Calling All Artists

2018 Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts, is once again inviting artists from far and wide to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 16th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening January 11-15, 2018.

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“Wild & Scenic uses environmental and adventure film to inspire activism and we are seeking art submissions that do the same.  Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address a broad interpretation of the theme of ‘environment.’ The featured artwork enhances the immersive nature of the festival experience,” said Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director.

“We are seeking environmental artwork that delivers a meaningful message,” said Eliza Tudor, Executive Director Nevada County Arts. “There are a host of talented artists who are passionate about the environment, and we’re excited to give them an opportunity to showcase their best.”

Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in front of environmental filmmakers, celebrities, social activists and more than 7,500 festival attendees. Artists will also be considered for awards in 3 categories:  2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, and Photography. The final deadline to apply is November 1, but discounts are available for earlier submissions.

Submission Categories
Artists can submit up to 5 pieces per entry in a single category.  The three categories are:

  • 2-Dimensional: All paintings, collages, mixed media, and panels with 1.5 inches or less of depth variation
  • 3-Dimensional: All sculpture and pieces with depth variations greater than 1.5 inches
  • Photography: All photography, including digital and film, color, black and white

Student Submissions
Winning student works will be displayed at the Nevada County S.T.E.A.M. Expo 2018. The S.T.E.A.M. Exposition is a program of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office – highlighting and integrating all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.

This event encompasses the Nevada County Science Fair, Nevada County team math competition, robotics competitions, and demonstrations– showing how the arts integrate with science, technology, engineering, and math. This event will take place April 8th 2017 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

Submission Dates & Fees
Student submissions (age 19 or below) are $5. The regular submission fee is $30.  Early bird submissions (submitted by September 15, 2017) are only $20.   The regular submission deadline is October 15.  An extended submission deadline will be in effect until November 1 ($45).

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NOTE: Once you click submit, you will be directed to a form and payment gateway. The form is long, allowing for up to five pieces of work to be included. Scroll to the bottom of the form to submit payment once you’ve completed entering the submission info; you are not required to submit more than one piece of work.

Important Dates
September 15    Early Bird Registration Deadline, $20
October 15         Regular Registration Deadline, $30
November 1      Extended Deadline, $45
December 1       Jury Notifications Sent
January 11         Last day to install art work
January 11         Artists Opening Reception & Award Ceremony/Film Festival opens
January 14         Earliest possible removal date for art work

Header artwork: Photography by Gail Lipson, 2017 Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition