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Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
Southbay Festival of the Arts 2018 Juried Show


The TOCA 2018 Fine Arts Juried Show recognizes the best in original mixed media arts. 80 artworks will be selected from the prestigious field of artist entries to be included in an exhibition at the 23 June 2018 Southbay Festival of the Arts.
Nationally recognized artist and Awards Judge Otto Sturcke will select the top 4 artworks to receive the TOCA 2018 Best of Show, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

The exhibition is open to all representational artists worldwide in any two-dimensional Media, excluding photography.
Entry Application Deadline: April 28, 2018
Entry Application, Artwork Submission and Fees must be completed on

This exhibition is designed to expose the South Bay and surrounding communities to the rich diversity of the arts and their contribution to our culture. The TOCA 2018 Juried Show will celebrate the artists who capture this beauty in their creative process. It also provides emerging and established artists the opportunity to be recognized for their work and for the public to purchase excellent examples of original art. The exhibition is part of the 2018 TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts. The festival draws an attendance of over 2,500 and features the performing arts on 4 stages, children art demonstrations, food, craft beer, and art displays. All proceeds benefit the mission of the non-profit Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. The juried exhibition will be held in the Ken Miller Center at the Torrance Cultural Center and will be followed by an Awards Reception.

Date: Saturday 23 June 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ken Miller Center
Torrance Cultural Art Center
3300 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, California



4 artists will receive the TOCA Fine Art Award, unlimited rights to the use of the TOCA award logo, see their art featured on the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Website, and in 3 Armstrong Performing Art Programs.

  • TOCA Best of Show  
  • TOCA Gold Award       
  • TOCA Silver Award  
  • TOCA Bronze Award

The public and artists are invited to attend the Awards Reception to recognize the artists and awards presentation following the show from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.



Awards Judge Stürcke is a nationally recognized artist. He has garnered recognition and several awards for his work including the title of Master Pastelist and the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award by the Pastel Society of America, the Robert & Patricia Suggs Award by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the “Best of 2012” by Art Los Angeles Magazine, and has also been chosen to be part of the American Latino Collective at the Smithsonian Museum.  His work has been published in the French publication “40 Maitres du Pastel” (40 Masters of Pastel) by Pratique des Arts Magazine, “The Art of Chalk” by Tracy Lee Stum, and as “Artist of Note” by Southwest Art Magazine.

The Drifter
Otto Stürcke was born in 1971 and grew up in Southern California.  Primarily self-taught, Stürcke joined the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of attaining financial aid to attend an art college.  His plans were momentarily altered in 1991 when he was called to serve in Desert Storm.  Soon after his military service, Stürcke enrolled in art workshops and courses at several local art associations and colleges while launching his illustration career under the mentorship of Mike Butkus.  Working as an illustrator served Stürcke for honing many techniques and found pastels to be his principal medium of choice. 
As a representational artist, Stürcke seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical. Greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, Stürcke aims to depict the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.

This is a juried exhibition. Artists may submit up to a maximum of 6 digital images of their works to for the jury selection process. The entry fee is $40 for the first two images and $15 for each additional image. Entry fees are non - refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. ACCEPTANCE IN THE EXHIBITION IS NOT GUARANTEED.

April 28, 2018   ENTRY DEADLINE

May 1, 2018      JURY SESSION  

Artist’s work selected for the Exhibition will be notified by email no later than 16 May 2018. Artist’s will have until 16 June to frame and prepare their artwork for hanging and submission at 16 June 2018 Exhibition Artwork Turn-in Day.

Hand-deliver your juror - accepted and ready - to - hang painting(s) between10:00 AM to 2:00 PM:

Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503 

* Out-of-town exhibition artwork that cannot be delivered in person on the designated date and time can be shipped.
Shipments MUST arrive the no latter than 18 June and received no later than 21 June to be accepted for exhibition. Artists will be responsible for the cost of crating, handling, and shipping artwork to and from the exhibition.

Please ship artwork to:        

Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3350 Civic Center Drive
Torrance CA 90503
Attn: Scott Villalval & Daniel Ashcraft

TOCA 2018 Fine Arts Awards
June 23, 2018  EXHIBITION 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
June 23, 2018  EXHIBITION AWARDS RECEPTION 4:00 PM – 5:00  PM

Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3350 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

June 23, 2018  ARTWORK PICK UP
Artists are responsible to arrange to pick up of their artwork at the Ken Miller Center between 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM following the Awards Reception.

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Entering your images:
• Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List artwork size up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right - side - up.
• Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB , but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:
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  • All artwork must be original, created by the named artist and not created under an instructor’s supervision and not exhibited in any previous TOCA juried show.
  • SIZE RESTRICTIONS: Work must not exceed 36” in height and 36” in width; weight may not exceed 30 lb.
  • Artist agrees to permit TOCA to reproduce the accepted artwork for TOCA publicity and documentation purposes.
  • For tips on how to best photograph and submit images, click on the active link back to “Image Help” under

Juried Exhibition Art Hanging Instructions 
Juried art selected for the exhibition must comply with the following hanging instructions:

  • Only wall-hung artwork will be accepted.
  • All Exhibition Art must be delivered to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center with an printed label attached to the back of the artwork specifying:

Artist Name:
Painting Title:
Art Medium:
Painting Size:
Sales price:

In addition, the artist’s name must be printed clearly on the back of the painting, stretcher bar or frame so the artwork can be identified in the event the label is inadvertently detached.

Each painting is required to be delivered to the show framed and ready to hang, including hanging wire. Be sure that the highest part of the hanging wire is at least 1 - 1/2 inch from the top of the frame so that the hanging hardware will be hidden from view behind the frame. Wiring must be in good condition and substantial enough for the weight of the artwork. No saw - tooth hangers.

  • Submitted work should be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal).
  •  All artwork should be framed or canvas edges should be painted if no frame.
  • Works on paper must be framed and under glass (Museum or Anti - Reflective Glass is preferred) or Plexiglas.
  • Revenue from Sales: Revenue from sales will be distributed as follows – 80% to the artist, 20 % to TOCA to benefit local mission projects and its programs. Artists are encouraged to offer their art for purchase. However, artwork may be listed as NFS (Not For Sale), but no “price on request.”
  • Delivered work must match the image juried. No substitutions of accepted works will be allowed.
  • All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit (If a buyer needs to take the painting home sooner, the artist should provide a suitable replacement).
  • Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance.
  • Each piece of artwork must be original. No photographs or prints will be accepted.

Artwork will be handled with the utmost care, and TOCA will make every reasonable effort to keep all submitted artwork safe. However, Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork. TOCA and its representatives are not   responsible for loss, theft or damage of your artwork while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those artworks sold during the exhibition. Submission of the online entry form and fee, along with a signed waiver form for accepted art works at the take-in, shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.  

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