Call For Entries


Dates of the Exhibition: October 6, 2021 through January 23, 2022


Entry Deadline: September 5, 2021 by 5 PM


The story of Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center is one of renewal and renaissance. From the ashes of fire in 2005, a new entity was born in 2011. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we plan a juried exhibition reflecting the significance of the four elements: earth, water, air and fire.

For centuries, these four archetypal elements have been used to explain the nature of all matter. Many ancient cultures—Greece, Egypt, Babylonia, Persia, Japan, Tibet—had similar understandings. These elements each carry unique properties and symbolic meanings. At some level, all may be seen to have a relationship to the concept of rebirth and growth:

  • Earth is the physical matter, the terrestrial world and the changing seasons; this extends to representations of mother nature and fertility.

  • Water is a source of life, and is often associated with the qualities of imagination and intuition; it can also be a purifier and the giver of new life.

  • Air can represent wind and weather, as well as the breath and the spirit in all living things; to start anew we may “breathe life” into something.

  • Fire is the element of passion and energy, but it is also included in myths of purification and rebirth – like the phoenix – where destruction and growth go hand-in-hand.


Artists from throughout California are invited to submit their work for this juried exhibition. Works may be in any medium or style. Celebrate the elements with us through your representational, symbolic or abstract depiction of one or more of the four Elements of Renewal.


See the complete rules and entry information included in the prospectus here.


Hope Werness, Professor Emerita, CSU Stanislaus Art Department, author of The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art and The Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art

Media Accepted

Oils and Acrylics, Photography and Digital Media, Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Collage and Mixed Media, Textiles, Ceramics, Sculpture, Decorative Arts


Grand Prize: $500

Award of Merit (2): $250

Honorable Mention (4): $50


Full Prospectus:

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