Call Detail
16th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show

Entry Deadline: 5/28/24
Days remaining to deadline: 34

Entry Fee (16th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 15
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 15
Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: California
Event Dates: 9/6/24 - 10/6/24

Sept 6 – Oct 6, 2024

THE PROJECT: Accepted artists will create 50 small works (6” x 6”) over the course of 50 days. Each artist chooses a 10 word or less theme for all 50 pieces. Creation of works by participating artists will begin Monday, June 24 and end Monday, Aug 12, 2024. The exhibition will run September 6 – October 6, 2024.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: Benefits of participating include an intense creative experience; being part of a great exhibition of approximately 2,500 works with an estimated audience of 1,200 or more viewers; fellowship with other artists; and a spectacular opportunity to make works available for sale to people who might not be able to afford your larger pieces.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 28, 2024.  Entries must be submitted online by 10:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

JUROR: Andra Norris, Andra Norris Gallery
Andra Norris Gallery exhibits contemporary works of art in downtown Burlingame, California, which is situated on the Bay Area's Peninsula. The gallery mounts 10 exhibitions annually, featuring and selling paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media from established and mid-career international artists with Bay Area ties. Since opening its doors in 2012, this mid-Peninsula gem has sought to bridge artists, collectors, and enthusiasts, by providing exceptional visual arts experiences and exhibitions of artwork from around the globe, while placing a special emphasis on California’s own rich Bay Area.


ABOUT SANCHEZ ART CENTERThe mission of Sanchez Art Center is to create community through art. Sanchez Art Center was established in 1996 when artists and community members repurposed a former elementary school into a multi-use arts complex that now includes 3 galleries, studio space for up to 30 artists, arts education spaces, and the Mildred Owen Concert Hall. Sanchez Art Center offers exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established California and west coast artists. We make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by offering a variety of free exhibitions and artists talks, affordable studio rentals, workshops and classes for adults and summer camps for kids, as well as community art projects and other creative opportunities.

MATERIALS: Sanchez Art Center will furnish each artist with 50 unprimed non-archival medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels, 6” x 6” with nail holes pre-drilled, and will provide hanging supplies (nails, adhesive putty) and pre-hung installation templates. With SAC approval, other 6” x 6” panels may be used at the artist’s expense (small canvases, birch wood box panels, 3D materials, etc.) as long as the presentation is professional in appearance and there is a rigid support for the work (i.e., no paper or fabric may be placed directly on the wall). Artists providing their own panels or shelves must still pay the $75 participation fee. Variations in panels being used must be approved by Sanchez Art Center in advance.

MEDIA: All fine art visual media will be accepted. Artists may prime and paint on panels, or attach canvas, drawings, or watercolor paper. 3D sculptures may be attached to wall-mounted panels, or stand on SAC-approved shelves (provided and installed by artist). Each piece must fit in allocated space of 6” x 6” x 6”. If your work requires a different approach, contact us for approval as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call us!

INSTALLATION: Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down their own works on the scheduled dates (see “Delivering & Installing”). The 6” square panels will be hung unframed, 7 high and 7 across, with 1” between panels. A template will be installed prior to artists’ arrival to mark off the spacing. One work will be hung separately next to the 49-panel square, and only this 50th piece may be framed (optional). The 50th piece must also be 6” x 6” and framed must not be wider than 10”. The finished panels should be signed and dated (but not numbered) on the back. Display space for each artist will be the decision of the Art Center. Bring a hammer, a level, and a stepladder if you need one (the highest row will be 82” from the floor). Allow 3 hours to install.

DISPLAY MATERIALS – BIO/STATEMENT/TITLES/LABELS: Each artist will prepare an 8.5" x 11" bio, and an artist statement, to hang next to their 50-panel exhibit. (The artists statement and bio may be combined into one 8.5” x 11” document.)  Artists may also hang a single 8.5” x 11” sheet listing the titles and/or thumbnail images in the order of display. These pages should be printed on white card stock and hung according to the template provided. SAC will print wall labels (name, city, theme, medium(s), price) based on text to be provided by the artist no later than Tuesday, Aug 13. NO OTHER MATERIALS MAY BE PLACED AT YOUR DISPLAY. No merchandise tables or cards on the wall. No small merchandise items (cards, books, etc.). A group display area will be provided for business cards. 

GALLERY HOURS: Each artist will be encouraged to gallery sit from 1 to 3 pm or 3 to 5 pm for one day during the show.  The galleries will be open Fri – Sun (and by appointment during the week). 

PRICING AND SALES: The 50|50 Show is a fundraising event, and all artworks will be for sale. All works of an individual artist must have the same price (regardless of medium[s]), except the 50th piece if it is framed. Guideline for pricing: $50 to $175 each (not mandatory). Minimum price is $45. Artists have the option of offering 10% off purchases of 2 or more panels. No new work may be substituted for pieces sold; this includes photography. Pre-sales are allowed as long as the pre-sold work is included in artists’ displays for the ticketed opening event (first two days of the exhibition). SAC will process sales and sales tax, and will take a 30% commission. Buyers take their purchases with them at time of sale (except during the opening fundraiser when all works remain on the walls).

PUBLICITY: SAC will send a press release and calendar listing to print and online media, send printed announcement postcards to its mailing list, and send electronic announcements to its email list. Artists will receive 15 postcards each, available for pick up at Sanchez Art Center.   Additional cards may be available. An email format invitation will also be provided. Mention on artist websites, blogs, and forums is encouraged.    

DELIVERING & INSTALLING: All artwork must be delivered and installed by the artist between 11 and 5 pm on Sat Aug 24, Sun Aug 25, or Mon Aug 26. An online appointment system will be used to book each artists installation time.  Space locations will be assigned by random drawing at the time of artist checks in. Templates will be pre-hung in each space; this will allow all artists to hang their works in the uniform grid pattern used throughout the galleries for this event. No partial deliveries. No wet paintings. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Entry DeadlineTues, May 28, 2023, 10:59 pm PDT
Artists Notified of Jurying Results (acceptance/decline)Thurs, June 6
Pick-up Panels, Pay $75 Participation FeeSat, June 15
Day 1 of 50Mon, June 24
Artists Gathering – Learn more about installation, opening events, AND share your progress and challenges, including a few pieces of your artworks for the show.TBD (generally a Sunday, via Zoom)
Day 50 of 50Mon, Aug 12
Confirm Wall Label TextTues, Aug 13
Deliver & Install ArtworkSat, Aug 24; Sun, Aug 25; Mon, Aug 26, 11 am – 5 pm
Preview Ticketed FundraiserFri, Sept 6 and Sat, Sept 7
Ticketed Times 
Last Day of ShowSun, Oct 6 1-5 pm
Remove ArtworkSun, Oct 6, 5 – 7:00 pm or
Mon, Oct 7, 11am – 2pm
Note:  NO unsold artworks may be removed prior to the 5:00 pm show closing. 


Call: 650.355.1894



Visit: 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1–5 pm during exhibits (or by scheduling an appointment either via phone or email -- we LOVE to share art!) 

Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1–5 pm

Application Requirements

APPLY: At the 50|50 Show application page, you will be prompted to state your proposed theme and describe your medium(s). Themes must be expressed in 10 words or less. You may also post a description of your work or process (300 characters maximum, including spaces). Submit 3–15 artwork images in the medium(s) you will use. Choose artworks that are samples of your best work in the medium(s). Image files should be JPEG or JPG files that are under 5 MB, and are 1200 pixels or more on the longest side. CaFE will scale your uploaded images, creating a thumbnail and a larger image. Please review CaFE’s “Media Preparation” page for details.

ENTRY FEES: A non-refundable $25 fee is required at the time of entry. An additional $75 participation fee is due upon acceptance to cover the costs of materials and other exhibition expenses such as publicity and marketing. Accepted artists pick up their panels at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica; at times separate arrangements can be made to ship panels to out of area artists for an additional shipping fee (minimum $45).  See “Materials” and “Media” headings for more information about panels.

Eligibility Criteria

Open to California visual artists age 18 and over.