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Carnegie looking for artists for upcoming exhibit
carnegie seeks artists
The Carnegie Arts Center is seeking contemporary artists who have been inspired or influenced by the arts of Asia, like this woodblock print, Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, by Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Carnegie Arts Center is looking for artists inspired by the art of Asia for an upcoming exhibit this fall.

"Pacific Currents" is a juried, all media exhibition that seeks to explore the variety of ways contemporary artists have been inspired or influenced by the arts of Asia. From the adoption of Japanese ceramic techniques in 17th century porcelain to the wild enthusiasm shown by Impressionist painters for Japanese woodblock prints, Western artists have long been influenced by Eastern styles and aesthetics. Contemporary artists continue to absorb these influences and are inspired by the arts of China, Japan, and other Asian cultures in a wide variety of ways. The juried show will be presented in conjunction with "Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection," which will be on view at the Carnegie Arts Center in the fall of 2017.

Artists from throughout northern and central California are invited to submit work that is influenced or inspired by experiences with Asian art or culture. This can be in use of technique or aesthetic, and can be reflected in subject matter or style.

Complete rules for entering can be found on the Carnegie’s website at  Entries will be accepted online through the Carnegie website via All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 17.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 for the first entry, $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.

The media forms accepted for the exhibit are: Oils and Acrylics, Photography and Digital Media, Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Collage and Mixed Media, Textiles, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts.

The grand prize winner for the exhibit will receive $500. Four awards of merit of $125 each and four honorable mentions of $50 each, also will be given out.

The deciding jurors will be Carnegie Arts Center Director Lisa McDermott and Modesto Junior College Professor of Art Rob Stevenson.

The exhibit will be in the Lobby Gallery from Oct. 18 to Jan. 21, 2018.