Monday, August 15, 2011

53 Winners of the California Open 2011 August 17th - September 2nd, 2011

TAG Gallery is proud to present the sixth annual California Open Juried Exhibition on August 17, 2011 through September 2, 2011.

The nationwide competition recognizes excellence in a diverse range of styles and media and offers artists exposure at Bergamot Station Arts Center, Southern California’s largest art gallery complex and cultural center.

Interest in the California Open has been on the rise since TAG Gallery moved to its current location in Bergamot Station in 2009.  Only 53 artists were selected from a pool of 572 entrants by jurors Katherine Chang Liu, internationally renowned painter, teacher, curator and juror, and Peter Mays, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association, Chair of West Hollywood's Art on the Outside Program, Recognized Artist Advocate.

“From the juror’s standpoint, the quantity and quality of submissions proved to be both daunting and exhilarating” stated the jurors.  “As established art professionals immersed in the world of emerging artists, we both see an uncommon amount of artwork on a daily basis, so authentically engaging our attention could potentially present a challenge.  After thoroughly reviewing the works independently, we proceeded to hone the final selections together, advocating, honing, and ultimately forging a cohesive exhibition that captured the zeitgeist of the moment.”

“We were pleased to find that the final pieces shared a common “DNA” comprising impressive formal skills and/or originality of idea or execution. The resulting exhibition provides an expansive cross-section of work by a lively and accomplished pool of artists. The proficient, obsessive, playful and thoughtful all happily have role in this exhibit and its story. We sincerely hope that you enjoy this exhibition and the visions of the participating artists. “

Click here to see a list of accepted artists.

Reception and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, August 20, 2011
5-8 pm

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