call for art


Art As Protest: An Open Call For Art From OCCCA

Exhibition Dates: June 3 through July 8, 2017

Juror: Tyler Stallings

Tyler Stallings received an MFA from Cal Arts in 1990. Since 1998, Tyler has organized exhibitions as Program Director for the Huntington Beach Art Center, and as Chief Curator at the Laguna Art Museum. He has also worked for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. He currently serves as the Artistic Director at the University of California, Riverside, Cultural Center of the Arts and the Sweeney Art Gallery.

Deadline to enter May 1, 2017

Accepted work drop off Sunday, May 28th 12-5pm
Shipped work arrive between May 25-28th


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The arc of history bends towards justice. Protest art just speeds things along. Protest art afflicts the comfortable, and comforts the afflicted. Protest art helps us to imagine a future free from the tyranny of ignorance and deprivation. As the late Carrie Fisher said, “Take your broken heart and make it into art.” OCCCA invites artists to submit their art for an exhibition of posters, placards, videos, photography, paintings, sculptures, functional objects, installations, fashion and new media projects. In Art as Protest, beauty and truth march hand in hand. Packed with powerful provocations in a wide range of styles, and covering a vast array of themes, protest art awakens the conscience of the world, celebrating diversity, tolerance and art’s ineluctable promise of happiness.

Topicality is a tradition at OCCCA, an artist-run alternative space serving the contemporary art scene since 1980.


Open to all media and to the entire planet.

If your work is complicated to install, or an installation we ask that you install the work. We have limited devices for video and you may need to supply your own monitors etc.

Size: should be able to fit through a standard door


Entry Formats

You can enter up to three (3) images for your $38.00 entry fee*
and can enter as many times as you wish

Note images uploaded may be used for a full color catalog, so it is in your best interest to include a press ready hi-res jpeg image (300dpi)

1. Must be at least 1,000 pixels wide, 300dpi
2. Larger than 100kb,
3. Uploaded in .jpg format only.

Video entries:
1. must be no larger than 400mb,
2. uploaded in .mov and .wmv formats only.


*fee includes service costs to provide online entry submission




Artist agrees that acceptance and display of artwork and/or framing for ART AS PROTEST is entirely at artist’s risk. 

While OCCCA will make every effort to handle all artwork 
and/or framing with professional care and consideration, OCCCA does not provide insurance for artwork and/or framing accepted for ART AS PROTEST. 

OCCCA is not responsible for any damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for ART AS PROTEST. 

Artists concerned about damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for ART AS PROTEST are encouraged to, and are responsible for, obtaining their own insurance. 

Artist hereby indemnifies and holds harmless, and agrees to defend OCCCA against any claims or demands arising out of or related to injury or damage caused by the work, or from claims of infringement. 

OCCCA is not responsible for the appearance or non-appearance of OCCCA members or their conduct.

OCCCA is not responsible for the behavior of any guests or members of the public at this or 
any exhibition.


Terms of Entry for Entrants:

All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated on the entry form. 

Proceeds from work sold: 60% to the artist, 40% to OCCCA 

Checks to the artists are processed within 10 days of the close of the show. 

OCCCA does not pay for shipping, and a return shipping label MUST be included with each shipment. 

Art sold remains on display until the close of the exhibition. Although care will be taken in the handling of entries, OCCCA accepts no responsibility for damage of work submitted to the competition improperly framed or packaged for handling. Artists may wish to obtain their own insurance. 

Failure to pick up the artwork on the scheduled pickup day(s) will incur a $10 per day storage fee and after 30 days may be discarded.


Artist contact information (email address, telephone) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists. All artist emails are added to our future events announcement email list. If you do not wish to be on the email list click the un-subscribe button when you receive the first announcement and your email will be automatically deleted.



By submitting works to ART AS PROTEST, artists agrees to the rules set forth herein.


Hold Harmless Agreement:

I hereby release the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and its members from all liability of every kind and character on account of loss, damages, or injury to property which I may have while on the property at 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA, 92701.

Any work left at OCCCA after exhibition closing, will be subject to a $10.00 per day storage fee. Any artwork left after 30 days from the pick up date will become the property of OCCCA

I understand that information contained in this form may be released to the media and that by entering this competition, I understand that my artwork may be photographed for promotional or other purposes.


Entry Agreement:

Submission for consideration in the exhibition, ART AS PROTEST constitutes agreement to the conditions stated in this document.


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