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Off Center: An International Ceramic Competition
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Entry Deadline: 5/31/20
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Entry Fee (Off Center: An International Ceramic Competition): $35.00
Media Fee(Additional Media Fee): $5.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 20
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: California
Event Dates: 7/31/19 - 9/12/20

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. Northern California has a rich history of talented ceramic artists from Robert Arneson to Peter Voulkos. Blue Line Arts is excited to showcase the innovation of ceramic techniques and vision from around the world during this annual show. Ceramic artists who want to share their vision of ceramic art are encouraged to apply.


Juror: Jason Walker
He received a BFA from Utah State University and a MFA from Penn State University. He spent two years as a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Since then, he has lectured, taught, worked and exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in places including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Penland School for the Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China and the International Ceramics Workshop, Kecskemet, Hungary, South Korea, Ireland, Canada and France. He has been awarded a 2009 NCECA International Residency Fellowship and a 2014 Artist Trust Fellowship from Washington State. He has work in major collections such as the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco: De Young, the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona, The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. He is represented by Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, Massechusettes and the J.Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, California. Currently, he resides in Cedar City, Utah, where he maintains his studio practice and is teaching full-time at Southern Utah University. 

Important Dates

  • Deadline to enter: May 31, 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: July 31 - September 12, 2020
  • Artist Notification: June 15, 2020
  • Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: July 12th, 2020
  • Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: July 26th or July 27th from 10 to 3pm
  • Opening Reception: August 15th, 2020 From 5 pm- 8:30 pm
  • Pick up unsold work from Blue Line Arts: September 13 & 14, from 10 am -3 pm



       Open to all artists 18 and older

       Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts

       All artwork must be for sale

o   No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date

       Accepted artwork that differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified

       Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions.

o   Non-member artists receive a 50% commission from all gallery sales

o   Members receive a 60% commission from all gallery sales

       The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and must include a prepaid label for return of artwork

o   FedEx or UPS ONLY

o   No USPS

o   Please use blue painters tape to secure wrapping and artwork during shipping-- this ensures we will be able to reuse packing materials for return shipment

       Two-dimensional artwork must be ready to hang

o   Wire must be installed

o   No sawtooth hangers

       Artwork image files must be renamed in the following format:

o   LastNameFirstName_ArtworkTitle


Application Requirements:

Applicants must apply using the form on the Blue Line Arts website,

You must be 18 years or older to apply.


If you have questions about submissions, please contact Blue Line Arts during gallery hours at (916) 783-4117 or at