The Gualala Salon and Salon des Refusés Exhibit
Opens Saturday, May 15, 2021, 11 am to 7 pm.
Members Preview is set for Friday, May 14, 11 am to 4 pm.
Artists: Deadline to enter is May 3!
Art take-in will be
May 5 and May 6 from noon – 3pm
Pick-up Artwork: 6/21/2021 noon – 3pm
Exhibit Curator: Bruce Jones
The Gualala Salon and Salon des Refusés has earned a reputation as the top judged and juried fine art exhibit on the Mendonoma coast. Organized and curated by the North Coast Artists Guild, the exhibit is held annually at the Gualala Arts Center and will fill three large gallery spaces with over one hundred pieces of fine art. Prestigious artists, art dealers, academics and collectors are recruited to be judges.
The judges decide which artwork will be accepted and shown in the Burnett Gallery. Work not juried into the Salon by the judges is displayed in the Salon des Refusés, located in the Elaine Jacob Foyer and Coleman Hall. Thus, all artwork submitted into the show is exhibited. Which artists have been selected into the Salon is a tightly held secret until opening night.
There is no theme for artwork entered in 2021, but the show’s concept is based on the original Paris Salon des Refusés exhibition, which took place in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon judges. These judges represented the French Academy and were advocates of a traditional, orthodox style of painting and sculpture. In 1863, they rejected almost 3,000 pieces of work, including many now considered masterpieces such as Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe and Whistler’s Symphony in White, No. 1. The resulting furor led Emperor Napoleon Ill to mandate that a second exhibition (dubbed the “Salon des Refusés”) be organized, so that the public might judge the merits of the artwork themselves.
The NCAG Board identifies, recruits and selects the show’s judges. The judges decide which artwork will be accepted and shown in the main Burnett Gallery. All work not juried into the Salon by the judges is displayed in the Salon des Refuses, located in the foyer and Coleman Hall. Works in the Salon des Refuses are eligible for a popular vote award. Thus, all artwork submitted into the show is exhibited.
Many artists save their best new art for this exhibit, which showcases outstanding visual art without regard to type of media. The award prizes are the largest offered on the coast.
The original Salon des Refusés exhibition took place in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon judges. These judges represented the French Academy and were advocates of a traditional, orthodox style of painting and sculpture. In 1863, they rejected almost 3,000 pieces of work, including many now considered masterpieces such as Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe and Whistler’s Symphony in White, No. 1.
The resulting furor led Emperor Napoleon III to mandate that a second exhibition (dubbed the “Salon des Refuses”) be organized, so that the public might judge the merits of the artwork themselves. In the spirit of the original Paris Salon des Refusés, all visitors to the Gualala Salon des Refusés are able to vote for the “People’s Choice” awards. In fact, many artists prefer to be selected as a “refusé” to receive the public’s opinion. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists to stretch themselves and experiment.
Exhibit Statement: The Gualala Salon exhibit will be a juried and judged fine art show and will be shown online and in person. The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase outstanding visual art and artists without regard to the type of media.
- Registration fee: $15 per entry, $20 for Not For Sale entries. Up to two entries allowed per artist. Scholarship(s) available – contact curator. Registration fee waived for artists under 18.
- This show is juried and judged. All work submitted will be juried and judged into the Gualala Salon (accepted work) or the Salon des Refusés (rejected work). Accepted work will be exhibited in the Burnett Gallery and will be eligible for the First [$1000] Second [$750] and Third [$500] Place awards.
- Work not juried into the Salon will be exhibited in the Jacob Foyer as the Salon des Refusés and will be eligible for the People’s Choice Awards of $100, $75, and $50. Additional awards include: a Judges Award of $100 for the best work by an artist under eighteen years of age; a Collage Group Award of $100 for best collage; and a Founders Award of $100 awarded by the three founders of The Salon show.
- For this exhibit, artists are encouraged to use all media. The work submitted should be no more than 2 years old and may not have been exhibited publicly on the Mendonoma coast at any time in past.
- Gualala Arts will retain 30% commission on all sales of entries (and multiples) made during the course of the exhibit. It is Gualala Arts policy to request the artist to submit to Gualala Arts 10% of any future sales generated as a result of the Gualala Salon & Salon des Refusés.
- An “Artist Statement” is not required for this exhibit. If you would like to include an artist statement or biography, please submit it electronically to info@GualalaArts.org and we will make it available on the Gualala Arts website.
- Please ensure all artwork is professionally prepared for hanging or display (no “clip frames”, etc.) and can be displayed with minimum of effort. NO screws or anchor bolts will be used for hanging; if needed, modify your art to be hung by wire & picture hanger. Gualala Arts is not liable for loss of, or damage to, any art work or installation, at any point in the process.
- The Gallery may be available online, please check the box on the registration form if you are willing to sell your work online.