CEO, Kern Pioneer Village

3801 Chester Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93301

(866) 660-3330 (work)

(310) 809-3733 (cell)


santa-claritaCity of Santa Clarita Seeking Singers/Songwriters 


Note by Note, part of the Thursdays@Newhall series, is seeking professional and aspiring songwriters to showcase their songs.

On the second Thursday of each month, musical performers take the stage at the Repertory East Playhouse in Old Town Newhall. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. with artists performing four songs of their own composition.

The evening is a chance for professional and aspiring songwriters to showcase their songs in front of a live audience. All interested participants must submit an entry application and a musical sample(s) of their work. The process of selecting artists is juried by the City of Santa Clarita and four artists will be selected for each night. Musicians are asked to limit the number of people on stage to no more than three performers.

The application deadline is one week prior to the date of intended participation. For more information or to apply, please visit


City of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Office
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350





napaCity of Napa Announces Art Walk 2017-2019 Call for Artists

The city of Napa has released a call for artists for the 2017-2019 Art Walk.  This next iteration for the two year rotating sculpture program will be the fifth time since the program began in 2009.  The call is for artists over 18 living or working in these western states: AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OR, UT, or WA.  Deadline for entries is midnight PST December 1, 2016.





Keep Bakersfield Beautiful

Keep Bakersfield Beautiful (KBB) is seeking quotes from artists for a multi-phase beautification project in Old Town Kern.  KBB will start the project with a wall mural on the side of Bob’s Wholesale Auto Glass (600 E. 19th Street) that faces Wool Growers and a utility box mural at the corner of E. 19th Street & Baker Street next to Affordable Furniture. Please feel free to share it with the art community.  Examples of utility box murals are in Mill Creek and Downtown Bakersfield.


Contact: Jessica Felix

Community Relations Specialist

Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Committee

 Phone:  (661) 326-3539


Address:  4101 Truxtun Avenue, Building A, Bakersfield, CA 93309







The Kern River Valley Arts Association is looking for demonstrators.

Would you be interested in doing a demonstration of your art or craft?  The meetings are held the third Monday of each month at the Lake Isabella Senior Center.  There are no meetings in June, July or August, but they resume in September.

Bring your work to sell. You can volunteer your services or KRVAA can pay $100.00 for your efforts. Please call Emily Diggles at (760)379-6162

The KRVAA G3 Gallery could use as many as 10 new artists to exhibit. First come, first served, so get in touch soon if you’d like to show your work.

Kern River Valley Art Association


11021 Kernville Rd.

Kernville, Ca. 93238





Carpe Diem Residency


Application now open for the second edition of Artists’ residency at the Lily Pad in Kerela.

This will be fourth residency program by Carpe Diem Residency. ​Join us at Kerla, the serene coastal state of India at our Residency at The Lily Pad cottages.

Carpe Diem Artists Residency is designed to provide the participating artists a clutter-free space (in mind and in geography), nurtured with both the silences of isolation and enriching conversations with fellow artists, inching you closer to your project every passing moment. Here, you are on a journey of looking inward, where you share your thoughts, ideas, and desires with fellow artists to experience a collective sense of freedom. We at Carpe diem strongly believe that the best of your creative instincts can be nurtured when you elevate your experiences in a holistic way.
More information HERE
Guidelines HERE
Apply HERE


impar Impar Active

Photographers Sought: Impar Active, an active wear company, is a new company based in Bakersfield, CA.

We are looking for Fashion Fitness Photographers, preferably for photo sessions. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to become a permanent photographer for the new company!

Pay is negotiable and professional photo credit will be given on all work product. Our goal is to select photographers to begin as soon as possible. We encourage applicants to contact us to set up an appointment with your portfolio or samples of your work

Contact Ellen at (510)329-3447 or Impar Fashion

Thank you!



Brush and Blushbrush

 Brush and Blush Easel Events is looking for painters who can be available in Porterville, Tehachapi, and/or Bakersfield.

Mary De Vries, owner of a local mobile paint and sip business called Brush & Blush Easel Events, hosts paint classes in local bars and restaurants and also does private events.

De Vries is looking to hire additional local artists who would like to become part of her team.

To find out more about Brush & Blush Easel Events, visit or visit their Facebook page.

Mary De Vries

or call 661.747.4243