Off Center 2022


Since the first ceramics were created before 25,000 BCE, people have been fascinated with clay. Northern California has a rich history of talented ceramic artists, from Robert Arneson to Manuel Neri. Off Center is Blue Line Arts’ annual competition highlighting this dynamic medium, featuring work from both established names and emerging talent from across the country.

Guest Juror: Rachel Gotlieb, Ruth Rippon Curator of Ceramics at the Crocker Art Museum

Important Dates
Deadline to enter: May 20, 2022
Exhibition Dates: July 22 – September 17, 2022
Artist Notification: June 17, 2022
Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: July 1, 2022
Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: July 17 and 18, from 10am – 3pm
Opening Reception: August 20, 2022 from 4 – 8pm

Pick up unsold work from Blue Line Arts: September 18 or 19, from 10am – 3pm

Juried Prizes:

1st: $500
2nd: $300
3rd: $100


  • Open to artists everywhere!
  • All artwork must be original and completed within the last two years
  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts
  • All 2-D works must be ready to hang
  • All artwork must be for sale
  • Accepted artwork that differs significantly from image in online submission will be disqualified
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date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.
  • Size limitations
    • Art must be able to enter through the doors with a clearance of 94”h x 91”w
    • Ceilings in the gallery are 10 feet high
    • Nothing over 60 lbs will be accepted
  • All artwork images must be renamed in the following format:
    • LastNameFirstName_ArtworkTitle
  • 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.


There is a non-refundable entry fee for Off Center of $35; there is a $5/image fee for every additional image upload.

Application Requirements: Applicants must apply using the form on the Blue Line Arts website, You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Questions: If you have any questions about submissions, please contact Blue Line Arts staff during open hours at (916) 783-4117 or email

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