Turlock's finest artists – and those yet to be discovered alike – have the unique chance to exhibit their artwork at the Carnegie Arts Center, thanks to the Turlock City Arts Commission's annual Spring Juried Art Show.
The show takes only the best new art, culling from scores of submitted pieces to hold a prestigious locals show in the same venue which has hosted exhibitions from famed photographer Ansel Adams and legendary artist Edgar Degas.
“The spring art show, for many artists, is an event they wait for,” said Arts Commission Chair Lynn Gaiser-Saraille. “The fact that it's in such a beautiful new venue as the built-up new Carnegie is very important to many people. I would say it has been born again.”
The show will be on display at the Carnegie Arts Center from May 4 through June 30. The run will be preceded by a May 3 award ceremony and reception.
The Spring Juried Art Show previously ran in the City Hall Art Gallery, but moved to the Carnegie in 2012 following the venue's 2011 reopening. Some works chosen for the show will be exhibited at the City Hall Gallery as well, following the Carnegie show.
This year's show will be judged by a distinguished panel, comprised of Carnegie Distinguished Artist John Barnett, amateur photographer and gallery owner Rex Klein, and artist Tinna Harter Savini. Only works the trio deems worthy will be hung in the Carnegie.
Works are being accepted in five categories: oils and acrylics, photography, sculpture, drawing and works on paper, and mixed media and prints. Entry is $10 for Carnegie members, and $15 for nonmembers. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. April 7.
In addition to seeing their work exhibited in the prestigious Carnegie Arts Center, artists also have a chance to win cash prizes. Best in Show will earn a $1,000 prize, with first place in each category earning $250. Second and third will receive $100 and $50, respectively.
All work must be submitted digitally to be considered for the show. In past years, the photography and digital formatting of artists' work has been a hiccup for about 30 percent of entrants, Gaiser-Sarraille said
For the first time this year, the TCAC will partner with the Canrnegie to offer an instructional workshop on digitally formatting artwork. The workshop will be offered from 3 to 6 p.m. March 29, and again from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 30, both at the Carnegie Arts Center. Artists are suggested to bring their completed artwork with them.
“The electronic part is really catching some people out, so we're trying to clean that up,” Gaiser-Sarraille said.
The Turlock City Arts Commission is still engaged in fundraising to support the Spring Juried Art Show's cash prizes, with naming opportunities available for some awards.
For more information on the Spring Juried Art Show, including application information, visit http://www.carnegieartsturlock.org/page87.html.