Alphabet Soup: Call to Artists


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Deadline: April 6th, 2024


With support from the California Arts Council, Blue Line Arts is hosting a variety group show of LGBTQIA+ visual artists. Addressing a community-identified need for increased representation, understanding, and inclusion, the exhibitions and an accompanying series of intergenerational arts programs will elevate LGBTQIA+ voices in Placer County and the surrounding region.

This will provide exhibition opportunities for roughly 50 artists and educate the public regarding the broad spectrum of diversity of lived experiences that exists within the LGBTQ community.

During an opening reception for the exhibition, local LGBTQ support organizations will be invited to table in the gallery, raising visibility for local support services and connecting LGBTQ individuals with a broader community.

All elements of the program will be provided free of charge to participants and audiences. Blue Line Arts will provide resources and information about local LGBTQ support services, helplines, and community groups throughout the duration of the show and workshops.


The application for this call is free!


The jury committee for this opportunity will feature two California Artists and Curators: William Ishmael & Nick Maltagliati 


William Ishmael has been an artist for the last 30 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstract works and art installations utilizing latex paint, sand, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his works.  His most recent works are in metals and ceramics.  Most of his work is for private commissions or are held in private collections. Notable achievements include being named Artist of the Year by the Arts and Business Council and having a work in the permanent collection of the City of Sacramento Public Art program.

Nick Maltagliati is a queer, interdisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, mixed media, and installation. He is proud of being mixed race and integrates his ethnicity, sexuality, and mental state into his practice. He is a Bay Area native and has received his BA at San Francisco State University.

Nick is a Root Division studio artist alum and has been represented by The Drawing Room. He currently works for ArtSpan & SF Open Studios.

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Important Dates 

Application deadline: Online applications must be submitted by 5:00pm PST on April 6th, 2024

Show dates: May 25th - July 6th,  2024

Notifications: Results will be sent by 5pm PST on April 20th, 2024

Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: May 1st, 2024

Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: May 19th & 20th from 10am-3pm 

Opening Reception: Saturday June 15th, 2024 from 5pm to 7pm

Pick up any unsold work from Blue Line Arts: July 7th & 8th, 2024 from 10am-3pm 


If you have questions about submissions, please contact Blue Line Arts staff during gallery hours at (916) 783-4117 or at



  • There is no application fee to apply to this call!
  • Open to LGBTQIA+ and Apply artists in the USA!
  • All artwork must be original and completed within the last 5 years.
  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts
  • All wall hung artworks must be ready to hang with appropriate hardware. All frames and canvases must have a wire installed prior to delivery. Gallery wrapped canvases do not require a frame, but must have a mounting wire. 
  • All artwork must be individually for sale
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date
  • Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions. Non-member artists receive a 50% commission from all gallery sales and members receive a 60% commission.
  • The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and should have a prepaid label from FedEx or UPS (No US Mail)  for return of artwork.

Legal Agreement:

CONSIGNMENT The Artist will consign to the Gallery the works described in the attached consignment list for exhibition and sale, on the terms and condition set forth in this agreement. The works will be exhibited to the public and to prospective buyers during ordinary business hours and may be exhibited by special appointment. During the Consignment Term, beginning and ending, as shown above, the Gallery has the exclusive right to have and sell the works consigned to the Gallery.

WEBSITE The Gallery may also exhibit the works and other works accepted for website consignment during the Consignment Term and for any additional time as may be agreed, but is under no obligation to do so. SALES PRICE Gallery will sell the consigned works at the price specified in the consignment list unless the Artist authorizes a lower price, but the Gallery may rely upon verbal authorization from the Artist to sell at a lower price. Artist authorizes Gallery to charge less than the agreed retail price, by giving a 10 percent discount to a professional curator, designer or a regular patron of the Gallery.

COMMISSION The Gallery will be entitled to a commission on sales of works consigned to the Gallery when the sale is agreed during the Consignment Term; on sales of works exhibited on the Gallery’s website when the sale is agreed during the time the work is exhibited on the website; and to a commission on all sales of work, whether or not it is consigned to the Gallery or exhibited on the Gallery’s website, for sales initiated by the Gallery and agreed by the Artist during the Commission Term, beginning and ending as shown above. The commission will be a percentage of the sales price, not including sales tax, as shown above.

PAYMENTS AND TRANSFER The Artist authorizes the Gallery to transfer possession of a work to a buyer upon payment in full of the purchase price, or as may otherwise be agreed by the Gallery and the Artist. The Gallery will credit to itself a portion of any payment for the sale of a work, full or partial, in proportion to its commission, immediately upon receipt of the payment. At the end of a month in which full payment for a work has been received, the Gallery will transfer the Artist’s share of the sales price to the Artist. In the event that the Artist receives funds directly for a sale of a work for on which a commission is owed to the Gallery, the Artist shall pay to the Gallery all funds received for the work to the Gallery until the Gallery’s full commission is paid, and only then may retain any part of the payment price. The Artist grants the Gallery a lien against payments received for a work on which a commissions owed, and any works sold by the Artist, to satisfy the Gallery’s commission. The Artist understands that the Gallery does not maintain separate deposit accounts for the Artist’s funds and the Gallery’s funds.

DELIVERY, PLACEMENT, REMOVAL The Artist will deliver to the Gallery and remove from the Gallery the consigned works at the “beginning” and “ending” of the Consignment Term, during ordinary business hours, or as otherwise may be agreed. The location and placement of the works, and the curatorial design of an exhibition will be left to the sole discretion of the Gallery. With the assistance of the Gallery’s staff, and subject to the Gallery’s right to determine location, placement, and curatorial design, the Artist will install consigned works priced greater than $5,000.00 . The Artist agrees to pick up his/her artwork by the assigned pick up date or else he/she will be charged a fee of $25 for every day the artwork remains in the gallery after the designated pick up date. After 30 days, the artwork will be considered property of Blue Line Arts.

LOSS OR DAMAGE The Artist is solely responsible for loss or damage to a work incurred in transportation, delivery and removal of a work from the Gallery. Both the Artist and the Gallery will maintain insurance for loss or damage to a work while in the Gallery, including loss or damage that may result before and during installation, and during and after un-installation. The Artist’s insurance will be sufficient to cover the fair market value of the work. Under no circumstances will the Gallery be responsible for damage or loss due to moisture, water, sunlight, earthquakes, acts of God, or for damage or loss resulting from war or criminal attacks perpetrated by persons who are not acting as agents of the Gallery. The maximum amount the Gallery may be liable is for the share the Artist would have received if the work had sold during consignment at its fair market value, not to exceed $25,000 per occurrence, as established by prior sales of the Artist’s works.

DEFECTS WARRANTY The Artist warrants that the Consigned Art and other works of art subject to this agreement are free of all defects in materials and workmanship, and when properly installed, shall cause no unreasonable risk to persons or property. The Artist shall notify the Gallery in writing of any installation or safety requirements with respect to each work of art subject to this agreement.

OWNERSHIP AND COPYRIGHT The Artist represents and warrants that the Artist solely created and possesses unencumbered ownership of all consigned works and works to be exhibited on the Gallery’s website, and has an unrestricted right to display and reproduce the works in print and other mediums. The Artist hereby grants the Gallery a license to exhibit, display, and to reproduce images of the works for purposes of sale and publicity in print and other every other medium for dissemination during the Term, and any additional time as may be agreed. The Artist further grants the Gallery a right to reproduce the works in print publications for sale by the Gallery to commemorate the exhibition and other exhibitions, at any time before or after the consignment. All other rights are reserved to the Artist.

INDEMNIFICATION BY ARTIST Artist shall indemnify and hold the Gallery harmless from all claims, damages and losses which arise from the actual or asserted breach by the Artist of the LOSS and DAMAGE, DEFECTS WARRANTY, and OWNERSHIP and COPYRIGHT provisions, above.

INSPECTION OF RECORDS The Artist and the Gallery (or their authorized representatives) shall, upon reasonable notice, have the mutual right to inspect financial records of the other party pertaining to any transaction involving the Artist’s work. IN THE EVENT OF DEATH In the event of the Artist’s death, the executor(s) of the Estate will be bound by the terms of this contract.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the Artist and the Gallery and supersedes all prior negotiations, representations, and agreements whether oral or written. This Agreement may only be amended by written instrument signed by both parties.

GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, and all disputes shall be resolved by a court of competent jurisdiction in Placer County, California.

SHADOW SALE POLICY: If the artwork is sold up to three months after it exhibited at Blue Line Arts and was sold as a direct result of the buyer seeing the piece in that gallery exhibit, the artist must agree to take responsibility to pay Blue Line Arts the referral commission rate of 15% within a reasonable time after the sale.