Call To Artists

The 24th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival is soliciting original artwork for its art show.

The full Call to Artists and Entry form can be downloaded here.

Art will be displayed as part of the Festival – November 5-7, 2021 – at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, California.

There are 2 divisions — Fine Arts (oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, etc.) and Photography.

Two subject categories will be displayed in each division:
1) Sandhill Cranes
2) Other California wildlife and their natural habitats.

Judging and Awards
Fine Art and Photography will be judged separately by invited judges, and winners announced at Friday’s reception. Artist attendance at this reception is strongly encouraged. Visitors to the exhibit will vote for their favorite during the show for one “People’s Choice Award” (announced Sunday) in each Division. Cash prizes will range from $25 to $100.

2016 Festival Artwork RICH TURNER

Show inclusion will be determined from digital images. Please submit one image per entry; for 3-dimensional works or for certain 2-dimensional works where detail is essential, two digital images per entry will be accepted.

Digital images must be submitted by either emailing a TIFF or JPEG file (300 DPI preferred), to or by mailing a CD-R with the digital images to Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show P.O. Box 1616 Lodi, CA 95241.

Entry deadline is Tuesday, October , 2021. An entry form with payment must be completed and submitted with your digital images (email) or CD-R mailed to P.O. Box 1616 Lodi, CA 95241. Entry fee must be mailed with your entry form.

There is a non-refundable fee of $10 for each entry; each artist may enter up to 4 TOTAL pieces and will donate 30% of any art sales to the Sandhill Crane Festival.

The Sandhill Crane Festival Art Committee retains discretion as to what constitutes suitable or appropriate artwork to be included in the show. Artists will be notified by October 19, 2021 if their art is accepted. All artwork and photographs submitted will be considered for the 2022 Sandhill Crane Festival promotional, publicity, and/or website display art. Recognition will be given to the artist.

There are no age restrictions. All artwork must be original and the property of the artist submitting the work. No substitutes of accepted artwork will be allowed.

Any 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art media are accepted, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photographs, pencil, pen & ink, and charcoal drawings, prints, mixed media, sculpture, and ceramics. No limited-edition prints, airbrush, crafts, or computer-generated or computer-manipulated artwork will be considered. Camera add-on lenses, filters, and scopes are permitted.

Photographs must be taken in California to be consistent with the theme of California wildlife and their natural habitats.

Two-dimensional artwork must be suitably framed, wired, and ready to hang, and may not exceed 48” in width or 36” height, including frame. NO unfinished canvas edges, protruding nails, staples or saw-tooth hangers. Use braided wire and flat brackets to attach wire. Tape wire ends. Diptychs, triptychs, etc. must be connected, wired and ready to hang. Any artwork not ready to hang as specified will NOT be accepted for show. Three-dimensional pieces must have a firmly attached base and may not exceed 50 pounds. If the artwork requires any special hanging hardware, stands, or display directions, they must be included with the artwork and artist may be called upon to assist.

Each artwork must have a label securely attached to the back or bottom with the artist’s name, address, phone number, title of work, medium, and price (or NFS).

Utmost care will be taken in the handling and security of your artwork. By participating, you agree to hold harmless the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association Board of Directors and associates, the Lodi Arts Commission, and Hutchins Street Square for any damage that may result from your participation. Insurance is the responsibility of each artist.

Accepted artwork should be delivered to the Cottage Room of Hutchins Street Square either Thursday, November 4th, from 3 to 7 PM or Friday, November 5th, from 8 to 10 AM. Artwork must be delivered ready to hang, with the appropriate hangers on the back of the frame and labeled.

Artwork must be picked up at the end of the Festival on Sunday, November 7th, between 4 and 5 PM. If the artist is not able to pick up unsold art on Sunday between 4 and 5 PM, arrangements may be made in advance. Any shipped art must be prepaid with a self-addressed label included for return. Artwork left after one month becomes the property of SCF.

Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show
P.O. Box 1616
Lodi, CA 95241

The full Call to Artists and Entry form can be downloaded here.

Just the entry form can be downloaded here.

Information and an entry form can be requested by contacting or calling the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival at 800-581-6150.

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