Off Center Call to Artists: 2021

Call to Artists - Off Center

Since the first ceramics were created, like Venus of Dolní Věstonice, before 25,000 BCE and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BCE, people have been fascinated with clay. Today, artists continue to astound us as they push the boundaries of our preconceived ideas of what ceramics represent. From playful pieces disguised as everyday objects, to finely detailed vessels, ceramics delights and surprises us in its evolution. Whether you work in a more traditional style, or prefer completely outlandish creations, we want to showcase your vision and techniques from around the world during this annual show.

Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: May 21, 2021 - July 10th, 2021

Deadline to Enter: April 9th, 2021

Artist Notification: April 16th, 2021

Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: May 2nd, 2021

Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: May 16 & 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Opening Reception: June 19th, 2021, 5-8 p.m.

Pick up unsold work from Blue Line Arts: July 11 & 12th, 10 a.m - 3 p.m

Cash Prizes

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

Juror Info
Magdolene Dykstra

Magdolene Dykstra is a second generation Egyptian-Canadian. After studying both biology and visual arts in undergraduate studies, she received her MFA from Virginia
Commonwealth University. Magdolene has participated in residencies at the Medalta Historic Clay District and the Watershed Center for Arts and Crafts. She has also spoken at NCECA conferences, most recently in a panel on "Disrupting the Canon" at the virtual NCECA 2021.

Magdolene has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, including Research and Creation Grants, Exhibition Assistance Grants, and Arts Abroad Grants.

Recent exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Jane Hartsook Gallery (New York, NY).

She is also the founder of SWAG, a group dedicated to supporting womxn artists in the Niagara region, where she is a passionate artist|educator, teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels.

Magdolene is currently serving as the Visiting Artist in Residence at Concordia University (2020/2021)


  • Open to all artists 18 and older
  • Artwork cannot have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts
  • All artwork must be for sale
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition priorto the closing date
  • Accepted artwork that differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified
  • Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions.
  • Non-member artists receive a 50% commission from all gallery sales
  • Members receive a 60% commission from all gallery sales
  • The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and must include a prepaid label for return of artwork.
  • FedEx or UPS ONLY
  • No USPS
  • Please use blue painters tape to secure wrapping and artwork during shipping-- this ensures we will be able to reuse packing materials for return shipment
  • Two-dimensional artwork must be ready to hang
  • Wire must be installed
  • No sawtooth hangers

Pricing Agreement

Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions. The artist agrees that the price submitted in this form will be the price that the work will be sold for and may not change hereafter.  Please note, Non-members receive a 50% sales commission and current Artist Members receive a 60% sales commission.


The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and should have a prepaid label from FedEx or UPS (No US Mail) for the return of artwork. Please mark the outside of your box with your last name in bold letters also please use blue painters tape when you wrap your artwork inside the box.

Application Requirements

Applicants must apply using the form on the call for entry website:


You must be 18 years or older to apply. There is a $35 fee to submit your work, with up to 3 images. For any additional images, it is $5 per image.

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