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Call for Artists

  • Museum of Northern California Art 900 Esplanade Chico, CA, 95926 United States (map)



 May 30-July 28, 2019

The Museum of Northern California Art is seeking original artworks relating to maps for its upcoming juried exhibit, Map It Out.  

The museum’s exhibition committee will make final selections.

ELIGIBILITY:  Original works, all media, created by artists residing in Northern California, defined as San Jose and all points north, east, and west to the state border.  All exhibited artworks must remain in the exhibition until 5 p.m. on July 28, 2019.  


  • Your entry should be emailed to: with SUBJECT of the email as “monca maps 2019”

  • The email must contain: Artist’s name, address, phone(s), email address, along with image file and info for each piece.  Also Include a résumé or c.v. and/or a brief artist statement.

  • See below for entry fee information.  Please indicate payment method in your submission.

Image files and labeling

  • Images should be in .jpg format, naming the file with the artist’s name followed by 1, 2, 3 etc.  Example joesmith1.jpg

  • For each image, include in your email:

  1. Image number (from the filename)

  2. Title

  3. Medium

  4. Dimensions

  5. Date of work

  6. Any special display or hanging needs

  7. Price or NFS

The price should include a 50% museum commission.   Prices will not appear on the gallery signage, but instead will be available on request at the reception desk.  

         ENTRY FEE: $25 (non-refundable) for 3 images; $10 for each additional entry

  • Checks must reach monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926 by May 3 at 5 pm

  • Make check payable to monca and write ‘Maps entry fee’ in the memo.  Your canceled check is your receipt

  • For credit card payment, call (530.487.7272) or pay in person, at monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA    Museum hours: Thurs-Sunday 11-5 

    Jury notifications will be emailed on May 6.


  • Accepted work should be delivered to 900 Esplanade during the following times:

  • May 9-12, 11-5 pm

  • May 16-19, 11-5 pm

  • All work must be delivered ready to hang or display. Works to hang on the wall must be wired; no sawtooth hangers. Any special display or hanging needs must be described in the application.

  • Artist’s name, phone, and title of work must be on the back of each artwork.

Please note: If you are not a local artist or if for any reason you must ship your work, return postage arrangements will be required up front.  If the work does not sell, it will be re-packaged in its original shipping materials and sent back to you at your cost.

If shipping the work, please insure it.  If glazed, make sure to use plexiglass to prevent breakage since glass could damage the artwork. The museum will not be held responsible for work damaged in shipment.


Deadline for entries and fees: May 3, 2019 at 5:00pm

Jury results notification: May 6

Artwork delivery:  May 9-12, 16-19, regular museum hours, 11-5 pm

Exhibit opens: May 30 at 11:00 am

Opening reception:  Thursday May 30, 6-8 pm

Last day of exhibit: July 28

Artwork pickups: July 28 at 5pm, August 1-4 and 8-11, 11-5 pm

Works left beyond Sept 1, 2019 will become property of monca.  

monca will be diligent in the care of artwork but is not responsible for loss or damage that might occur; insurance is the responsibility of the artist.