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Brand 52: Annual National Juried Exhibition
of Works on Paper
Opening Reception: June 15
Juror: Shana Nys Dambrot
Brand 52 logo in pink and blue with yellow halo in background

The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California announces its 52nd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Cash awards total more than $4,000, including a Juror’s Award. All accepted artworks will be included in a show at Brand’s Gallery and in both printed and online exhibition catalogs. We welcomed artists at any point on their artistic journey—students, professionals, and hobbyists—to apply.


This year we welcome art critic, curator and author Shana Nys Dambrot as our juror. Based in Downtown LA, Dambrot is the Arts Editor for L.A. Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Artillery, and other culture publications. She studied Art History at Vassar College, has curated and juried many exhibitions, writes prolifically for exhibition catalogs and monographic publications, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. As an experienced juror, Dambrot looks initially for artworks that demonstrate skill, innovation, finesse, beauty, power and message. Her goal is for the final selections to produce coherence, conversation and balance across an entire group of high-quality artworks. We anticipate a wonderful Brand 52 under her careful eye. 


The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center is an all-volunteer non-profit that raises funds to support the extensive free and public events offered at Brand including gallery exhibitions, classical and popular music performances, film screenings, dance performances, and activities for people of all ages. Entry fees and commissions from the sale of artworks from Brand 52 will be used to continue the important cultural programming that Brand Library & Art Center brings to the community.


Important Dates for Brand 52:

February 18: Call for Entries Opens

March 31: Deadline for CaFE Submissions (NOTE: the deadline is 11:59 pm Mountain Time) 

April 15–20: Notification of Acceptance

May 22–31: Shipped Artwork must arrive at Brand Library & Art Center between these dates 

June 1: Hand Delivered Artwork Due (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) 

June 15: Exhibition Opening Reception and Announcement of Awards 

August 9: Exhibition Closes

August 10: Pick-up of Hand Delivered Artwork (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

September 7: Shipped Artwork sent out by this date 

No exceptions will be made to any of the above dates. (CaFE) Media Requirements: Before uploading images of artwork to their CaFE profile, artists should review the media preparation instructions provided on the CaFE website. Frames and mats should not be visible in the submitted image(s). 


Important Information For Accepted Artwork: 

Presentation: All artwork must be professionally prepared for hanging and exhibition and all artwork will be handled and hung following professional gallery protocols. Unframed artwork is accepted however artists submitting unframed work assume the inherent risk that the exposed surface may accidentally be damaged during the run of the exhibition. 

Delivery and Return: Accepted artworks must be hand-delivered or shipped to Brand Library & Art Center according to the schedule in this call. Shipped artworks will be returned after the close of the exhibition in the same packaging in which they were received. A prepaid return shipping label (UPS or Fed Ex, not United States Postal Service/USPS) must be included. Additional instructions for shipped artworks will be detailed in acceptance letters. 

Sales: Unless specified not for sale (NFS), all artworks will be offered for sale. If a price is not indicated on the entry form, the piece will be considered NFS. Brand Associates take a 25% commission on sales. Payment to artists will be mailed within three weeks after the close of the exhibition. Prices provided on the entry form are final and may not be changed. 

Catalog: A full-color catalog of the exhibition will be available for purchase and for viewing online. 

Questions? Contact Debra Thompson, Brand 52 Exhibition Chair:

Header image: Victoria Arriola, Faint Murmurings, Site specific installation, panels made from used paper tea bag, thread, silver & gold leaf, twine, suspended over organic material. Winner of the 2023 Juror's Award; Water Makes Many Beds, video.

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