Independent Staff Report
HOLLYWOOD — Artists from throughout the Southland lined up at Barnsdall Park here last Saturday to enter their work in Open Call L.A., a non-juried biennial exhibition open to all artists residing in Southern California.
The line stretched from the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on the park grounds and around the park as artists patiently waited to pay their $20 per piece entry fee.
Organizers expected more than 2,000 artists would enter the exhibit, which has only five cash prizes: a $1,000 best in show prize, a $150 honorable mention prize and three $50 youth art awards.
Sponsored by the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Municipal Art Gallery, Open Call L.A. began in 1950 as the All City Outdoor Art Festival.
Artists may enter up to three pieces in painting, works on paper, mixed media, video, sculpture and youth art.
The entries will be on display in the Municipal Art Gallery beginning Sunday through April 12. An opening reception will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Jurors for the contest will be Betty Ann Brown, a professor of art history at Cal State Northridge; artists Jan Davids, who won the Open Call Best in Show prize in 2011; artists F. Scott Hess; Sarah Russin, executive director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; John O’Brien, artist, curator and curatorial coordinator of the Stuart Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens; and Keri Rosebraugh, an art instructor at the