Call for Entries: Berkeley Art Center Collect! Annual Auction – Due September 19, 2014

by admin on September 7, 2014

Call for Entries: Collect! Annual Auction
Deadline: September 19, 11:59pm
2D and 3D Media | Greater Bay Area | Free to enter
Berkeley Art Center curated Art Auction Collect! will kick off this year with a preview reception on Saturday, October 18 from 5-8pm. The premier event,Collect! will be held the following Saturday, October 25, 5-9 pm.

Collect! is our largest annual event and this year we are trying something new. Not only are we planning a silent auction, we are also creating a stunning exhibition and we want you to be a part of it. At our last Collect! event, over 300 collectors, curators, arts professionals and artists were in attendance. It is a terrific opportunity to showcase your artwork to new audiences and have a great time doing it.

The funds from this event directly support year-round programming, including our Programs for Young Artists at BAC as well as our exhibitions, lectures, workshops and public events.

All artists whose work is accepted into Collect! will receive 2 complementary general admission tickets to the main event. Other guests are welcome to purchase tickets, available for sale at $40. VIP Reception tickets will be $70. Collect! artists also have the chance of recouping 10% of their work’s value if it sells in the auction which will be available at BAC and online.

Berkeley Art Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serves the diverse and creative citizens of this unique regional area, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions and related programs that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring.


There is no specific theme for this call. We are looking for contemporary art work that represents the best and most compelling work being created in the Bay Area right now. We encourage you to submit your strongest work.


Open (only) to artists residing in the greater Bay Area that we define as anyone living or working in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Joaquin, Solano and Sonoma.
All entries must be original and executed within the past 3 years.
Collaborations are accepted.

Entries are accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media. (Film, video and web based projects are not eligible.)
Largest dimension is 40″ on any side
One entry per artist.
Artwork must be wired, pre-assembled, framed where applicable and ready to hang.
Artwork must be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the piece.
Only submissions through youjudgeit will be considered.
Berkeley Art Center reserves the right to use images of accepted artwork for promotional use online and in print for the Auction. The artist retains the copyright for these images.
Berkeley Art Center will NOT accept:

Diptychs, triptychs, giclee reproductions, or unassembled sculpture.
Artwork that has been donated previously.
Non-digital or late submissions.
Submissions from outside the stated geographical area

Entry Deadline: September 19, 2014
Artist Notification: September 24, 2014
Art Drop Off: October 9-11 noon-5pm
Collect! Preview Reception: Saturday, October 18, 5-8 pm
Collect! Auction: Saturday, October 25, 5-9pm

NOTE: If your work is selected to be in Collect! and it sells, you will have the option of asking for 10% of the sale back to cover your expenses or donating the full proceeds to support Berkeley Art Center. You will receive more information about this and other details if you are accepted.

About Collect!

Collect! is the largest fundraiser of the year for Berkeley Art Center. All proceeds from this silent art auction will go directly to supporting artists in the form of exhibitions stipends, professional development support and costs of materials. Funding will also support the Program for Young Artists at BAC that provides free, public art making workshops to artists under 18 years old and their entire families. These workshops are taught by paid artists and arts educators. None of this would be possible without your support.

This year, Collect! will begin with a public preview reception on Saturday, October 18, 5-8pm. This is an opportunity to check out all of the work available. Members at the Donor level and above will even have an opportunity to bid first! Come have a glass of wine and a delicious bite to eat and see how muchCollect! has to offer.

On Saturday, October 25 join us from 5-6pm for a VIP reception featuring beautiful hors d’oeuvres and incredible wine and spirits from some of Berkeley’s finest establishments. This is another great opportunity to get some more bids in before the general party begins at 6pm. At the general party, there will be more food and drink, music and live art-making happening all around you. Berkeley Art Center will be the place to be!

6-9pm General admission: $40
5-6pm VIP Reception:$70

JURORS: To be announced soon.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for this Call for Entry, please “Register” with Youjudgeit and create a free profile. The link to do this is on the upper right portion of the screen. Be sure to fill out ALL of your contact information in your profile. Entries without completed contact information will not be considered. After you complete your profile, you can access your application through the “Dashboard” option. Please upload 1 image and include the requested information. At no point in the application will you be charged a fee.


CLICK HERE to Download a Copy of Prospectus 

Contact Amanda Klimek at with any questions.