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The Art of the Toy: Wild, Whimsical, and Magical
For National artists

The Art of the Toy: Wild, Whimsical, and Magical

December 3 - 22, 2016

Tony Natsoulas, juror

This exhibition explores the toy as a work of art, the toy as a vehicle for the imagination. Whether created for play or as a reference to playthings, toys can embody our own personas. They can be fun, scary, ridiculous, or thought provoking. We are looking for one-of-a-kind, unique toys. Toys as art. All media. Makers welcome.

About Tony Natsoulas: after receiving his Masters of Fine Art at the University of California at Davis in 1985, Tony has been working as a professional artist in ceramic sculpture. His main interest has been in large scale humorous figurative ceramic sculpture. In undergraduate and graduate school, he was fortunate to have studied at the University of California, Davis' TB9 ceramic studio with the artist that put figurative ceramic sculpture on the map, Robert Arneson. Since then he has been showing in galleries and museums around the world and has been commissioned to do several public and private sculptures in bronze, fiberglass and ceramic. Tony maintains a studio in Sacramento, CA. For the past 5 years he has been Exhibition Coordinator of the Coker Family Gallery at Blue Line Arts! http://www.bluelinearts.org

ENTRY FEES:

Arts Benicia members: $30 for up to 3 entries. $5 each additional entry for up to 5 total entries. You may include an image with one close-up detail for each entry at no additional charge.

Non-members $40 for up to 3 entries. $5 each additional entry for up to 5 total entries. You may include an image with one close-up detail for each entry at no additional charge.

To Enter:

Please email your submissions to: mary@artsbenicia.org.

Email subject heading: Toys

Provide complete contact information including: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, website.

For each work submitted, provide: 

  • Title
  • Dimensions
  • Value
  • Media

Upload options

For Image files:

Label your files as follows: Last name_Title.jpg

Any images submitted that are not labeled appropriately will not be reviewed.

Send your high-resolution images as email attachments. 

  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • File resolution: 72 dpi (standard web resolution)
  • File size: 5 MB maximum

For Audio Files:

  • MP3 only by private link or provide on a flash drive.

For Video Files: 

  • Provide a private link to Vimeo Channel or You Tube Channel

Or mail a flash drive or DVD (US Mail)

*For non-traditional media, please also include brief descriptions with links to websites, short videos, etc.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 28, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT PST IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

Notification: All entrants will be notified November 4, 2016.

Delivery: Accepted work must be delivered to Arts Benicia on Wednesday, November 16 between 3 and 5pm or November 19 by appointment only.

Address: Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St. #114, Benicia, CA 94510

Sales: Artists receive 60% on the sale of their work.

Shipping: Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. Please include a return shipping label.

Return: Unsold artwork must be picked up from Arts Benicia on January 5 and 6, 2017. Unless prior arrangements have been made, a late fee of $10/day will be applied to unclaimed work after January 6.

Eligibility: All artists are eligible; all media will be considered.

Entry Fee Payment Options:

  1. Online: http://artsbenicia.org/the-art-of-the-toy/
  2. Check: Mail to: Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St. #114, Benicia CA, 94510. Checks payable to: Arts Benicia. Write Toys on the memo line of your check.
  3. Phone/credit card: Call 707.747.0131. Office hours are 12-5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. 

To Become an Arts Benicia Member: Options 

  1. Online: Visit http://artsbenicia.org/membership-account/
  2. Check: Mail $35 artist membership fee to: Arts Benicia, 991 Tyler St. #114, Benicia CA, 94510. Checks payable to: Arts Benicia. Write “membership” on the memo line of your check. Please include full name, address, email, and phone number.
  3. Phone/credit card: Call 707.747.0131. Office hours are 12-5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Messages will be responded to within two business days.

Important dates:

Application deadline: October 28, 2016 by 12:00am, Midnight, PST

Artists Notified: November 4, 2016

Work drop-off: November 16, 3 – 5 pm or November 19, by appointment only.

Member Preview/Juror walk-through: Thursday, December 1, 6 – 7pm

Opening reception: Saturday, December 3, 2 – 4 pm

Exhibition closes: December 22 at 5pm

Work pick up: January 5 & 6, 2017, 3 – 5pm

Arts Benicia will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

About the Arts Benicia gallery:

Arts Benicia’s pristine 2,000 square foot gallery is the focal point of a large artists' community based in Benicia's Historic Arsenal District.

About Arts Benicia: Arts Benicia is a community-based non-profit organization that provides quality exhibitions in its gallery and at other venues in Benicia, engaging public programs, stimulating workshops for adults, and inspiring family and youth art programs. For 28 years, Arts Benicia has been a vital part of the local and regional art community, furthering and supporting artistic development, and enriching the larger community. For more information: info@artsbenicia.org; 707-747-0131; artsbenicia.org.

Arts Benicia:

991 Tyler Street, Suite 114

Benicia, CA 94510

707-747-0131



Deadline: 10-28-2016
Arts Benicia
Benicia, CA

Contact: Mary Shaw
email: mary@artsbenicia.org
Phone: 707.747.0131
Website: http://artsbenicia.org/the-art-of-the-toy/

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