DLBA Announces Call for Local Artists to Submit Work for Inaugural Talent Pool Exhibition

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) has announced its first annual Talent Pool exhibition, an upcoming collection that will feature works by Long Beach visual artists in the DLBA downtown offices at 100 W. Broadway. 

DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian said in a release that the renovated offices were to “ensure creativity and connectivity to the Downtown community remains alive and well,” a task that now includes a call for art. According to the release, the concept of collecting the art of local creatives to adorn the DLBA’s wanting walls, in the reception areas and conference rooms, as well as adjoining work spaces, was always a part of the plan. The next step to filling their recently-renovated and expanded offices will now be collecting local art through a selection process.

Long Beach-based artists are encouraged to submit their work in the traditional fine art mediums, including photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. Jewelry, video or audio media will not be accepted presently. All artwork must have been created within the last five years and should uphold high quality fine art techniques, presentation standards and represent DLBA appropriate themes.

Artists can submit up to 10 samples of their work, with each sample formatted as a digital image of the artwork with an identification card that should include the title of the work, the medium used, the dimensions, the date it was created and price of sale, if available.

The samples must be accompanied by a 500-word artist statement, along with a two-page or less resume. The work will be selected through a juried process that will include fine art and design professionals associated with the DLBA.

Artists must submit their applications by no later than March 21 and will be notified on March 31 if their work will be exhibited for the one year period, from April 2015 to April 2016. The selected artists will be required to enter into a contract of artwork for the before mentioned year and agree to allow the DLBA to reproduce any of the images or documentation of artworks selected for exhibition to be used in marketing and publicity materials.

Artists retain copyright and all other rights related to or for the artwork and will also receive a fair honorarium as determined reasonable by the jurors, ranging from $100 to $500 per artwork. All applications must be submitted online here.


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