calls for art:

open call for art
June 6- July 11

DEADLINE: May 10th


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Curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute

Moist is a tear-stained face, a risky proposition, a plea for empathy. Moist revels in the fluidity of sexual identity. In these tender transgressions beats the heart of the world.

Moist is about ‘the trespass sweetly urged,’ as Shakespeare wrote. To love is to be brushed by the wings of madness and to suffer the pangs of the impossible in moments of jouissance. A confluence of energies sublime will transcend our differences as barriers keeping us apart evaporate in a halo of bliss.

You know what I want now.
This is no ordinary love.
There’s nothing like you and me.

Painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, photographs, videos, performance art and displays of fashion are all invited. The opening night of the exhibition will be a gathering of the tribes, a launch party for the enticing Moist catalogue of accepted works.

Moist casts a look at sensuality, sexuality and eroticism in today’s art, giving free reign to desire.


Ginger Shulick Porcella is an arts administrator and curator whom recently relocated from New York City to San Diego to join the San Diego Art Institute as its Executive Director. Porcella is the founder of Big Deal Arts, and previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, the Managing Director of Flux Factory, and the Director of Grants and Community Development at Staten Island Arts. As an independent curator, Porcella largely focuses on new media projects that expand the dialogue around the intersection of art, architecture, and anthropology. Porcella is an Associate Curator with Artist Pension Trust (APT Global) and has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums across the U.S. including; “LUMEN”, an international video and performance art festival (Founder and Head Curator 2010 and 2011); “Ivory Tower”, a video exhibition concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach 2011; “The Typhoon Continues and So Do You” at Flux Factory; “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths” at NYC Industries for the Blind; the critically-acclaimed “Future/Past” at REVERSE Gallery in NYC; and most recently “Beyond Limits: Postglobal Mediations” at SDAI. Porcella’s exhibitions have been positively reviewed in The New York Times and USA Today, and her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, creem magazine, and Modern Painters. Porcella holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University.


Eligibility and Entries:

Open to all artists worldwide.

All media will be considered.

•Artwork, performance, or installations with special instructions or equipment must be described in full and possibly installed by the artist. Special hardware requirements must be included with the accepted entries.*

•Video work must be formatted so that it repeats automatically and can be played on a NTSC DVD player. We have limited video devices, and you may be required to bring your own monitor, DVD player, computer or projection device.

•Artists are encouraged (but not required) to include a brief statement with their entry explaining the relevance of the work submitted to the Body Language theme


Entry Formats

You can enter up to three (3) images for your $38.00 entry fee* and can enter as many times as you wish

Note images uploaded may be used for a full color catalog, so it is in your best interest to include a press ready hi-res jpeg image (300dpi)

1. Must be at least 1,000 pixels wide, 300dpi
2. Larger than 100kb,
3. Uploaded in .jpg format only.

Video entries:
1. must be no larger than 400mb,
2. uploaded in .mov and .wmv formats only.


*fee includes service costs to provide online entry submission



•Deadline for entry:
Saturday May 10, 2015. by midnight

•Notification Starting:
May 17th, accepted entries will be posted here, and by individual phone calls

•Work delivered to OCCCA: May 21-24 & 28-31st
during business hours noon-5pm

•Install: May 31–June 5

•Opening: Saturday, June 6th, 6-10pm
•2nd Opening: Saturday, July 4th, 6-10pm

•Show runs: June 6 to July 11, 2015

•Pickup: Sunday July 12th, 12-4


Accepted work:

Any delivered work different from accepted entries or deemed unsafe for hanging will be excluded from the exhibition



Accepted work: Hand delivered or shipped to:

117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA 92701. USA


Guidelines for Packing and Shipping & Hand delivery drop off:

*Please read through these links before your pack and ship your artwork

*Packing and Shipping, Artist Blog

*Packing Paintings for Galleries & Shows, By Susan Blackwood
DOC file

Packing/Shipping Specific Types of Artwork
(Canadian Conservation Institute: Making Triwall Containers)
(Golden Paints - Just Paint Issue 11 - transporting acrylic paintings)

  1. Use Reusable packing materials
  2. Do not use packing peanuts
  3. No framed glass, use plexi
  4. Provide packing instructions, to be able to re-pack your work
  5. Please ship work in sturdy, reusable containers.
  6. Make sure to include prepaid shipping label for return (barcoded label purchased at time of your shipment and included inside your shipped box)*

Shipping Basics (UPS site)

FedEx Video Help Center

UPS Mobile App

*It is your responsibilty to have your work prepaid for return shipping, the gallery cannot front any payment towards shipping. Work left over 10 days will become property of the gallery, and may be discarded.

Shipping Documents with Instructions:

Download UPS Shipping Label with Instructions on how to fill out:


Download Commercial Invoice for International Shipping Only:

Any shipping issues contact us:



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

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

Checks to the artists are processed within 30 working days of the close of the show.


Insurance and Liability:

Art sold remains on display until the close of the exhibition.

Although care will be taken in 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.



Artist agrees that display of the work in MOIST is at artist's own risk. OCCCA IS not responsible for any loss or damage arising from, connected with or related to theft, fire, vandalism, negligence, defamation, negligent display, water or flood, natural disasters, or any other occurrence, except that OCCCA IS responsible for its own acts of willful misconduct or gross negligence. 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 committee members or their conduct. OCCCA IS not responsible for the behavior of any guests or members of the public at the exhibition. Artist is responsible for obtaining insurance to cover damage to the works from any cause.



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 unsubscribe button when you receive the first announcement and your email will be automatically deleted.



By submitting works to MOIST, 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.

Any work left at OCCCA after exhibition closing, will be subject to a $10.00 per day storage fee. Any artwork left after 10 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, "Moist" constitutes agreement to the conditions stated in this document.


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