Entry Deadline  – June 1, 2017

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Axis Gallery is pleased to have Mat Gleason as juror for the 12th National Juried Exhibition.

Eligibility & Media
  • Open to artists residing in the U.S.
  • Contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any medium including painting, prints, drawings, photography and digital images. (Sorry, no video)
  • 2D work should not exceed a framed size of 48” in the longest dimension.
  • 3D work is limited to 36” and not more than 60 lbs.
  • All work must be original (no reproductions), produced within the last two years and not previously shown at Axis Gallery.
About the Juror

Founder of the highly controversial Coagula Art Journal, Mat Gleason is an internationally recognized art critic and curator of contemporary art. Coagula, his brainchild, was the pioneer of institutional critique aimed at the myriad centers of power in the art world. The success of the publication was based on its irresistible skewering of fine art sacred cows. As David Bowie himself raved in a 1999 review of the Coagula anthology “Most Art Sucks”, the magazine… “is cruel, insensitive, unfair and thoroughly readable from cover to cover.”

Beneath the palpable “attitude” of Coagula, though, was a core passion for art and the commentary of Gleason became a sought-after “go-to” for many artist publications, catalogues and documentaries. His on-screen presence adds weight in artist biographical films such as “Mr. Bitchin'” (2010) and “One Man Band” (2013), where he passionately advocates for the greatness of artists Robert Williams and Llyn Foulkes, respectively.

But Gleason is most known for his aversion to established orthodoxies and his fearlessness in voicing an informed opinion. In the Ovation TV series “Art Or Not?” (2007) he trashed popular fine art superstar Sheppard Fairey in a memorable verbal laceration; in the Bobby Sheehan-directed “Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven” (2009), Gleason emerges as the lone voice bent on removing the emperor’s clothes and critiquing the lack of substance in the artist’s work and Koons’ well-manicured persona.

Gleason’s sharp analytical tongue and ability to articulate aesthetics served him well in analyzing and critiquing competitive body painting in the Ru Paul-hosted “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint”, the television series where he sat as one of the regular judges in its lone season on network television. He has lost count of the number of exhibitions he has curated and while blogging, writing about art and continuing to publish a milder print version of his magazine, operates Coagula Curatorial, his gallery of contemporary art on Chung King Road in L.A.’s Chinatown. A southern California native who hates all of the Bay Area’s sports teams, especially the A’s, he lives with his wife (artist Leigh Salgado) and dog (Aybar) near the city of Vernon, just south of Downtown L.A.


Cash awards and a printed exhibition catalogue..

Submission Requirements

Please submit JPEG files and prepare your images according to the CaFÉ guidelines.

Entry Fee

$35 for three images, additional entries $10.00 each, limit 6.

  • June 1, 8:00PM PST: Entry due
  • June 26: Notification of acceptance by email, and on the café site
  • July 24–28: Shipped work to arrive
  • July 28–30, 12–5 pm: Hand delivery to Axis Gallery
  • August 4: Exhibition Opens
  • August 12: Second Saturday Reception, 6–9 pm
  • August 27: Exhibition Closes
  • Shipped work returned at close of exhibition.
  • Aug 27 from 5–6 pm or Aug 28 from 10:00 am–4 pm, hand-delivered work pickup
  • Sales are encouraged. The gallery will retain 40% commission on any work sold.
  • Price of work should include commission to gallery.
Insurance & Liability
  • Work will be insured at Axis Gallery but not in transit.
  • The gallery will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
  • Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes and featured in an exhibition catalogue.

Shipping instructions will be emailed following the jury process.


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About the Space

Axis Gallery is an artist-run space that has been in operation for over 30 years, with a national reputation for bringing contemporary and challenging exhibitions to Sacramento. The gallery is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the selection and presentation of works of art.