Image: Kurt Weston, Grim Justice


Open Call for Art, Deadline to enter December 30, 2016

February 4 thru March 11, 2017

Curators: Pat Sparkuhl, Gregg Stone, Leslie Davis


1. All Selected Artwork
Selected work must be hand delivered or shipped to assure arrival before January 29th. to:
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Marked   INCARCERATION on outside of box.

2. Hand Deliveries and Installation
All hand deliveries are due Thursday, January 26 thru Sunday January 29 between the hours of 12 p.m. -5 p.m.  It is imperative that you deliver your work during this time.  Any work that does not arrive on time may not be shown.  Please call 714-667-1517 or 949 233-1335 if you need to make other arrangements for hand delivery.  A friend and/or family member may drop off your work for you.   Over 274 entries were submitted and 47 works were selected.  Outlined are some important dates and information on delivery of your artwork.   
3. Please enclose a Narrative attached to your work. Not required and no longer than 50 words that will be 14 point text
4.  Resumes/Statement
You may print and submit a resume of your art experience, including education, exhibitions, art-related work experience, awards, etc., an artist statement, and no more than a two-paragraph explanation of each work submitted. This may be dropped off at the reception desk. This will be maintained in a notebook for gallery patrons to view during the exhibition.
5. Pick Up Accepted Works
Pick-up of all work in the exhibition is scheduled for Sunday March 12 or Monday 13, from noon to – 4 p.m. If you need to make special arrangements call (714) 667-1517 before March 11.
Works not picked up by this deadline will be charged $10 per day storage fee and will be disposed of at the discretion of OCCCA.
6. Two-Dimensional Pieces
All two-dimensional pieces must be framed and ready for hanging, with proper screw eyes and to correspond with the weight of the artwork. No saw-tooth hangers.
7. Three-Dimensional Pieces
For three-dimensional pieces that need a gallery pedestal larger than 20 inches, that are fragile, or require special installation, prior arrangements should be made with the gallery. Photographs and/or diagrams are required for all work that requires installation other than hanging or placing on a pedestal.
8. Sales
OCCCA retains 20% of the selling price on all sales. 20% will go to Collaborative Court Foundation and Home Boy Industries and 60% for the artist.  Please price your work accordingly. Sold art pieces will remain in the gallery at time of purchase for the length of the show.
9. Insurance
Although care will be taken in the handling of work, OCCCA accepts no responsibility for damage of work accepted to the exhibition. All works accepted to the exhibition are at the artist’s risk. Artists may wish to obtain their own insurance.



The U.S. now confines more than 2.2 million people in its prisons. This amounts to 1.2% percent of its population, more than any other country and eight times more per capita than Russia. Our incarcerated citizens have become a shadow nation, hidden and often forgotten. This shadow nation is supported by a budget estimated at 64 billion annually, or nearly 6% of our gross national product. Incarceration has become a big and rigorously privatized business. Our current approach has produced a profitable if brutal cycle: poverty and the absence of economic opportunity funnel individuals into crime, prisons militate against rehabilitation, convicts re-offend following release, and after arrest are returned to prison as compliant recidivists. As a result, U.S. recidivism rates are now at 68% and increase every year. In this environment, it's hard to tell where justice ends and vengeance begins.

How did we get here? Starting in the 1970’s, our prison population underwent rapid and unprecedented growth. In 2016, we house 700% more prisoners than we did in 1970. This increase happened in spite of steady decreases in violent crime. The growth of the prison population was fueled by the mandatory minimum sentences of the “War on Drugs”, and the accompanying “tough on crime” legislation. Prisoners are now overwhelmingly African-American and Latino, and the majority have been imprisoned for non-violent offenses. Many struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Prisons in a single state, California, now house more of the mentally ill and drug addicted than all of the hospitals in America.

As grim as this situation appears, there are proven and equitable models for reform. In rebuke to our badly broken justice system, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden provide examples of what compassionate, evidenced-based approaches to crime and punishment can accomplish. These countries achieve exceptionally low rates of crime and recidivism with lower total and per capita expenditures. All of them provide intensive rehabilitation programs for inmates in an environment modeled closely on the communities where they will be reintegrated. This is followed by extensive coordinated support services after release.

Any path to reform will begin with a demand for justice: justice for the incarcerated, for their families, and for communities devastated by the loss of essential members. We have reached a critical moment in the struggle for a better criminal justice system. It is crucial that the chorus of voices making this demand includes artists and that these artists be willing to wield the power of art to inform, to inspire, and to heal.

Leslie Diane Davis





Artist agrees that acceptance and display of artwork and/or framing for INCARCERATION is entirely at artist’s risk. 

While OCCCA will make every effort to handle all artwork 
and/or framing with professional care and consideration, OCCCA does not provide insurance for artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION. 

OCCCA is not responsible for any damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION. 

Artists concerned about damage or loss to artwork and/or framing accepted for INCARCERATION are encouraged to, and are responsible for, obtaining their own insurance. 

Artist hereby indemnifies and holds harmless, and agrees to defend OCCCA against any claims or demands arising out of or related to injury or damage caused by the work, or from claims of infringement. 

OCCCA is not responsible for the appearance or non-appearance of OCCCA members or their conduct.

OCCCA is not responsible for the behavior of any guests or members of the public at this or 
any exhibition.


Terms of Entry for Entrants:

All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated on the entry form. 

Proceeds from work sold: 60% to the artist, 40% to OCCCA 

Checks to the artists are processed within 10 days of the close of the show. 

OCCCA does not pay for shipping, and a return shipping label MUST be included with each shipment. 

Art sold remains on display until the close of the exhibition. Although care will be taken in the handling of entries, OCCCA accepts no responsibility for damage of work submitted to the competition improperly framed or packaged for handling. Artists may wish to obtain their own insurance. 

Failure to pick up the artwork on the scheduled pickup day(s) will incur a $10 per day storage fee and after 30 days may be discarded.


Artist contact information (email address, telephone) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists. All artist emails are added to our future events announcement email list. If you do not wish to be on the email list click the un-subscribe button when you receive the first announcement and your email will be automatically deleted.



By submitting works to INCARCERATION, artists agrees to the rules set forth herein.


Hold Harmless Agreement:

I hereby release the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and its members from all liability of every kind and character on account of loss, damages, or injury to property which I may have while on the property at 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA, 92701. and 1600 N. Broadway, Suite 210 Santa Ana, CA 92706

Any work left at OCCCA after exhibition closing, will be subject to a $10.00 per day storage fee. Any artwork left after 30 days from the pick up date will become the property of OCCCA

I understand that information contained in this form may be released to the media and that by entering this competition, I understand that my artwork may be photographed for promotional or other purposes.


Entry Agreement:

Submission for consideration in the exhibition,INCARCERATION constitutes agreement to the conditions stated in this document.


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