FLUX Submission Rules and Guidelines

Submissions due by Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 

Selected artists will be informed by Friday, May 7, 2021.

Open Call for Youth Art Submissions

Arts and Culture El Dorado invites youth, ages 14 – 19, to submit artworks to the FLUX Youth Arts Open Call. This virtual exhibition will focus on the challenges faced by youth in the time of COVID-19. We want to know how you have been thinking, feeling, and taking care of yourself during this time of physical isolation.  

Artistic submissions should directly reflect personal responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic through narrative, experiences, perspectives, stories and feelings that address the times. What have you lost and gained in this moment? What is it like to stare down adulthood in 2021 and beyond? What do you see clearly that you feel older generations do not?   

Artworks may be submitted in any medium including visual arts, written arts, music, dance, mixed media, sculpture, installation and performance. Sculptures and installations may be submitted in the form of photography, while performance art may be submitted in the form of video. 

To Submit an Artwork:

  • You must be 14 – 19 years of age 
  • You must be a resident of El Dorado County 
  • Your artwork must directly respond to the societal changes and challenges of the past year 
  • Your work must be submitted in full via this submission form by 11:59pm on Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Submission Guidelines:

  • Installation art can be entered in the form of a video or photographic documentation. 
  • All work will be submitted via an online submission form which can be found here.
  • Students are NOT required to have signed up for a FLUX Workshop to submit artwork.
  • All entries must be original artworks.
  • Any media of any size may be entered but only one still image of the work will be used.
  • Works deemed "inappropriate" for public display by Arts and Culture El Dorado may not be exhibited.
  • Videos and time-based media have a recommended length of 3 minutes or less. Video entries that exceed 3 minutes may not be viewed in their entirety.  Original music is strongly recommended due to copyright laws. 
  • Video entries must be posted online (Vimeo or YouTube are recommended) and a URL must be provided in the "Link to Artwork" during the online submission process.
  • Song entries should be submitted in video format.

File Type/Size Rules:

  • All works must be submitted via our online form located here.
  • Artworks must be hosted on a separate file sharing site (Drop Box, Google Drive etc).
  • Videos must be uploaded on YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Still images should be jpeg file format.
  • Written entries should be PDF file format.
  • Photographs should not exceed 5 mb, nor be smaller than 1 mb. However you will not be disqualified if you go over file size. Images smaller than 1 mb will likely not display properly.

FLUX Youth Arts is created as a SAFE space for all participants and viewers. Therefore, FLUX maintains the right to determine which works of art best uphold the values of safety and respect for this exhibit. Any subject matter that is hateful, items, symbols, or themes that may represent racism, prejudice, profanity, or of a violent or lewd nature are not appropriate for this exhibit. 

Liability and Terms of Agreement:

  • The student/parent must release photographic rights to Arts and Culture El Dorado at time of entry for purposes of display. This includes the right of the Exhibition to post student artwork on its website.
  • All students will read and acknowledge understanding of the Artwork Permission Request/Release by checking a box during the online entry process. Students under 18 years of age should obtain parental permission before entering artwork.
  • The exhibition cannot be held responsible for plagiarism in student artwork.

Helpful Tips

Tips for video recording:

Basics to keep in mind while recording:

  • Stand in front of a neutral background, if possible. Try to avoid wearing clothing in similar colors to the background.
  • Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.
  • Make sure you are visible and audible in the video.
  • Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.
  • Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.

Photography Tips for Artwork:

  • Place the artwork in front of a blank (preferably neutral) background. A blank wall works well, but you can also hang up a solid colored bed sheet to achieve this as well.
  • Make sure the artwork is flush to the wall, or that you can get as level/square with the piece as possible.
  • Try and fill as much of the picture with the image - step backwards or forwards as needed to get the picture.
  • If using a cell phone, tap the screen where your artwork is to focus it.
  • Try to use natural lighting to get the best color quality - position your artwork near a window. To get soft lighting, hang a thin sheet or curtains over the window.
  • The sun doesn’t have to be your only source of light. You can use everyday items like flashlights, aluminum foil, even white paper or poster
    board to redirect light onto your subject - this is useful for 3D works of art to ensure we can see all the wonderful details.
  • For more tips, click here.

For any questions or accessibility needs, please contact marya@artsandcultureeldorado.org