Call Detail
Comunidad: A Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Month Exhibition & Residency Opportunity
Entry Deadline: 8/15/21
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Vibrante: Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: California

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America or other regions that identify with the aforementioned cultures. To celebrate the vibrant and diverse communities we serve, Blue Line Arts will host an exhibition open to Latin and Hispanic artists whose works celebrate or reference their cultural backgrounds, or engage with contemporary political and social issues through their unique cultural lens. 

Blue Line Arts recognizes that Hispanic and Latin artists have been historically underrepresented at our institution, and are committed to furthering inclusivity and equity in the gallery. We recognize that many distinct peoples and cultures exist within the broad nomenclature of ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latin’, and wish to be inclusive of these cultures without conflating or being reductive. We encourage all artists who identify as Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, whose ancestors hail from Central or South America, Spain, Mexico, the Carribean, any of the indigenous tribes of South and Central America, or any other regions that identify with these cultures to apply.

Cash Prizes:
$500 - 1st Place
$300 - 2nd Place
$100 - 3rd Place
$100 - People’s Choice Award

Juror: Luis Garcia

Inspired by the critical tradition in education, known as Critical Pedagogy, Dr. Luis-Genaro Garcia  is an artist, scholar,  and former high school art educator.  As an educator and artist influenced by the theoretical frameworks of Critical Pedagogy, The Funds of Knowledge, and Critical Race Theory in Education, he draws on art as a tool to challenge the social and political barriers that exist for communities of color.     

As an artist, constantly drawing on his experiences as a student and critical educator, he reflects the historical and political experiences of marginalized communities through what he identifies as Social Surrealism. His work is heavily influenced by Mexican Muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros and printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada; both known for their social and political commentary.  

 As a long-time  public high school educator and professor,  he draws on the cultural assets of students and communities as relevant and accessible forms of art. Through this philosophy he believes that students' home knowledge can be used by educators to develop cultural and relevant knowledge that will develop the creativity and independence of students , educators, and communities for social transformation and social change.  Dr. Garcia’s vast experience includes developing teacher resources for Self Help Graphics and Art, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, professional development for educators within the UC and CSU system, and providing accessible art workshops for families across California. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art Education at California State University Sacramento and continues working with local communities, schools,  and arts organizations.

Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: September 17th- October 23rd
Installation Dates: September 12-16

Artwork Drop Off Dates and Shipping delivery deadline: Sunday & Monday, September 12-13 from 10AM-3PM

Recommended shipping Deadline: 08/28/21

Application Deadline: 8/13/21

Artist Notification: 8/20/21

Opening Reception: September 18th

Closing Reception: October 18th

Pickup Unsold Works: October 24th & 25th (10am to 3pm)



  • Open to all artists 18 and older

  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts

  • All artwork must be for sale

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • FedEx or UPS ONLY

  • No USPS

  • 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 with wire backing only

  • No sawtooth hangers

Pricing Agreement

Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions. The artist agrees that the price submitted in this form will be the price that the work will be sold for and may not change hereafter.  Please note, Non-members receive a 50% sales commission and current Artist Members receive a 60% sales commission.


The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and should have a prepaid label from FedEx or UPS (No US Mail) for the return of artwork. Please mark the outside of your box with your last name in bold letters also please use blue painters tape when you wrap your artwork inside the box.


*Additional Residency Opportunity:
This call will coincide with an Artist in Residence & Teaching Program opportunity open to Hispanic Artists living in the Greater Sacramento Region, which will be hosted in the Broad Education Gallery at Blue Line Arts.  If interested in applying to this residency, please complete the optional fields in the application to be considered. 

About the Residency:
Artist Stipend: $1,000 & 50% Workshop registration net income.  

Requirements and Benefits
The selected artist:

- Will collaborate with staff to develop a curriculum to engage and educate K-12 students in the artist’s work, incorporating relevant arts history context, cultural and visual arts knowledge, and hands-on creative learning. The lesson plan will be used as a part of the organization’s Tour Talk & Create fine arts exposure program.

- Will work with Blue Line Arts to produce and teach at least 1 youth workshop and 1 adult workshop during the residency.  All programming will follow the most up-to-date state and county safety guidelines and will be delivered virtually if in-person programming is not permitted by local safety guidelines. 

- Will have unrestricted access to a generously-sized studio space during open hours for the entire span of the exhibition: 9-5 Tuesdays-Fridays, 11-5 Saturdays.  

-Must be present in the  studio space and willing to speak to socially distanced studio visitors a minimum of 20 (hrs)/ during Gallery Hours (11-5 Tuesday-Saturday) during the course of the residency.  Appropriate safety materials will be provided and safety protocols enforced to ensure the safety of limited gallery visitors and the artist.  

- Will be featured in a video interview, and will have the opportunity to engage with the community during a  live virtual reception event.

- Has the opportunity to exhibit and sell on consignment with Blue Line Arts current works within the studio space (Broad Education Gallery).  Has the option to be included in the gallery’s online store.  

Residency Eligibility:

Artist must be 18 or older

Artist must be a Hispanic artist (see above for definitions) residing in the Greater Sacramento Region (Sacramento and surrounding counties: Placer, Yuba/Sutter, Yolo, Nevada, El Dorado counties, etc.)

Artist must be willing to teach in-person programming up to allowed capacity restrictions per CA and Placer County guidelines during the time of the residency. 

Application requirements

Please upload a single PDF containing the following to the optional Residency Application field

  • Your most recently updated C.V., including any relevant teaching experience.

  • Cover Letter

  • Samples of current work - in PDF form  including at least 18 images along with a corresponding image list that includes titles, dates, dimensions, and a detailed materials list with a short explanation. You may include pdf(s ) of catalogs , video links , etc. if applicable

  • Creative / Artist Statement

  • Teaching philosophy/ Education statement

  • Additional supporting documentation (Optional)

  • 3 professional references (contact information only)

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria