Prospectus 2014




To bring together a selection of the best in recent California printmaking. Merced, home of the newest University of California campus, is located in the geographic center of the state. This is the eighth in a series of annual exhibitions sponsored by the Merced County Arts Council. The exhibition will be held in the Merced Multicultural Art Center, an award winning center with several dedicated exhibition galleries.



Two Best in Show awards will be given, with those artists chosen receiving a solo show in one of the Merced Multicultural Art Center galleries during next years printmaking show. In addition, three Honorable Mentions will be chosen. All artists chosen for entry into the gallery show will have their names featured on our website at –



Open to all printmakers currently residing in California. Work can be in any printmaking media (except photography). Work should be at least 98% printmaking in nature and must have been completed within the past three years.



Entries will be judged by CD (files must be JPEG) and must be received by hand or mailed with a postmark no later than March 10, 2014.

The filename for each JPEG image submitted should be:       Title of piece, Last name, First initial.

Please include check for entry fees made out to Merced County Arts Council.  Also include a S.A.S.E. (self addressed stamped envelope) for return of entry notification letter (notifications will also be sent via email). CD’s will not be returned



Should be rigidly framed, with plastic (no glass), and be ready to hang. The MCAC accepts no liability for work damaged in shipping or due to faulty framing.

Image(s) selected for entry into the gallery show may be hand delivered or shipped. If shipped, the shipped package must contain prepaid labels for return shipping through UPS, FED-EX, or USPS (checks and money orders for the cost of return shipping will not be accepted).

In addition, each work, either hand delivered or shipped, should have the labels provided in the entry form affixed to the back lower left hand corner.

Images chosen for entry into the show may be posted on the California Centered website ( along with the website of the artist with special consideration given to “best in show” and “honorable mention” winners. By submitting images to California Centered: printmaking you are giving permission to the Merced County Arts Council to post your images on the website. Images may also be used to promote that years show in press releases and social media.



$15 for one entry;  $20 for two entries;  $25 for three entries



March 10, 2014 Entry postmark deadline

April 10, 2014 Accepted work delivery deadline

April 19, 2014 Exhibition opens

April 19, 2014 Artists Reception

July 11, 2014 Exhibition closes

July 15, 2014 Work returned or available for pick up (please allow two weeks for shipped work)



Mail entries to:

California Centered / MCAC
645 W. Main Street
Merced CA, 95340-4717


Joey Essig


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