California Open FAQ

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What is California Open?

The 12th Annual 2017 California Open is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by TAG Gallery, an artist-owned gallery now located at 5458 Wilshire Blvd, blocks from LACMA and the Craft and Folk Arts Museums. TAG features emerging and mid-career artists of Southern California. Previously located at Bergamot Station, our new exhibition space is 5,400 sq. ft., twice the size of our previous gallery space. We are excited about our new, bigger space and will be able to accept more CA applicants and bigger work this year! 

The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older in the disciplines of Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. Accepted work will be exhibited at TAG Gallery from the 9th – 26th of August 2017, and all work will be for sale. 

When is the deadline date to apply?

June 23, 2017

How do I label images? 

Please click here to read media prep information.

All images must be formatted to the following specifications: 

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

What are the maximum dimensions?

Hanging works are limited to 60” height and 40” width including frame and may no exceed 30 lbs. per unit.

Sculptures are limited to 48” height and 20” depth and may not exceed 40 lbs. including base. 

How much does it cost to enter?

$50 for the first three entries. Additional entries are an additional $10 each. 

Maximum of 6 entries. All fees are non-refundable and payable through

How do I know if I am eligible to enter?

  • The CA Open is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years or older, working in fine art media. 
  • Categories include: Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. 
  • No video, film, installations or artwork that requires special installation or assembly.
  • Work must be original and completed since 2011.

Can I submit one of my prints? 

We only accept pieces in their original medium. For instance, if you work in printmaking with a printing press and create multiple editions, we could accept any number edition in a series of prints because it is your original medium. However, if you create prints of a painting, we cannot accept a print because it is not the original medium. 

How do I apply to CA Open on CaFE? 

Click here to read instructions of how to apply.

When do I find out if I’ve been accepted or not?

Notifications will be emailed on July 14, 2017.

If I’m accepted, will I receive instructions? 

Accepted artists will receive instructions for shipping and hand delivery. There is a $50 handling charge for shipped work. Shipping costs and insurance for the art is the responsibility of the artist. A pre-paid return shipping label or air bill is mandatory. Reusable shipping containers only. No wood crates or Styrofoam peanuts. 

What are the specifications for submitting my work once accepted?

All work must be original, unsold work, and the artist must own the sole copyright to the art. Delivered work must match the image juried. Substitutions of accepted works will not be allowed. Frames, mats, and wiring must be professional quality. No saw-tooth handers. Wiring must be in good condition and substantial enough for the weight of the artwork. 2-D works on paper must be framed and under Plexiglas. All accepted work must remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance.

How much commission will I get if I sell my work? 

All work must be available for sale. There is a 50% commission to TAG Gallery on sales during the exhibition and 30 days subsequent to the close of the exhibition. No work may be removed from the gallery until the close of the exhibition. 

Is the gallery liable for loss, theft or damage of artwork?

Artwork will be handled with reasonable care. TAG Gallery and its representatives will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage of artworks while in the gallery’s possession or in transit.

What about copyright information?

TAG Gallery reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity and documentary purposes. TAG Gallery allows researchers and commercial filmmakers to use the gallery as a backdrop. All copyrights of the artwork are retained by the artist.

What is the agreement?

The submission of entries to this competition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all rules and conditions as set forth in the prospectus. Entries not meeting the criteria listed will be disqualified and the entry fee will not be refunded. 

What if I have other questions?

For technical support questions regarding the application process on CaFE, contact

Please contact TAG Gallery at (310) 829-9556 or for further questions.