Pacific Art League



Submissions deadline: June 8, 2017 (Closed)

Distinct among artistic media, printmaking presents the artist, viewer and broader society with a most medium specific poetics. This July, the Pacific Art League will mount an exhibition of contemporary prints by artists working in relief, intaglio, planographic, and stencil processes. 

Awards judge: Alice Wu, Art Sales Manager at Kala Art Institute

Opening reception: First Friday, July 7th, 2017 from 5:30-8pm
Selection Notification: June 15th, 2017
Artwork delivery: June 23rd & 24th, 2017
Artwork pick-up: July 24th to 28th, 2017

Submissions deadline: July 6, 2017

The art world is increasingly inhabited by new media and technologies that expand and change the artist's toolkit. In August, the Pacific Art League gallery will present artworks that challenge boundaries between science, technology and art. Artworks of any medium are welcome, with an emphasis on new media, film, interactive, and/or digital imagery.

Award Judge: Susanne Forchheimer, Research and Engagement Program Manager at Institute for the Future. Susanne works closely with David Evan Harris and her focus lays on bridging the ongoing research at IFTF with the public and city of Palo Alto, to support IFTF’s network. She is involved in activities, events, and exhibits taking place in the Future Gallery at IFTF as well as visiting off sites to collaborate and build relationships with future-inspired artists, activists and researchers. Besides her work in public engagement she also helps manage projects, demos and events related to IFTF's Emerging Media Lab. Her responsibilities range from project development and progress tracking to marketing strategies and event coordination. Susanne is interested in big data storytelling, and the connection and relationship between art and technology.

Opening Reception: August 4th from 5:30-8PM
Selection Notification Date: July 13th
Artwork Delivery: July 24th to 28th
Artwork Pick up: August 24th & 25th

mDAC is COMING BACK to PAL! The 3-day weekend kicks off on Friday, August 11, 2017 with the Grand Opening of our Annual Mobile Digital Art Exhibition, displaying the work of over 100 mobile digital artists and mobile creative photographers. The Grand Opening is followed by a two-day Summit with a packed program of workshops, seminars and masterclasses attracting artists and educators from across the country.
mDAC will be shown in the Main Gallery and Corridor Gallery

September 8-28 | Anniversary Exhibition
Submissions deadline: August 24, 2017

From its earliest days, the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto has been an essential community gathering place to view, contemplate and practice the arts. PAL embraces the full spectrum of artistic media and strives to offer unique, high-quality educational programs to a diverse audience. In its 96th year, we take the opportunity to honor our accomplishments and celebrate past and present impact in the community. This exhibition seeks to present the work of over 100 artists, to give full treatment to the blossoming artistic production that regenerates our organization with each exhibition and each semester.

The Pacific Art League is a living community, recreated every day in classes with renowned instructors, in monthly exhibitions developing artistic careers, and in the annual fundraising initiatives that keep PAL thriving. Our work begins, flourishes, and continues through artists. Our exhibitions, classes and workshops harbor the novice branching into new realms of self-development. Our gallery cultivates relationships with collectors with an ear to the ground in the Bay Area art world. Exhibiting artists in this show join a community of fellow artists to support the mission of the Pacific Art League: to advance the expression, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts.

Opening Reception: September 8th
Submission Deadline: August 24th
Selection Notification Date: All applicants accepted!
Drop off: August 24th & 25th
Pick up: September 29th & 30th

October 6-26 | Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape
Submissions deadline: September 7, 2017

In the month of October, the Pacific Art League gallery will be displaying a variety of artists who showcase a high sensibility of how to connect with their surroundings. Whether the content depicts urban, sea, or landscape, show us how you see the world. The gallery invites submissions that demonstrate developing and mature stylistic approaches to the perennial question of visual fidelity.

Award Judge: Lynne Todaro Bay Area Artist

Opening Reception: October 6th
Submission Deadline: September 7th
Selection Notification Date: September 14th
Drop off: September 29th & 30th
Pick up: October 27th & 28th

November 3-23 | Photography Exhibition
Submissions deadline: October 5, 2017

This November Pacific Art League will be presenting a collection of works dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts. Welcoming photographers of all levels, we want to see how you create alluring images reflecting the fragments of life. Whether it be abstract or representational, nature or urban, timeworn or new, personal or ordinary. The gallery invites all photographic processes in color or BW.

Award Judge: TBD

Opening Reception: November 3rd
Submission Deadline: October 5th
Selection Notification Date: October 12th
Drop off: October 27th & 28th
Pick up: November 27th & 28th

December 1-22 | Holiday Art Market
Submissions deadline: November 2, 2017

Take part in PAL’s Holiday Art Market! To apply, submit works priced between $25 and $500. All fine art media including ceramics and glass are encouraged to apply. Artists who are selected will be on display and may be asked to bring in additional work as pieces sell. PAL will be open on select weekends and extended holiday hours!

Award Judge: TBD

Opening Reception: December 1st
Submission Deadline: November 2nd
Selection Notification Date: November 9th
Drop off: Monday to Wednesday, November 27th to 28th
Pick up: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 2nd & 3rd

Questions? Contact PAL Gallery Manager, Devan John, at