Kern County Museum Nut Festival 2014

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Arts Council of Kern
Kern County Nut Festival
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Call to Artists: 2014 Kern County Nut Festival Art Poster


$500 Prize - sponsored by Betty & Milt Younger


Kern County Nut Festival 2014 Art Poster

The Kern County Nut Festival is calling for artists to create artwork for the official 2013 Kern County Nut Festival Art Poster exhibition. All art must be approved by the Visual Arts Committee of the Nut Festival and is expected to be appropriate for a broad public audience. The Committee is looking for works that incorporate an aspect or aspects of the nuts produced in Kern County, which are almonds, pistachios, pecans, and walnuts. Please note - almonds and pistachios are the top crops in Kern. Walnuts are a minor crop. These nuts are grown and harvested almost completely without hand labor. Production is almost completely mechanized. The trees, especially in bloom, are quite beautiful and would be a great subject matter. Also - food produced from nuts like cookies, cakes, etc. is also appropriate for artwork. Please keep in mind - this is a festival poster. Think fun, lively, festive! This is the first year of the festival so to be selected as the first artist will be quite an honor and we plan on informing the media about the winning poster/artist. 


The Festival thanks Betty & Milt Younger for their generous contribution of $500 to First Place, $200 to Second Place, and $100 to Third Place.


Application Deadline: April 30, 2014


Applications are available on the Arts Council Website Click on the "contest" button. There is no charge for artists to apply. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. 



Artists must be California residents. Artwork must be photo-reproducible two-dimensional media, such as drawings, paintings, and photographs. 



The art needs to be gallery wrapped 18 x 24 (or 24 x 18) inches with a 1-1/2 inches depth or framed - no glass please, with wires for hanging. No hooks or saw tooth hangers will be accepted. Please attach artist's name and title to the back of each piece. 


 Do NOT include any words in your artwork. 


 The Kern County Nut Festival logo is not allowed for use in the poster. 


The works of up to 25 finalists will be displayed during the Kern County Nut Festival. All artwork must be gallery wrapped and ready to hang. All artworks will be offered for sale and the Kern County Museum will receive a commission of 50%. 


The works will be judged and the winning piece will be photo-reproduced as the official 2014 art poster to be sold as a limited edition print of 500 to benefit the Kern County Museum. 


 The winning artist will receive $500, byline recognition, and 5 posters. Second Place will receive a cash prize of $200, Third Place will receive $100.


 The finalists' pieces will be hung during the 2014 Nut Festival on June 7th at the Kern County Museum. The festival is expected to draw upwards of 5,000 people and the artworks will be for sale, at a price determined by the artist 


Project Schedule (subject to change)

Deadline - April 30, 2014 

Notifications of Finalists - May 2014 

Delivery of original works to the Arts Council of Kern - week of May 19, 2014 

Visual Arts Committee Meeting #2 (Select Winner) - week of May 19, 2014 

Exhibition - June 7, 2014 


How to Apply 

All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials include: 


Resume, not to exceed three pages, please include name address, email, and phone number. 


 Artist statement about your proposed work, not to exceed 100 words 


 1 image (.jpg) of your proposed artwork, not to exceed 800 kb 


 In the "subject" line of your email application, please type: "Nut Fest Poster Contest" 


 Email applications to: ;- you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, call David Gordon at 661-324-9000. 


Artwork to be Dropped off at:


The Arts Council of Kern Office

1330 Truxtun Ave. Suite B

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Tuesday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM

Please call David Gordon to make an appointment to drop-off outside of business hours.


There is no application fee



For questions please contact: 

David Gordon:



Additional Policies

Selection Process. 

The committee reserves the right to not accept any applications, to not accept any artist and to initiate an alternate selection process. 



The owner of the copyright of the winning artwork, whether that is the artist, or other person or entity to whom copyright is conveyed, unconditionally gives the Kern County Nut Festival 

Committee the right to use a partial or complete facsimile or reproduction of the winning work in perpetuity for the benefit of the Kern County Nut Festival, including, but not limited to its use in posters, postcards, promotional materials, etc. 



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3801 Chester Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 

(661) 868-8400 phone

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