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More Disruption: Representational Art in Flux
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Entry Deadline: 4/17/24
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 20
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 20
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: California
Event Dates: 6/8/24 - 9/15/24
Jury Dates: 4/16/24 - 4/29/24

This is a call to Southern California-based artists:

You are invited to submit artwork  (2D only, limited to painting, drawing, and artworks that incorporate painting or drawing) to be considered for inclusion in an exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA):  More Disruption: Representational Art in Flux, will explore representational painting that has been reshaped and “disrupted”—including by abstraction, web-based imagery, and socio-political concerns—in response to contemporary life and its challenges. Learn more and see examples of artwork from the books here and here

Faced with an overflow of images, today’s artists are challenged to find the combination of subjects and individual hybrid styles that best express what it feels to be alive now. Responding to life’s disruptions engages their artistic imagination and the resulting works energize the flux of contemporary representational art. 

This exhibition is inspired by John Seed’s book of the same name as well as his earlier book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World. It also celebrates OMA’s mission to share the art and stories of Southern California artists. Artists Aleah Chapin and Timothy Robert Smith, who are among the 43 artists featured in the book More Disruption: Representational Art, will be featured.

JURORS: John Seed (Lead Juror), Aleah Chapin (Jury Panel), and Timothy Robert Smith (Jury Panel) 

PRIZE: Director’s Choice Solo exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art in 2025 or 2026

ENTRY FEE: $25 per artist, up to 20 artworks. Scholarships are available for artists who are unable to  cover this fee, please contact if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.


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Made possible with support from the Negri Foundation and Lisa Bebi of the Artist Mentor Project

Application Requirements


  • Artworks must be representational and 2-dimensional (wall hanging) paintings, drawings, or artworks that incorporate painting or drawing.
  • The jurors will evaluate artworks based on their impact, originality and relationship to the theme of disruption.
  • Work in progress or concept sketches are acceptable. Artwork must be completed by artwork delivery to OMA.
  • All submissions must be original works of art. Hi-resolution digital prints will be considered for digital artworks and limited-edition print-making methods. Sculpture and 3D art will not be considered.
  • Artists are encouraged to submit artwork in a variety of sizes
  • Size: Wall mounted two-dimensional work, external dimensions no larger than 120” in any direction. Maximum weight: 200 pounds


  • Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:59pm PST Deadline to submit
  • On or before Thursday, May 2, 2024 Notifications of selected works
  • May 23-26, 12:00-5:00pm (tentative) artwork drop off of selected works to OMA
    • Alternative dates and times are available with appointment
    • Please alert Katie Dolgov at if artwork will be shipped
    • A prepaid return shipping label must be included in the package. Return shipping will take place within two weeks of the close of the exhibition.
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024, 5:00-7:00pm Celebration
  • June 8–September 15, 2024 Exhibition open to the public
  • September 19-23, 2024, 11:00am-5:00pm (tentative) Artwork pick up from OMA

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a resident of Southern California, a geographical area defined by Santa Barbara to the north, Tijuana to the South, and inland counties from San Bernardino to Imperial.