CA OPEN 2018
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The 13th Annual 2018 California Open is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by TAG Gallery, an artist-owned gallery / collective now located at 5458 Wilshire Blvd, near LACMA and the Craft and Folk Arts Museum. TAG features emerging and mid-career artists of Southern California. Previously located at Bergamot Station, our new exhibition space is 5,400 sq. ft., twice the size of our previous gallery space. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older and accepts Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, and Video Work. Accepted work will be exhibited at TAG Gallery from the 8th – 25th of August 2018, and all work will be for sale. 



Kim Abeles is an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and has received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation. 

In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. She is currently working on sculptural suitcases for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains that embeds artists in the Los Angeles County Fire Department to work in collaboration with the paid and inmate workforces. Her work is in public collections including MOCA, LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, California African American Museum, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Abeles’ journals, books, and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.


Exhibit: August 8 - 24, 2018
Reception and Awards Ceremony: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 5 - 8 p.m.


CA Open Prospectus
CA Open Juror: Kim Abeles
How to Apply
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