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Calls for Art

Calls for Art


Tales of the Tattoo

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“Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment.” Smithsonian Magazine, January, 2007

The Museum of Northern California Art is seeking artwork that incorporates tattoos, as a primary subject matter or as an adornment of subject(s) within the artwork. All media accepted. 

The museum’s exhibition committee will make the final selections for the exhibition. The exhibit will be held at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) 900 Esplanade in Chico.

Deadline to Submit is July 28, 2022 by 5 pm. 

To apply:  Submit your art (up to 3 distinct works) with this form. Application fee of $35 for non-monca members and $25 for monca members is due by July 28, 2022 by 5 pm. If you wish to submit more than 3 works, please fill out the form a second time for an additional fee of $10 for each piece. The museum’s exhibition committee will make the final choice of artworks.  Artists will be notified of the decision on or before August 4, 2022. 

ELIGIBILITY: Original works 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 the last day of exhibition.



Please click on the link below to the online form. 


  • [Submission form for Tales of the Tattoo ]The form requires: Artist’s name, address, phone(s), email address, along with image files and info for each piece. There is also space to upload a résumé or CV (optional).
  • Image files and labeling: Images should be in .jpg or .png format. Name the file with the artist’s name followed by 1, 2, 3 etc.  Example joesmith1.jpg


  • ENTRY FEE: $35 ($25 for monca members) for up to 3 entries ($10 for additional entry). All fees are non-refundable. Payment (check, cash or credit card) must reach monca by May 19, at 5 pm 
  • Make check payable to monca and write “Tales of the Tattoo application fee” in the memo.  Your canceled check is your receipt
  • Membership information can be found at
  • For credit card payment, call 530.487.7272 or pay in person at monca, 900 Esplanade, Chico, CA during museum hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11-5
  • For cash, pay in person at monca during museum hours.

Museum of Northern California Art 

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926 


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