In 2016, the Oakland Museum of California presented an award-winning exhibition called Altered State: Cannabis in California. In the same year, the people of California voted to end prohibition of the recreational use of cannabis. As we enter a new era of cannabis in California, what will this mean for the people of Mendocino County? Are the taboos surrounding the role of cannabis in Mendocino County’s economy and everyday life truly ready to fall away? What is gained by legalization? What is lost? Most of all, what opportunities now exist to begin more open conversations about cannabis and its place in our lives as Mendocino County residents? And what if we invite these conversations to occur through the lens of art?
The Arts Council of Mendocino County invites Mendocino County artists to submit work for inclusion in an exhibit dedicated to this conversation. Work may be submitted in any media, and may include participatory projects that invite viewers to respond or provide immediate feedback. Inspired by the Oakland Museum exhibit, we too will offer a Cannabis Confessional – a booth where you can anonymously share your personal experiences with cannabis.
Work that is documentary in nature, work that calls stereotypes into question, and work that invites viewers to question their assumptions and provide feedback is particularly welcome.
The goal of this exhibit is to use art to begin talking with each other about the role of cannabis in Mendocino life, in all its diversity, and during this time of transition. Exhibit space is limited, and works to be included will be selected based on available space as well as their capacity to contribute to a rich and nuanced conversation.
To learn more about how to contribute work for consideration, please review the entry instructions below. Work may be exhibited anonymously at the request of the artist. Donations in support of the ACMC’s exhibition program are welcome. Simply click “Join ACMC” above and scroll down to “Donate.”
Deadline for entries: May 1, 2017
Opening Reception: June 2, 2017 5-8 pm
Dates of Exhibit: June 2-30, 2017
Growing: Art, Life, and Cannabis in Mendocino County
Coming in June 2017
Deadline for Entries: May 1, 2017
Submissions may be made by email or USPS:
By the entry deadline of May 1, 2017, please email or mail up to five (5) jpgs of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly number or name the image files.
For each image file, please provide the following information:
- Image file number or name ex.: Smith1.jpg
- Title of work In The Woods
- Media pen & ink
- Dimensions of work 18 x 20 in
In your email or entry packet, please also provide your name, phone number, email address, any special installation considerations related to your work, and town of residence. (We ask that all participating artists reside in Mendocino County.)
If you are mailing documentation of your work, please send it to:
Arts Council of Mendocino County
309 East Perkins Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Please include a SASE if you would like your media to be returned to you. Please do not send original artwork.
Exhibition space is limited. Work will be selected based on its capacity to contribute to a rich and nuanced conversation.
If your work is selected for exhibition, you will be notified by May 15, 2017 with delivery instructions for artwork and a consignment form/exhibition agreement to fill out indicating, among other things, whether you would like to exhibit anonymously. Please be advised that 2D work will need to be framed and ready to hang. If you have any questions, please call Alyssum Wier, ACMC ED, at 707 463 2727.