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Los Gatos Art Association
2022 Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO)

The Los Gatos Art Association

Presents the

2022 Greater Bay Area Open

Juried Competition and Exhibition

Show Dates: February 4, 2022 – March 12, 2022

Call for Entries November 1, 2021 Entry deadline: January 12, 2022



The Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, enrichment and support of the arts community. Our mission is to promote creative expression in the visual fine arts by fostering high standards, extending appreciation, and encouraging cooperation and camaraderie among artists. Membership is open to all artists and art supporters.

Monthly meetings are currently held in Los Gatos over zoom so that artists can interact, network and make connections, and watch an art demonstration. In person meetings will resume in 2022 TBD. The LGAA also features annual member exhibits, peer awards shows, a monthly instagram gallery, and a weekly Plein Air group.



The Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) is a fine art competition of 2D and 3D artwork presented by the Los Gatos Art Association in partnership with NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos, and held in Los Gatos, CA at NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos. Artwork selected for this competition will be shown over a five-week period.



The theme is “Listen Learn Change Grow.”



Preston Metcalf:

As a museum Curator, and as Executive Director of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, Preston Metcalf has worked with many of the most renowned artists in the country, showcasing their works in exhibitions and publications. In addition to his curatorial role, he helped create innovative art and art history education programs for public schools and children’s hospitals, providing free programming and classes for thousands of kids, teens, and adults. He has lectured internationally on art and art history and published more than sixty essays, articles, and books on artists and their work. He is a regular lecturer of Art History at colleges and universities throughout the region.

Julie Ericsson:

As an Art Curator at NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos with over ten years of experience in the arts, Julie organizes exhibition concepts, liaises with artists, and writes didactic content for each show. In 2020, she reprised her seat on the NUMU exhibitions team, previously having served as the Exhibition and Graphic Designer from 2014 to 2017. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Julie has served at institutions such as Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, de Young Museum, Hillyer International Arts and Artists, National Museum of American History and National Air and Space Museum.



This competition is open to all artists (18 years of age or older) who are residents of the greater Bay Area which includes all areas from Napa Valley, CA through Carmel, CA.



Works must be created by the artist, original in concept, and completed within the last three years. Artwork accepted must be able to be displayed in the New Museum of Los Gatos as they are presented in their submitted digital image. Work previously shown at any Los Gatos art museum, work done under instructor, wearable art or jewelry, functional ceramic, crafts, installations, or video/ films, copies, or giclées, are not allowed in the show.



There will be six categories: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Mixed/Other, Photo/Digital, and 3D sculpture. All mediums accepted, except as noted in RULES above.



Awards totaling up to $6000: Prizes of First Place $400, Second Place $200, Third Place $100, and honorable mentions – are all chosen by the jurors. First prizes are awarded in all six categories. Second prizes are awarded in categories with 10 or more entries. Third prizes are awarded in categories with 15 or more entries. Six prizes of $300 awarded as Sponsor Awards—are chosen by corresponding sponsors. Please contact Elke Groves at 408.857.5498 to become a sponsor.



Two dimensional (2D) artwork must not exceed 30" in either direction (including frame) and minimum artwork size (excluding frame) is 8" x 10" or 80 square inches. Accepted 2D artwork must be adequately framed, wired, and ready for hanging. Wire MUST be in good condition, and taut, attached with D-rings only—no protruding eye hooks or saw tooth hangers. No framing with pressure spring clips used for attaching the hanging wire will be accepted. Canvas edges must be clean, or painted, with no visible staples. Plexiglas glazing is preferred. Artist is responsible for any damage resulting from glass glazing material.


Three dimensional (3D) artworks shall be either stand alone or pedestal based. Stand-alone sculpture is not to exceed 84 x 18 x 18 (84 inches tall by 18 inches wide by 18 inches deep) nor weigh more than 75 lbs. Pedestal based sculpture is not to exceed 36 x 18 x 18 (36 inches tall by 18 inches wide by 18 inches deep) nor weigh more than 40 lbs.


All artwork submissions will be in digital format only using the online site A maximum of five (5) artworks from each artist may be submitted. Images must be in .JPG format, under 4 mb, at least 1920 dpi on the longest side, with a resolution of 72 dpi.


ENTRY FEES (Non-refundable):

First Entry:

$55 for general

$45 for LGAA members

$25 for emerging artists

Subsequent Entries: $15 (4 maximum)



All artwork must be for sale. The GBAO is a fundraiser, and there will be a 40% commission on sales of artwork by non-LGAA members, and a 30% commission on work by LGAA members. All sales will be handled by the LGAA, with proceeds less commission delivered to the artist at end of show. Artwork must remain in the show until end of show.


NOTIFICATION: Submitting artists will be notified on Monday January 17, 2022 of juror results. If notification is not received by January 18, 2022, please email:


ACCEPTED ARTWORK: Artists whose artwork is accepted into GBAO 2022 will be provided with detailed information on where and when to deliver the artwork. Artwork must be hand delivered to NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos on January 23, 2022 between 10am and 1pm. No artwork shipments will be accepted. NUMU address: 106 E Main St, Los Gatos, CA 95030.



Submission / Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2022

Results of Jury to Artist: Monday, January 17, 2022

Art Intake Day: Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 10am-1pm

Reception Day: Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 6pm-8pm

Show Dates: February 4, 2022 through March 12, 2022

Art Removal Day: Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 10am to 1pm

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