Art of the No
Diablo Valley College Art Gallery
Attn: Arthur King Rm A103
321 Golf Club Rd. Pleasant Hill Ca 94523

Entry Deadline: 7/22/13
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

Entry Fee (Diablo Valley College: Art of the No): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $5.00

The Art of No!
National Juried Exhibition
Diablo Valley College Art Gallery
321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Exhibition Dates:
September 3 through October 1, 2013
Opening Reception September 5,
time TBA

Exhibition Statement
“I am writing a manifesto and there's nothing I want, and yet I'm saying certain things, and in principle I am against manifestos, as I am against principles. I am against action; for continuous contradiction, for affirmation too, I am neither for nor against and I do not explain because I hate common sense.” --Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto, 1918.

There is a lot of pressure towards Yes. Think positive, close the deal, say yes to the dress, don¹t make a fuss. Yes is obliging. It acquiesces, accommodates, conciliates. No is difficult, thorny, combative. It is also completely necessary. True choice does not exist without the ability to decline. Yes does not exist in a vacuum, it needs at least the authentic potential of No to be valid.

“The Art of No!” celebrates the long history and current renaissance of No in art. In a sense, the entirety of avant-garde art is about negativity, contradicting what came before. The idea of No in art really coalesced with the Dadaists during WWI, when nihilism seemed the only sane choice in a world turned upside down by the trauma of war. Throughout the 20th century, No has recurred again and again in art, in feminist, anti-war, social justice, and worker’s rights contexts.

This exhibition shows how powerful and, in the end, positive No can be through collecting art of diverse media, perspectives, and means that explores No in a variety of ways. “The Art of No” highlights the benefits of negativity. The exhibition does not advocate for any one political or social position or issue, but instead examines artists who have chosen for various reasons to exercise their right of refusal.

Juror Kristen Koblik, Diablo Valley College Professor of Art History

Diablo Valley College is one of the largest community colleges in California with approximately 20,000 students, locating approximately 25 miles east of San Francisco in Contra Costa County. DVC ranks consistently as one of the most successful transfer institutions in California and also offers a wide range of highly respected occupational programs leading to certificates or degrees. The faculty is known for its intellectual vitality and deep commitment to the success of its students. For more information:

The Art Department provides opportunity for students to explore and refine artistic expression and craftsmanship. The Art Department offers instruction in Studio Art (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture), Art History, and Digital Media. Our programs emphasize the preparation of students to transfer to four-year institutions, the fulfillment of college-wide general education requirements,
providing opportunities for economic and workplace development, and life-long learning for overall enrichment of student lives through art.

DVC Art Gallery, opened in 1975 offers 1000 square feet of exhibition space and has exhibited numerous artists including Peter Voulkos, Deborah Butterfield, Roy DeForest, Mel Ramos, Manuel Neri, and Richard Shaw.

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing in the United States.
Entry process: Entry process is entirely through the web- based service Café, including uploading jpeg images and paying the entry fee. Entry deadline: July 22, 2013.

Entry fee: $30 per artist minimum of three works. $5 is added per each additional work. (Maximum 6 works).

Submission requirements:
Selected works must be framed or otherwise prepared and ready to hang.
No size limits but work must be installation ready.
All media accepted, including digital media
File size conforming to recommended guidelines on CaFE

Shipping: Accepted works should be either hand delivered or shipped by UPS to Diablo Valley College Art Gallery Storage (Room A103), 321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Shipped works must be prepaid for return shipment, and must arrive by August 23, 2013. Shipped works will be returned after the exhibition in the same cartons in which they were received. Hand Delivery will be accepted from August 19 through August 23 during arranged hours.
DVC Art Gallery reserves the right to reject works that do not correspond to the selected images.

Liability: While the artwork is in the possession of DVC Art Gallery, insurance coverage is provided. If you wish to have additional liability insurance during transportation, you must provide this by yourself. DVC Art Gallery is not responsible for damage of work improperly framed or packaged, nor for work kept beyond
exhibition contract dates.

Sales: Unless specified “NFS,” all works will be offered for sale. If the price is not indicated, the piece will be considered NFS. The commission to the DVC Art Gallery is 30%. Payment to artists will be mailed after the close of the show.

July 22: Call closes on Café
July 23: Notification of jury results
August 23: deadline of shipped works by UPS
August 19-23: Acceptance of hand-delivered works to the Art Gallery, hours TBA
September 3-October 1: Art of NO show period. Gallery hours Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm
Friday 11am-3pm (subject to change)
September 5 (Thursday): Opening reception, hours TBA
October 2-4: Pick up of works after de-install, hours TBA
DVC Art Gallery will not be responsible for any works not picked up on the specified day or not accompanied by a prepaid shipping label.

Arthur King Diablo Valley College Art Department 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 925 969-2245

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