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Los Gatos Art Association
2023/24 Greater Bay Area Open presented by the Los Gatos Art Association


The Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA) presents


Potentiality / Actuality

The 2023/24 Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO)

Juried Competition and Exhibition held at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU)

Exhibition Dates: Fri, Nov 17, 2023 through Sat, Mar 9, 2024

Entry deadline: Fri, Oct 20, 2023


The Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO) is a fine art only competition and exhibition presented by the Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA), designed to promote fine art and artists from the greater Bay Area. Starting in 2015 and held biannually, the GBAO is now in its fifth showing and has moved to even numbered years. This exhibit brings an exciting and dynamic association between the LGAA and NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos, host to this collaboration.


Spanning twelve Bay Area counties, from Sonoma to Monterey, this juried event draws artists to compete for awards and recognition, but also brings exposure to respected jurors, galleries, and art collectors from the region. The GBAO embraces artistic excellence, accepting both two dimensional and three dimensional fine art into this premier venue.



Elke Groves and Jeff Owen

Founders and Co-Chairs - GBAO



The Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA) is a 501c3 nonprofit 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.



Potentiality / Actuality


In every moment of creativity there is an option to explore one’s perspective and expression. For this exhibit, the artist is invited to push work past usual boundaries to embrace the movement between potentiality and actuality. All artists are encouraged to interpret the theme their own way.



Juror #1: Pancho Jiménez - Pancho holds an M.F.A. in Sculptural Ceramics from San Francisco State University, and his BA degree from Santa Clara University. He has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally at universities, private galleries and civic spaces. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento CA, the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles CA, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. He was named an Artist Laureate by SVCreates. His solo show at the Triton Museum of art was named one of the Ten Best in Northern California by art ltd. Magazine. He has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and numerous publications including, "The Ceramic Design Book", "Extruded Ceramics" and “500 Ceramic Sculptures.” He has taught courses at San Francisco State University, West Valley College and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Santa Clara University where he has been teaching since 1999.


Juror #2: Allison Railo, Curator New Museum Los Gatos | NUMU - Railo received an MA in Art History
and Visual Culture from San José State University, specializing in contemporary alternative process photography. Her MA Thesis grew into the 2020 Image + Object Exhibition at NUMU, where she also curated the NUMU’s Los Gatos History Project. She earned her first MA in Museum and Gallery Management from City University in London, and her BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA. Allison has been active in the arts community for more than 25 years having worked in museums and galleries in the Los Angeles area prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2005.


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This competition is open to all artists, 18 years of age or older, including emerging artists, who are residents of the greater Bay Area, which includes the following counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito. Note: An Emerging Artist is defined as: Artists who are at the beginning of their careers, and who have created a modest and independent body of work.



Works must be created by the artist, original in concept, and completed within the last three (3) years. Artwork accepted must be able to be displayed at New Museum 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.



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. TBD



MAXIMUM SIZE – ( INCLUDING FRAME ) – MUST NOT EXCEED 30 inches in any direction.

MINIMUM SIZE – ( EXCLUDING FRAME ) – MUST NOT BE LESS THAN 100 square inches, or 10” x 10”. Measure twice!

Accepted 2D artwork must be adequately framed, wired, and ready for hanging.

No protruding eye hooks or saw-tooth hangers.

Hanging wire must be in good condition, taut, and preferably attached with D-rings.

No framing with pressure spring clips.

Canvas edges must be clean, or painted, with no visible staples or nails.

Plexiglas glazing is preferred over glass. Artist is responsible for any damage resulting from glass glazing material.



3D artworks MUST be either stand alone or pedestal based.

NO WALL based sculptures.

Stand-alone sculpture MUST NOT EXCEED 84 x 18 x 18 (84 inches tall by 18 inches wide by 18 inches deep) nor weigh more than 80 lbs.

Pedestal based sculpture MUST NOT 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 must be in digital format 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 each, at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, with a minimum resolution of 72 dpi. For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351


Optional: Accepted artists are encouraged to write up to 100 words to give context to each submitted entry upon acceptance. Additional details will be available in the acceptance letter. These will be posted in the gallery to embellish viewer understanding of the work.


ENTRY FEES (Non-refundable):

LGAA Member, First Artwork Entry: $45

Non-LGAA Member, First Artwork Entry: $55

Emerging Artist, First Artwork Entry: $25

Subsequent Entries: $15 (maximum of 5 entries)



Artwork may or may not be for sale. All sales will be handled by the artist. Any work sold during the GBAO must remain in the show until the show ends.



Submitting artists will be notified on date specified that the results are available to view in your artist profile. If notification is not received within 2 days, please email:



Artists whose artwork is accepted into GBAO 2023/24 must hand deliver their artwork to NUMU, New Museum Los Gatos. No artwork shipments will be accepted. NUMU address: 106 E Main St., Los Gatos, CA 95030.



Submission / Entry Deadline: Fri, Oct 20, 2023

Jury Notification to Artist: Mon, Oct 30, 2023

Art Intake Day: Sun, Nov 12, 2023, 11 am to 2 pm

Reception Day: Thu, Nov 16, 2023, 5 pm to 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: Fri, Nov 17, 2023 through Sat, Mar 9, 2024

Art Removal Day: Sun, Mar 10, 2024, 11 am to 2 pm


Insurance for exhibited artwork is the responsibility of the artist. The artist agrees to hold harmless and release from liability the Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA) and New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU), their officers, agents and employees for any and all damages, claims, causes of action, losses, liability, judgments, costs, costs of collection, and attorney’s fees arising out of or related to the exhibit.
Promotional photographs may be taken at GBAO by LGAA and NUMU, and the artist consents to the use of their image in future LGAA, GBAO, & NUMU promotional materials.

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