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College Artists: Art of Painting in the 21st Century





The Art of Painting Conference and Exhibition is near, on March 8 – 9, 2019! This two-day conference was conceived to give a vast expanse of artists an opportunity to foster conversation about contemporary painting. This stands as the unifying principle of our conference and exhibition. Furthermore, the diverse wealth of artwork will provide fresh insights into a classic, yet ever-evolving medium.

Many prestigious artists and critics have participated in past conferences, including Philip Pearlstein, Enrique Chagoya, Deborah Oropollo, Guy Diehl and Peter Selz have participated in past conferences. This year’s renowned presenters include Amer Kobaslija, Dean Fisher, Dorian Allworthy, Glenn Brill & Tom Colcord.

All college students that were enrolled in school in 2018 can apply, from any California colleges or universities. The artwork needs to be delivered or shipped to the gallery by March 1st. If accepted, you and a guest can attend the two-day conference at no cost. Please confirm via email that you will attend. There will be a Purchase Award for Best in Show and a second and third award.

Include in the confirmation email:

Your name and the school you attend

2-3 sentences about you and your work

Information about the painting (title, year, medium, dimensions, and retail price). You will receive 50% of the retail price upon sale.

Each Painting must be wired on the back and ready to hang. We accept paintings on canvas, wood, and/or board. No works on paper are accepted.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to your response and hope that you will help keep painting alive and well in the 21st century.

John Natsoulas Gallery

521 First St.

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 756-3938


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Consilience of Art & Science





Pence Gallery and UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Juried Exhibition The Consilience of Art & Science 2018

Exhibition Dates:  Jan. 26-Mar. 2, 2018 at Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616  www.pencegallery.org

The goals of the exhibition are to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves. Creative work that transcends pure scientific illustration to explore the conceptual realm where art and science both reside is strongly encouraged.



ELIGIBILITY AND MEDIA: This exhibit is open to all artists and scientists, regardless of residence, who wish to exhibit original 2D and 3D work in any medium, related to the intersection between art and science. This includes photography, drawing, textiles, painting, sculpture, video, and mixed media. Dimension restriction is at the discretion of the jurors.



All submissions should be online at www.pencegallery.org.  A vital part of the submission is the artist’s statement (not to exceed 150 words), which should clearly explain how the work relates to the connection between art and science. The statement may be displayed with the accepted work. Work must be available for the whole run of the exhibit; no substitutions are accepted.

APPLY ONLINE:  Visit the Pence’s website www.pencegallery.org, click on Call to Artists, and apply directly on our site by 5 PM, Dec. 15th. No hand-delivered applications will be accepted.


DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK:  Accepted work may be hand-delivered or shipped and insured by the artist to the Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616. Expenses for insurance and shipping to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist.


ENTRY FEES: $35/40 non-Pence members (non-refundable) entry fee via credit card, check, or PayPal for up to three works of art. Fees will be used for expenses and awards related to the exhibition.


MERIT AWARDS: Cash awards will be given out at the discretion of the jurors, and include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.


JURORS: Jiayi Young is an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Her inquiries lie within the field of digital media with an emphasis on the cross-disciplinary areas of design that integrates art and science with cutting edge technology. Her current research and creative work are focused on constructing data-driven sensor-enabled interfaces, installations, real-time projection graphics, participatory performances, and immersive environments in cultural and public places with a goal of engaging the public in social dialogue. Using multidisciplinary approaches, her work examines contemporary society including the culture of consumption, the programming and exploitation of the feminine, cultural assimilation, and personal identity. Jiayi Young has published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including Ars Electronica, the International Symposium of Electronic Art; the Leonardo Electronic Almanac; Hall of Science, New York; the United Nation’s Fourth Conference on Women, Beijing; the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; and Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne.


Helen Donis-Keller, Ph.D. is the Michael E. Moody Professor of Biology and Art at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She received an MFA in Studio Art from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University. Her teaching as well as her artwork, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally, integrate the fields of biology and art.


LOCATION: The Pence is a nonprofit art gallery, established in 1975, whose mission is to educate and inspire the community by exhibiting high caliber art by local and regional artists. The Consilience exhibit is a biannual display featuring innovative science-infused work, and will be displayed in the Pence’s Main Gallery space, measuring 1000 sq. ft., with 12’ ceilings, lit by a dramatic glass tower.



December 15                                                      Entry deadline online by 5 PM, PST.

December 28                                                      Notification via email of acceptance

January 19-20                                                      Drop Off, 11:30 AM-4 PM; Deadline for shipping

January 26-Mar. 2                                    Exhibit dates

February 9                                                      Reception from 6-9 PM (Awards at 8 PM)

March 3-4                                                      Pick up work, 12 – 4:30 PM

SALES: Sales are encouraged. The Pence Gallery will retain a 50% commission on work in the exhibit that is sold. Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance into the show.

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Solo Exhibition of Simon Dvorak




Gallery 1855 thrilled to exhibit the works of Simon Dvorak. Simon Dvorak’s realist work depicts the places, artifacts, and history of the American culture and heritage.  Mr. Dvorak is particularly interested in the way the American history of road travel has shaped the landscape as well as the visual remnants of that history. Simon Dvorak studied at U.C. Davis graduating in 2000 from the Art Studio program.  He now lives in Davis, CA with his family. Works can be found at https://www.etsy.com/people/dvorak2?ref=hdr_user_menu

The Art of Painting in the 21st Century Conference





The Art of Painting in the 21st Century is an annual conference, in
its seventh year, and is geared towards nurturing dialog on
contemporary painting and the shared ideas that define current trends
in the field. Many painters work alone, an isolated process that
deprives the artist of thriving debate until the work is shown. This
year’s conference will feature the world renowned painters Richard C.
Whitten,Mark Van Proyen, Chester Arnold, Melissa Chandon and Richard
In an intimate setting, interact with top artists in a way not
possible elsewhere. UC Davis, home to artist Roy de Forest, Roland
Peterson, Wayne Thiebaud, and Robert Arneson, was instrumental in
defining a new direction for a uniquely West Coast style. Nowhere else
in the country will the participant be able to interact and discuss
the purity of painting in one place. Meet face-to-face with
distinguished artists you might only read about; see and hear what
makes them the top of their field. No other conference lets the
participants discuss and comment on modern painting with such inspired
knowledge and insight.
The conference’s goal is to gather artists from varying communities,
allowing for open interaction between young students and professionals
in the field, fostering the strong tradition of painting and culture
in the Northern California region.

Schedule of Events
10:00 am Technical workshop by Chester Arnold.
1:00 pm Lecture by Richard Hull
2:15 pm Lecture by Richard Whitten
3:30 pm Panel discussion featuring Melissa Chandon and critic Mark Van Proyen.
7:00pm Artist Reception and Gala

8th Annual Jazz and Beat Festival





Saturday, October 16, 1pm - 10pm, experience the live collaboration of jazz painters and musicians live on two stages at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First Street, Davis, CA. Friday, October 17, 6:30pm - 10pm, special guest, Beat poet Michael McClure performing and Poetry Contest Winners reading their work! This event is the premier collaborative conference in the region.

The Beat Goes on! Saturday, October 17, 1pm-10pm, experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisations set to the rhythm of live jazz. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances by well-known jazz musicians, jazz painters, and poets. Combining visual art and music, two live sites will feature jazz musicians and painters, working at a rapid pace, to simultaneously create improvisational artworks -- a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience. Featured musicians include Trance Mission and Nadal.

Beat poet Michael McClure will perform Friday evening accompanied on the keyboard by Tony Passarell, followed by the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest winners reading their work. 

Poetry Contest Guidelines

We are looking for poems that reflect upon or honor the spirit of “Beat,” whatever that means to you. Typically, Beat-influenced poems are anti-authoritarian, rhapsodic, ecstatic, jazzy, etc. Send a maximum of three poems, not to exceed six total pages. Entries must be the original work of the contestant. Entries will not be returned. Please provide a page with your name, phone number, address and email. Submit the 
information page with your entry to:

Dr. Andy Jones, Beat Generation and Beyond Poetry Editor 
(Winners must attend the (free) conference on October 16, 2015, to read and have the opportunity for their work to be published.)

What others are saying about the Jazz Festival: 
“I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.” 
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash

“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.” 
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

For more information, go to http://www.natsoulas.com, or contact Nancy Resler, art@natsoulas.com.

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