Michael H. Yee Invitational

2nd Annual International Juried Art Competition

July 12 to September 7, 2018

in collaboration with:


This exhibition is devoted to the discovery and promotion of artists in the Southern California region and beyond.



May 1, 2018                  Application Deadline

May 14, 2018                Notification

July 12, 2018                 Opening Reception

Sept 7, 2018                  Exhibition Concludes

July 12, 2018                 Opening Reception

Sept 7, 2018                  Exhibition Concludes

 The theme for our 2nd Annual International Juried Art Invitational is POWER. Artists should approach this theme in a critical way in relation to their own perspective on what's powerful today (social, political, philosophical...). The artistic contributions can take any form of expression as long as they provide a persuasive point of view.

CMATO invites artists to submit works that considers Power in various contexts. Traditional and unconventional interpretations of  Power  are encouraged.  

The goal of the Open Call program is to provide an avenue for artists to reach new audiences through the support of a curated museum exhibition. Collaborating with the Art Department Chairs from California Lutheran University, California State Channel Islands, Moorpark College, and Ventura College (jurors for the exhibition), it is envisioned that the region's unique aesthetic taste or point of view will emerge.

The exhibition will focus on three to five artists and will display at least 3 works each. To complement the exhibition, CMATO will create an online catalogue, including essays on the artist and their works. The exhibition will also be presented on CMATO's website.


Here's last year's Open Call Exhibition

Open Call:  Landscapes


About Michael H. Yee

Michael Yee helped found the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO).  Mike was a mixed media artist who dreamed of providing the Conejo Valley region a world-class art museum. Unfortunately, he was taken away from us too soon. To honor his vision as a museum founder and artist, we dedicate this and all future open calls to him. We will never forget you Mike! 

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  • Open to artists  worldwide
  • Artists must be 18 years old or older
  • In any stage of their career
  • All mediums are accepted, including video and installation
  •  All entries must be original works of art. 


  • Featured Artist: $1,000 (USD)
  • Contributing Artists: $500 (USD)


  • $45 (USD)  Limit 3 Samples
  • All fees are non-refundable





Born in Newark, New Jersey, Bob Moskowitz moved with his family to the Bronx where he lived through kindergarten until they moved to Philadelphia, where he lived for 22 years.  He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Westchester University and later a four-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  There he won a Franklin Watkins Grant and a Scheidt European Scholarship.  In 1977, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to attend graduate school atWashington University where he met his wife, artist Margie Moskowitz.  He earned an M.F.A. in Painting in 1979 and taught in St. Louis and Illinois until moving to California to teach art at Ventura College.  Bob divides his time between Southern California and Maine.

Bob has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and has done over 200 commissioned portraits.  His work has always been figurative and has changed stylistically over the years.


Originally hailing from the suburban outback of Orange County, California, Luke Matjas joined the CSUCI Art Program after teaching at UCSB and the College of Creative Studies, as well as museums across the region. He completed his BA at UC San Diego studying both film and new media, and later received an MFA from UCSB while investigating digital media and installation. As a part of the CSUCI’s Art Program, his areas of focus cover all aspects of visual studies, digital filmmaking, typography, and design. 

In 1999 Matjas founded Muscroy Design Labs, whose commercial clients have included CBS Television’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Realcomm, Colliers International, and numerous organizations and public institutions. Far from working solely as a digital designer, Matjas’ work regularly incorporates sculpture, drawing, exhibition design, and film production. With a manufactured and often manu-"fractured" gaze, his ongoing research examines order that has come undone, crumpling taxonomies, and historical power struggles that exist on a geological scale. His diverse projects have been included in festivals, journals, group shows, and solo exhibitions in both the United States and abroad, from Los Angeles to Umea, Sweden.


Timothy C. Hengst is a professor in the Multimedia Program and the Department Chair of the Art Department.

After receiving his graduate degree in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he illustrated for Dr. Denton Colley at the Texas Heart Institute and served as Director of Photography and Audiovisual Communications. He joined the faculty in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins and served as production manager in the graphics and illustration division and assistant professor in the graduate program.

He began a freelance business in 1986 offering services in all areas of biomedical communications. He has illustrated more than 50 medical textbooks and has won numerous national awards in medical illustration, including three Best Illustrated Medical Text awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators in 2013. He has also worked as consultant for a commercial multimedia firm.

In addition to medical illustration, he produces digital fine art using original photography and Adobe Photoshop. He has exhibited in numerous regional art shows.

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Erika Lizée was raised among the lakes and trees of Northern Wisconsin.  She traveled to North Carolina to earn her BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville in 1999. Following a cross-country move to California, she received her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge, in 2007.  In 2008, she was hired as full-time faculty at Moorpark College where she is currently a Professor of Art, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery.  Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific installations, paintings and drawings.  Most recently, Ms. Lizée built installations within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), ArtShare LA, Launch LA and Gallery 825.  Lizée’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.  She resides in West Hills, California, with her husband and two young children.