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Carnegie asks youth to create ‘My California’
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The 10th anniversary of Carnegie’s reopening youth banner program was such a success the art center is now asking young artists to help promote its California themed exhibition season (Photo contributed).

Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center is seeking youth artwork to help promote its 11th exhibition season this September, with shows that celebrate California in some way. 

The annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibition is on view from Aug. 9-Oct. 1; Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land runs from Sept. 13 – Dec. 30; and California Dreaming, a juried exhibition, will be open from Oct. 7 – Jan. 21.

To help kick off a new year full of fun and creativity, the CAC is seeking artwork created by youth ages 4-18 on theme of “My California” – highlighting something they love about the Golden State.

“Because Turlock is really the heart of our state, we thought an art display in our Downtown would be a great way to show what makes California special. The response to our banner contest last year was so great, we decided to open up this fun opportunity again,” said CAC Director Lisa McDermott.

A committee will select at least 10 winners whose artwork will be printed on two or more street banners that will be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Turlock this fall. Artwork will be judged for creativity, response to the theme, and technique or skill (relative to age). The banner contest is sponsored by Robic Refrigeration and the Turlock Downtown Property 

“Your designs can be realistic or abstract, and made with any drawing or painting medium. Just be sure it makes us think about California, and that it is bold enough to get attention from people walking and driving through Downtown,” said McDermott.

Artwork must be in a vertical format on paper that is 14 x 8 ½” (legal size). The CAC will supply paper to any young artist who needs the correct size.

Artists should deliver their original artwork with a completed entry form to the CAC at 250 N. Broadway in Turlock. Download an entry form from the website ( or pick one up in person at the CAC. Entries will be received through Sept. 3. The Carnegie is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“All of the original entries for the banner contest will be kept and included in the annual Ready, Set, Show! Youth Art Exhibition in June 2023. We want to share with everyone all the creative ideas that our committee got to see,” said McDermott.

For more info, call the CAC (209) 632-5761, x104

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