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Submissions Open For “Avian: Birds in a Changing World” Juried Exhibit

OAKHURST — Avian: Birds in a Changing World, is a natural blend of the missions of two California non-profit organizations based in the Sierra Foothills surrounding Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Audubon focuses on birds and their habitats, conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, and on educating and inspiring others to help protect them. Sierra Art Trails is dedicated to promoting artists and artisans, art education, and cultural tourism.

UPDATE, Oct. 16, 2017: Due to technical problems with the website over the weekend, organizers are offering a three day extension for AVIAN, birds in a Changing World.

“We know that many of you tried to apply on Saturday and Sunday, and were unable to complete the application and/or access the site,” says Jon Bock. “The deadline for applications is now Wednesday, Oct. 18 at midnight. To all of you who applied on time, thank you very much for your understanding and your submissions. The entries we have received look great! This is our final extension. Apply online here.

Philosophy and Approach

Submissions for “Avian: Birds in a Changing World” must focus on birds and their environment. It is important to note that while the exhibit takes place in the California Central Sierra region, submissions may address bird species and their environments worldwide, not just particular to our area.

Works may or may not include beautiful depictions of birds. Both representational and nonrepresentational works may be submitted. Works addressing issues critical to our times are encouraged. For example: hunting, domestication, pollution, climate change or other causes of bird endangerment.

It might be helpful to approach environmental concerns through images of birds that give us both hope and concern, for example; birds that are healthy and free in their natural habitat, birds struggling in a compromised habitat, or birds adapting to new niches as their environment changes. Works inspired by bird science such as anatomy, migration, habitat, feeding, mating and nesting habits, will also be considered. Let this exhibit challenge how you see birds in your life.


$2,000 in cash awards will be announced at the opening reception at Gallery 5 in Oakhurst, Calif.

Submission Guidelines

The exhibit is open to artists living in North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

The exhibit is open to visual artists and artisans working in all media including but not limited to: oil & acrylic painting, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, textile art, glass, jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture. No film, video, interactive media or performance. Original works only; no giclée prints or other reproductions.

Entry is through Online Juried Shows

Call to Entry Begins – Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Submission deadline – EXTENDED to Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Approval notification – Wednesday, Oct. 25
Art receiving dates – Thursday, Nov. 16 – Thurs. Nov. 30
Show opening date – Wednesday, Dec. 6
Reception date – Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Show closing date – Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Art pick up dates- Monday, Jan. 15 – Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Yosemite Area Audubon

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon California, covering Mariposa and Eastern Madera Counties. The Audubon mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. We are dedicated to the preservation of natural habitats and native species, and to educating and inspiring others to help protect those resource values.

About Sierra Art Trails

Sierra Art Trails is dedicated to supporting working artists and artisans by promoting their work,
fostering art education in the area, and establishing a reputation for the region as an arts destination. Each year, the organization produces the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour, as well as other unique art exhibits and events. Sierra Art Trails also presents annual awards to artists and art organizations, raises funds for school art programs and public arts, and offers a unique student sponsorship program.

About the Gallery

Gallery 5 is located at Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row in Oakhurst, California, just south of Yosemite National Park. The gallery is dedicated to offering unique rotating exhibits, workshops and events that promote the arts in the area. Gallery 5 is sponsored by “Visit Yosemite Madera County.”


If you are interested in helping us by sponsoring this exhibit, please call or email and we will provide additional information.

Gallery 5, 40982 Highway 41, Suite 5, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: 559-683-5551
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