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Blue Line Arts
405 Vernon Street #100

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: California
Entry Deadline: 2/24/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (Off Center: An International Ceramic Art Competition): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00
Blue Line Arts is proud to present Off Center, a brand new international ceramic art competition for 2017. This year we are honored to have such illustrious ceramic artists, Sandra Simon and Robert Brady, as our judges. Since the first ceramics were created, like Venus of Dolní Věstonice, before 25,000 BCE and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BC, people have been fascinated with clay. Here is your opportunity to show what your vision is in ceramics.

First Place: $1000 
Second Place: $750 
Third Place: $500 
Curator’s Choice: A solo exhibition, to take place in our Westpark Workshop Gallery in 2018, will be given to one participating artist.
A full color catalog of the show will be produced.

Sandy Simon attended the University of Minnesota in the late 60's studying ceramics under Warren Mackenzie and Curt Hoard. She moved to Georgia to live and work as a potter from 1970 to 1978. From there, she was invited to teach at the Chicago Art Institute and continued her teaching career at many different universities in the U.S. She was awarded an NCECA grant in 1986 and another for travel and work in China in 2012. Simon opened TRAX ceramic gallery in Berkeley, CA in 1995 to bring attention to the work of dedicated functional potters. TRAX is located near the RR tracks in west Berkeley and hosts 6 shows a year. TRAX maintains an active web site: Robert Brady San Francisco Bay Area artist

Robert Brady’s career spans over 40 years. He has rigorously explored figurative abstraction with a unique style utilizing imagery, form and color to convey messages. Brady’s early career began as a potter; his versatility and skill with materials led him to pursue wood sculpture. Brady describes the initial shift in media as a “risk, but something which made sense due to the warm and receptive nature of both materials.” Today, Brady works effortlessly between clay, wood, bronze and works on paper

1) Off Center is open to all ceramic artists worldwide.
2) Artists may submit up to three (3) entries that are original pieces and are made up of at least 80% clay as the primary medium.
3) Size limitations: Pieces must be able to enter through doors with clear entry of 94" h X 91" w inches. Please have mercy on us and do not submit pieces that are over 50 pounds.
4) We have 10 foot ceilings in the gallery.
5) Submission of all works must be done online via CAFE.
6) All works submitted must have been created after January 2015.
7) Works entered and selected must be properly prepared and presented "ready" for display.
8) Accepted work which differs significantly from work represented in entry will be disqualified.
9) No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the show prior to the close of the exhibition.
10) This is an “open jurying” process and all images are/will be viewed in an anonymous manner by our judges. Please do not include your name on your images or in the image file name. All images must be submitted as .jpg files.
11) All accepted artwork must be available for sale during the show. Artwork must not be sold prior to the show.
12) All artists whose work is accepted will receive shipping instructions along with an acceptance letter.
13) All works must not have been previously shown at the Blue Line Arts.

Exhibition dates: Friday, April 14, 2017 – Saturday, May 27, 2017 
February 23rd - Deadline for all online entries using “CAFE” 
March 9th - Acceptance/Rejection notices are sent by email. 
April 9th - Selected works of art must be shipped to and physically received no later than this date. 
“Walk in” delivery of artwork will only be accepted on these dates and times.
April 9th Sunday and April 10th, only between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, 
April 15th - Reception 6pm to 9pm at Blue Line Arts. 
May 28th or May 29th from 10 to 3pm: Pick up unsold work.

ENTRY FEES There is a non-refundable entry fee for Off Center show of $35; This covers 3 image uploads; there is a $5/image fee for every additional image upload. All work accepted must be for sale. Blue Line Arts is responsible for all sales and will collect California sales tax. In addition Blue Line Arts will retain 50% of the selling price for its services and 50% will be paid to the artist. 60% if the Artist is a Blue Line Arts member. All commission payments will be made within 30 days of the close of the show. All prices quoted must be in US Dollars. Payment is in US Dollars only and is payable through the online entry form.
ENTRY DEADLINE All on-line entries and pictures must be received by February 23, 2017.

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