“Wide Open Digital 2″ will give digital artists and photographers a chance to showcase work that falls anywhere on the digital spectrum. Whatever style or technique you use, however traditional or avant-garde, we want to see it. We can’t wait to see exciting works ranging from digital painting to cutting-edge generative art that uses computer software algorithms.
All visual artists and photographers worldwide—whether professional, nonprofessional, or student—are eligible to submit their digital artwork for this exhibit. Entrants under age 18 may enter only if a parent or a guardian enters on their behalf. Every discipline, genre, style, and school of thought within digital art and photography is welcome.
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2014
Online Exhibit: July 1, 2014
Physical-Gallery Exhibit: To be announced
All images selected as Wide Open Digital 2 finalists will appear online. Works awarded a Gold Stellar Art Award will be invited to appear in a physical, “brick-and-mortar” gallery exhibit at a later time. We reserve the right to extend entry deadlines and change exhibit dates.
Jurors will review submissions and will choose, for presentation online, all images they find meritorious. These selected works will appear in solo online galleries, each devoted to only one artist or photographer. These solo galleries will display work distinguished by the jurying process and thus will provide artists and photographers a showcase where art curators, patrons, and collectors can view works that have already been “vetted” by art experts.
Online exhibits begin as a “Current Exhibit” and are later archived, during which time all selected images remain in the solo artist galleries, available for viewing and, if the artist or photographer desires, for sale. (Artists and photographers may choose not to offer their images for sale online.)
Plans are already being made to create permanent solo galleries that will showcase all of an artist’s or a photographer’s juried selections from previous Digital Arts: California exhibits. We expect that these permanent galleries will become an important source of “vetted” artwork for art curators, collectors, and patrons.
Works that have been awarded a Gold Stellar Art Award will be eligible for exhibition in a physical gallery setting. Such exhibits will be held periodically and will combine these award winners from various Digital Arts: California online exhibits. How often such physical exhibits are held will depend on the volume of entries to our online exhibits as well as other factors.
Selection of the finalists that will appear online in solo artist/photographer galleries will be made by Virginia Christensen and Glen Christensen. Virginia has enjoyed a long career as an editor and a publisher of photography and art books, and is, herself, an accomplished photographer. Glen has had a distinguished career as Art Director at major record companies in both New York City and Hollywood. Among his professional accolades have been two Grammy nominations for Best Album Package. To learn more about the backgrounds of Virginia and Glen, see the “About” section of this website.
Winners of the Gold Stellar Art Awards and Stellar Art Awards will be chosen by Virginia, Glen, and a distinguished guest juror.
Entry fees are $25 for the first 5 (or fewer) images, and $4 for each additional image. You may pay for up to 14 images using the PayPal “Pay Now” button. If you wish to pay for more than 14 images using PayPal, please contact us via the Contact page of this website for payment instructions.
When using PayPal via the “Pay Now” button below, please type the following into the space below the word “Descriptions” on the PayPal order screen: the exhibit title, your first initial, and your last name. This will enable us to match your payment to your entries.
Payments originating outside the United States must be made via PayPal in U.S. Dollars. Use your own PayPal account, or in some countries, you may use certain credit cards. Click the “Pay Now” button to make payment.
Payments originating within the United States must be made in one of the following three ways:
- Via PayPal, using your own PayPal account. Click the “Pay Now” button to make payment.
- Via PayPal, using one of the following credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Click the “Pay Now” button to make payment.
- By mailing a USPS (United States Postal Service) domestic money order. Purchase a domestic money order at a United States Post Office branch, make the money order payable to “Art and Design Initiative,” and mail it to P.O. Box 9, Murrieta, CA 92564.
Submit jpg files that are 72 dpi, a maximum of 2 MB, and a maximum of about 1,200 pixels on the longest side.
Attach each jpg file to an email (only one jpg file per email, please) with corresponding caption and contact information (see below for required caption and contact information). Use the following email address:
We prefer to receive jpg files by email, but if you wish, you may instead mail us a CD containing all jpg files. Include, on the CD, caption and contact information in an MS Word file. Make sure you identify each caption by the file name of its corresponding jpg image. Mail the CD to:
Art and Design Initiative
PO Box 9
Murrieta, CA 92564
If you are submitting your jpgs on a CD but do not have MS Word available to you, you must submit all your caption and contact information by email. Make sure you identify each caption by the file name of its corresponding jpg. Also, be sure to mention that you are mailing us a CD containing your jpgs. Use the following email address: entry.