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Galleries take entries for annual showcase of local artists
Brian Swander Eclipse Market oil
Entries are now being accepted for the Central California Art Showcase. Last years showcase Best of Show winner was the painting Eclipse Market by Modesto artist Brian Swander. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto are accepting entries for consideration to be included in the Central California Art Showcase.

The juried exhibition, now in its fourth year, is a unique collaboration between the region’s two premier visual arts galleries celebrating regional artistic excellence. 

“We think this creates an exciting opportunity for all Central California artists,” said Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott. “The main goal of this collaboration is to highlight the importance of the arts across our entire region.”


“By sharing this exhibition between our two venues, we attract more artists to two galleries in Downtown Modesto and Downtown Turlock”, says Marianne Ward, chair of the Mistlin Gallery’s exhibition committee. “Each year we see new artists entering their work and being successful.”


Entries are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Works in all forms of media will be considered and artists can submit up to eight entries. Artists living in all regions of Central California are eligible to enter; this includes all counties from Fresno to Sonoma. There is a $20 fee per work. Members of either the Carnegie Arts Center or the Central California Art Association will receive a discount on their entry fee.

The Showcase will be awarding $3,500 in prize money and is being judged by Cheryl Barnett, sculptor; Dean Dallin, painter & pastel artist; and G. Dan Mitchell photographer.

Each gallery will be displaying works from the exhibit from April 4 to June 2. Upon acceptance by the judges, artists will be notified of the display location of their accepted work(s).

Entries should be submitted through; a link to the exhibit submissions page is available on either gallery’s website. All materials and payment will be handled on line. Entry materials will not be accepted by mail. Artists with questions or problems using the website should contact the Carnegie office, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, or call (209) 632-5761 for assistance. Complete rules and entry information can be found on the website of the  Carnegie Arts Center.