(Thousand Oaks, Calif.) – The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is seeking entries for its third annual competitive juried art exhibition. Regional, national and international artists are invited to submit original works in a variety of mediums that reflect the theme, “Defining Beauty.” Defining Beauty is intentionally vague, as conflicting objectives might be collected under its banner. Submissions are open to both established and emerging artists.

The deadline to apply is March 12, 2020.

Jurors for the exhibition include the professors from the Art Departments of California Lutheran University, California State University Channel Islands, Moorpark College, and Ventura College. Artists residing in the Conejo Valley region qualify for a reduced entry rate of $15 (Coupon Code: CVRA).

Defining Beauty will take place in the Museum’s main gallery with the selected featured artist displaying multiple works to represent the scope of their artistic practice. Selected contributing artists will have the opportunity to display at least three works each.

Featured Artist award is $1,000 and Contributing Artists will receive $500 each.

To complement the exhibition, CMATO will create an online catalogue, including essays on the artists and their works. The exhibition will also be presented on CMATO’s website. The exhibition will go on view May 8-August 23, 2020. CMATO’s Open Call program was established in 2017 to provide an avenue for artists to reach new audiences through the support of a curated museum exhibition.

“As the featured artist in a three-person exhibition, I had the wonderful opportunity for my work to be prominently displayed at CMATO. Beyond the exhibition, the museum invited me to give an artist’s talk, featured me on their website and had a wonderful piece written on my work by a writer who regularly contributes to Art in America. This opportunity has no doubt led to other museum exhibition opportunities, artist talks and acquisitions,” said Rebecca Rutstein, CMATO’s 2017 featured artist.

Eligibility Requirements

• Open to artists worldwide

• Artists must be 18 years old or older

• Artists may be at any stage of their career

• All mediums are accepted, including video and installation

• All entries must represent original works of art

Entry Fees:

• $35 (USD), limit three samples; Conejo Valley residents, $15 (USD)

• All fees are non-refundable

Submission Requirements: Applications can be submitted online via:

VIP Opening Reception August 23, 2020: Exhibition Concludes

For more information regarding eligibility and specifications, visit

ABOUT The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a cultural institution dedicated to engaging, educating and uplifting the human spirit through the palette of art. Established in 2008, the museum showcases established and emerging contemporary artists, with a unique focus on participatory art. As part of its mission to connect people to creativity, ideas and to each other, CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, guest artist lectures and educational programs that foster discussion, participation and an appreciation for the visual arts. To learn more or to become a museum member, visit


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