California Arts Council

State of California

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Gems IV - Exquisite, Intricate, Intimate Small Works of Art
For California artists

Gems IV is a juried exhibition with a focused approach on exquisite, intricate, intimate works of art on a small scale.  With a size limit of 12” X 12” (unframed), the works of Gems IV are intended to draw the visitor in close and create an intimate viewing experience. For example, if a piece that is 12” X 12” is submitted with a 24” frame, it is still eligible. 

Artists may submit up to 5 entries. Multiple works can be submitted as a single piece or together in groupings/grids to create series, narratives, or a larger work as a whole.

This exhibition presents an opportunity for artists who normally work on a larger scale to venture out of their comfort zone, and for artists who produce small works to shine. 

Accepting: 2-Dimensional work (paintings, photographs, drawings and prints) no larger than 12” X 12.” Dimensions do not include frame.  3-Dimensional work (ceramic, glass, wood, metal, jewelry & fiber) with a base no larger than 12” X 12” in diameter. The height may be taller than 12” as long as the work is stable.   
Sales: All accepted work must be for sale. Artists receive 60% on the sale of their work. 
Juror: Donna Seager  Donna Seager is an owner/partner of the Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley. The Seager Gray Gallery specializes in contemporary fine art and exhibits painting, sculpture, works on paper and book-related arts. Partners Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray have established a premier gallery that garners critical review and is recognized beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. Donna Seager is a member of the board of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She has distinguished herself nationally for her commitment to the book as a medium for art. The Gallery’s annual Art of the Book show has attracted both artists and collectors from around the world. 
Entry fee (non-refundable) is $25 per artist for Arts Benicia Members and $35 for nonmembers for 3 images, $5 for each additional image up to 5 images.

Payment options: 
Pay online at

Pay by phone: 707-747-0131

Pay by check: Make your check payable to Arts Benicia. In the note area write Gems IV.   Send your check to:  Arts Benicia/Gems IV      991 Tyler Street, Ste. 114     Benicia, CA 94510

All entry fees must be paid prior to jury. 
To Enter: 

Please email your submissions to  Email subject heading: Gems IV Submission.    

  • Please include complete contact information:  Name, Address, Phone number and Email address.   
  • All entries must include artist's name, title, size, value and media.
  • Please attach your artist bio and resume to the email.  

Images:  The exhibition will be juried by digital images only.  You may enter a maximum of 5 images for review.  Only digital images will be accepted.  Any images must include the specific pieces you intend to submit for the exhibition.  All work must be original.
Digital Image Requirements: Send high-resolution images as an email attachment to or you can submit a link to your online images. 

Title your digital files with your last name and the title of your piece, (for example: LastName_Title.jpg).

Shipping: Artist is responsible for all shipping costs. Shipped artwork must include a return shipping label. A handling charge may apply. 
Gallery Location: Arts Benicia 991 Tyler Street, Suite 114 Benicia, CA  94510 

Notification:  Artists will be notified by November 10 if their work has been accepted or not.

Delivery: Accepted work must be delivered to Arts Benicia on Monday, November 27, 4 – 6 pm or Tuesday, November 28, 10 am – 12 pm.

No works larger than 12” X 12” (unframed) will be accepted. frames may be larger than 12" x 12".

Pickup: Unsold work must be picked up from Arts Benicia on Wednesday, January 10, 4 – 6 pm  

Please note: Arts Benicia will be closed from December 23, 2017 – January 9, 2018. 

Deadline: 11-04-2017
Arts Benicia
Benicia, CA

Contact: Mary
Phone: 707.747.0131

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