Gordon Parks, Untitled (Harlem, NY), 1963 © Gordon Parks Foundation

In This Time is a juried exhibition for the Carnegie’s Lobby Galleries that seeks to explore creative responses to the current state of our communities, our nation and our world. Throughout history, artists have confronted, examined and responded to the issues of their moment. Today, the crises that are actively defining this time – from quarantine to climate change, from social justice to economic uncertainty— fundamentally impact our lives. This moment calls out for artists to help us collectively make sense of who and where we are. In This Time we rely on our creative community to explore the issues we confront. Through the arts we have opportunities to connect, heal, share diverse perspectives, and envision possibilities for change. Art can be witness, art can be a call to action, art can invite dialog. Above all, art creates community & nurtures social imagination. In this way the exhibition will support the Carnegie Arts Center’s mission to be the community’s resource for discovering and learning through the arts.

Entry Deadline: Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Dates of Exhibition: October 14, 2020 – January 17, 2021

Media Accepted: Oils and Acrylics, Photography and Digital Media, Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Collage and Mixed Media, Textiles, Ceramics, Sculpture, Decorative Arts

Awards: Grand Prize $400, Two Awards of Merit $100, Four Honorable Mentions $50

Jurors: Stella Beratlis, Modesto Poet Laureate & author of Alkali Sink: Poems, & Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center

Submissions: The complete rules for entering are on the Carnegie’s website at: Works that have previously been exhibited at the Carnegie Arts Center will not be accepted. Entries should be submitted online through the Carnegie website via All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for the first piece, $15 for each additional entry for non-member artists; $15 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry for members of the Carnegie Arts Center. Each artist may enter up to six (6) works. Carnegie Members should use the promo code CAC when paying for entries; for information on becoming a member, visit our website: 

To submit your work: Go to; on the Exhibitions tab, click on Call for Entries. Under the description of In This Time, at the bottom of the page, you will see a link to the Carnegie’s competitions page at where you can set up a profile, pay your fees by credit card, and upload your digital images. Instructions for using Smarter Entry are on their website.  If you cannot use a computer or access the website, you must bring your images on a photo CD or flash drive to the Carnegie office during normal gallery hours (Thursday – Sunday) and staff will assist you in processing your entry. Do not wait until the final day or there may not be time to complete your entries before the deadline!  Image format requirements can be found in detail on the website.

Notification: All artists will be notified by email by regarding the status of their entries on or before September 25, 2020

Delivery/Shipping Deadline: Artists whose entries are accepted must deliver or ship their works to the CAC at 250 N. Broadway, Downtown Turlock, between September 30-October 9, during regular gallery hours. If you are personally delivering the works, we can receive them Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Reception & Presentation of Awards: At this time, we do not plan to host a public reception due to the ongoing concerns about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Award winners will be notified by email and awards will be announced via press release and on our social media pages. Checks for prize money will be mailed.

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