CALL FOR WORK: The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council is excited to partner with the NEA Big Read to present “People are Like Plants" a group art exhibition that supports the themes of Hope Jahren’s memoir Lab Girl and the shared curiosity, humility and passion that drives both scientists and artists.  Her pioneering research focuses on the connections between living and fossilized plants and their ability to help us track changes in our global environment. Jahren explains: “A cactus doesn’t live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn’t killed it yet.” This sentiment particularly resonates with life in the Morongo Basin. We are looking for artwork related to science, nature and conservation that reflects the survival instinct and resilience that we see in ourselves and our desert ecology today.

On view: September 5 – September 30. This exhibition will be online and installed at JTAG. The gallery will be open by appointment.  If COVID-19 restrictions change regular gallery hours will commence.

Interested in submitting work?  Please email Aimee Buyea gallery-director@mbcac.org with images and dimensions of the work by August  22nd. Artists can submit up to four (4) works for selection. Please understand space is limited and our goal is to achieve a strong and cohesive presentation so not all work submitted will be selected.

Guidelines:
1.    Artists will need to provide high quality images of the selected work, (JPEG, TIFF or PNG. RGB format.) This will be used for the online exhibition.
2.    This exhibit will be online and also installed at JTAG for by appointment viewing and viewing in the windows. The Gallery Director will schedule a one on one appointment for drop off and pick up of the work.  The Artist assumes responsibility for delivery and pickup.
3.    All work must be ready to hang.  We have several 12” x 12” pedestals to display small 3-D work.
4.    Artworks will be installed and displayed within the prerogatives of the Gallery Director.
5.    Work can be for sale. MBCAC will process sales and will receive a 15% commission.
6.    The art and artists’ information will be promoted on the JTAG website and social media. Artists are also encouraged to promote their work and the show on their own social media channels as well since it helps us all reach a maximum audience.

General Exhibition Requests:
The fee is $1200 for the month, this can be divided amongst artists participating in the exhibition.  JTAG receives a 15% commission on sales. You do not have to be a member of the MBCAC. This space is autonomous with the artists taking the lead on organizing the exhibition with assistance from the Gallery Director. JTAG is currently available December 2020,  January 2021 and February 2021.

Please send us an exhibition proposal to jtag@mbcac.org that includes: your name, phone number, e-mail, brief bio, website, dates requested and up to 6 JPEGS that are representative of your work.