Landscapes are culture before they are nature, constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and rock.
— Simon Schama Landscape and Memory

32 Degrees Latitude

Inaugural Juried Art Exhibition

June 15 - August 5, 2017

International Deadline to submit: May 1, 2017

This exhibition is devoted to the discovery and promotion of artists in the Conejo Valley region and beyond.


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

The museum is using its 32 degrees N.latitude location to signify its physical starting place for the inception of what is hoped to be an annual summer exhibition.

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 artists and will display up to five 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.


CMATO is a participatory museum  where visitor engagement is paramount and collaboration is key.  It's a place where people connect and experiences are shared. 


  • 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 represent original works of art. 
  •  Works submitted must be created within the last three years.


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


  • $35 (USD)  Limit 5 Images
  • All fees are non-refundable


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Erika Lizée is a Los Angeles-based artist that creates site-specific installations, as well as drawings and paintings.  Most recently, Ms. Lizée built an installation within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  She will be exhibiting new installations in the High Priestess show at ArtShare LA in March, and in a solo show at Gallery 825 in October.  Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.  Ms. Lizée is the Chair of the Digital, Media and Visual Arts Department at Moorpark College, and the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery.


Bob Moskowitz earned his 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. He earned is M.F.A. in  Painting at Washington University where he met his wife, artist Margie Moskowitz.  He taught in St. Louis and Illinois until moving to California to teach at Ventura College where he is the art department chair.  Bob currently 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.

Luke Matjas , ss an expatriate of Orange County’s suburban outback, Luke has some expertise when it comes to colonized space and constructed narratives.  Hearkening back to the willful chaos of early curiosity cabinets, his work investigates the ways in which natural and unnatural histories have again become intertwined and entangled.  The formats Luke employs alternate between immense room-sized digital prints, site-specific installations, and intimate drawings. The large digital prints, in particular, employ a unique process which painstakingly integrates traditional graphite drawings with thousands of overlaid digital vector drawings. The resulting effect exists somewhere between Hieronymus Bosch and contemporary skateboard graphics.

Luke’s work has been featured in a wide range of venues, including exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2013), the UC Davis Design Museum (2012), and the Crocker Art Museum (2011). His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Ventura County Museum of Art and History.  He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at California State University Channel Islands.


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

After receiving his graduate degree in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he illustrated for Dr. Denton Cooley 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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$35 (USD) Entry Fee - Limit 5 Images

 Pay online on our support page. In the note section, please write  "Open Call."

Please email images ( preferably 300 dpi jpegs ) to

Please write your full name in the Subject Line of the email.

Please include these details in the body of your email with submission.

  • Bio
  • Short statement describing your submission's interpretation of Landscape
  • Exhibition Checklist - Title of Artwork, Medium, Dimensions: (frame dimensions MUST be included),Insurance Value
  • Please Include on EACH image of work: name, title, and number of image.

(example: Smith_Jane_title_1.jpg) and so on, depending on how many images you are submitting.

Submitting video, motion  or interactive entries

All video, motion or interactive submissions must be in form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work ( such as Vimeo or via a Dropbox link ) The work should be shown online in it’s full length.

Shipping to and from the museum  is the full responsibility of the artist. It is highly recommended to insure your work in transit. If you are shipping your work from other states or overseas, please make special note of the Calendar above to make sure your work will arrive on time.


May 1, 2017      Application Deadline

May 15, 2017   Notification

June 15, 2017   Opening Reception

August 5, 2017  Exhibition Concludes