Call for art


The Anthropocene Epiphany: Art and Climate Change

Entry deadline: May 30, 2021 

Notification of accepted entries: June 9, 2021

Exhibition July 3-August 21, 2021

Delivery of artwork: June 24, 25, 26, 27, 2021, shipped or hand-delivered, between the hours of 12:00 and 5:00. 

Pickup of artwork after the exhibition: Saturday August 21, 5-7pm and Sunday August 22, 2021. 12:00-5:00 PM 

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The Anthropocene is a new geologic era marked by the impact of human activity on the Earth. The term is gaining currency among curators and critics as artists confront the global climate crisis. In the Anthropocene Epiphany, highly accomplished creatives point the way toward a sustainable future. All media will be considered, including painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, video, installations, craft, fashion, architecture, functional objects, and art made from recycled materials. The Anthropocene Epiphany also seeks social practice projects, as well as the documentation of scientific expeditions and interventions. Many artists have become like anthropologists exploring an unknown territory.

Toxic hybrids of animals, humans, and plants inhabit this new Eden. With the cataclysmic effects of pollution, massive terra-forming of the land, dislocated populations, dwindling natural resources, mass extinctions, floating islands of trash, poisoned water, the shrinking Arctic, fire, floods and famine — no wonder artists are nostalgic for the beauty of Nature. The Anthropocene’s uncanny apocalypse forces us to live in two time scales, the mundane and the gigantic. As art melds with other disciplines such as neuroscience and bioengineering, galleries become post-human laboratories for the study of molecular life. Eco-feminists critique the patriarchy. Indigenous peoples articulate a fervent desire for climate justice. Is the Earth a sacred site? Shamans and scientists agree that humanity can only exist within the matrix of nature. Contemporary artists convey the enormity of a multi-faceted ecological catastrophe past the tipping point in The Anthropocene Epiphany, An Open Call for Art From OCCCA. All media welcomed.


Juror: Erika Hirugami, MAAB, BA(s). Curator
CEO CuratorLove • Executive Director of AHSC

Erika Hirugami holds a Masters Degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University, and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from UCLA in Art History, Chicano and Mexican Studies. She is the Executive Director of the Art Historians of Southern California, and the CEO of CuratorLove, a curatorial platform that collaborates directly with artists, galleries, museums, alternative spaces, art councils, startups and corporations to produce innovative exhibitions internationally.





Entry Instructions:

Open calls for art are open to all artists without regional restrictions. 


117 N. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 715-667-1517 


Online only via the EntryThingy website. 

Minimum: $45.00 for up to three JPGs. $90.00 for six JPGs.
Maximum allowed: nine JPGs for $100.00. (A savings of $35.00) 

(All entry fees help support OCCCA, an artist-run, non-profit arts organization, serving the community since 1980.) 

1. Please keep each file size under 10mb (megabytes)*
2. Uploaded in .jpg format only.
4. You can upload up to 3 additional images per piece for installations or other 3D work or to include a detail view.

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

Video entries:
1. Each video must be no larger than 1,000mb (megabytes),
2. uploaded in mp3, mov, mp4 and wmv formats only.
Or include a link of the video on a host site (i.e. youtube, vemio, or on your website).

For video entries, upload in mp3, mov, mp4 and wmv formats only. If selected, the artist must send either a media player (Micca) with the video on a thumbdrive or a self-looping DVD of the video, to enable OCCCA to easily display it during the exhibition. 

Notification to the artists of the selected artworks will be via email from Be sure to check your spam folder. 

Participating artists are responsible for their own insurance. OCCCA does not provide 
insurance. OCCCA shall not be responsible for damage or loss to artwork from any cause at OCCCA, or during shipping. 

OCCCA will retain a 40% commission on all sales.

All artwork may be photographed for promotional and other purposes. 

Artwork may be hand delivered only on the days and during the hours specified. 


Artist shall include a pre-paid, return-shipping label for the return of their artwork. This is a bar-coded label purchased at the time of shipment, and shall be included inside the package, or attached to the exterior in a sleeve. 

Please Read: *Shipping and Packing information

Thank you for your entry! 

Please download and fill out the entry tag and attach to your artwork. 

Participating artists hereby release OCCCA, its members, agents and officers from all liability, damages, or injury while on OCCCA premises. 


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