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California Lutheran University
TRAC2019 Invitational Art Show

TRAC2019 Art Competition Prospectus

TRAC2019 The Representational Art Conference
Mar. 31–Apr. 4, 2019 | Ventura, California

The Representational Art Conference 2019 – TRAC2019, is the premier international art conference focused on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st Century, presented by the California Lutheran University Arts Initiative. This year we will explore the relationship between imagination and representation. Artists and speakers include Roger Dean, Cheech Marin, Corinna Wagner, Joseph Bravo, Regina Jacobson, Michael Pearce, Michael Zakian, F. Scott Hess, and Virgil Elliott.

In the spirit of the conference, we are seeking images for an exhibition that will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel (450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA.) Competition winners will receive an invitation to participate in the exhibition as well as the prizes listed below.

(Each prize level applies to each round of competitions. The names of each prize do not correspond with any requirements needed to win the award).

The Cadmium Award

  • $200
    TRAC Invitational Art Show – Invitation to the participate
    Entry into the Grand Prize judging

The Alizarin Award

  • $125

The Cerulean Award

  • $75

Grand Prize (chosen from winners of 6 rounds)

  • Full TRAC2019 Pass
    Four nights stay at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach for TRAC2019, March 31–April 4

Entering Your Images

You can enter your images online at Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: On the Online Juried Shows home page, look for the TRAC2019 link and follow the instructions. Be advised, you will need to sign-up for a free account prior to uploading your images. All payments need to be made prior to the cut-off date to avoid image deletion. Submission deadline is Midnight PDT, Sept. 30, 2018. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 949-287-8645.


Entrants must be over the age of 18 to enter. Artwork must be representational in nature. Because the artwork will be displayed for a period that extends beyond the conference dates and in a public-access space, the venue requests that submitted works are appropriate for the family-frequented setting. Entries that do not adhere to this are unable to be used for consideration.


The entry fee is $35 for the first two works and $5 for each additional work. Artists may enter an unlimited number of works, and may enter as many rounds as they wish. Winners may not enter rounds beyond the round in which they received their prize.

Jurying Process

The TRAC Art Competition consists of seven rounds of judging. Each round is judged by a distinguished panel of jurors. In the first six rounds the jurors will select the top three awards. The jurors of the seventh and final round will select the Grand Prize winner from the Cadmium Prize winners of the previous six rounds.



David Molesky, Artist

David Molesky is an internationally recognized fine artist based in New York City. He is most known for his landscapes and figurative works of art. His education includes studying with plein air painter Walter Bartman, studying at the Universitas Gadjah Mada at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, an apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum, and a BA from the University of California Berkley.

His work has been presented widely nationally and internationally, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, Pasinger Fabrik, Germany, Casa dell’Architettura, Italy, and Telemarksgaleriet, Norway, and is represented in several permanent public collections, including the Long Beach Museum of Art. Publications that have featured his work include the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, OC Weekly, New American Painting, Hi-Fructose, and Juxtapoz.

Tish Greenwood
Executive Director of the CMATO

Tish Greenwood is the Executive Director of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). Greenwood previously worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum for 12 years before helming CMATO, first as a Department Coordinator of the Museum Education Department and then as the Senior Budget Analyst of the Museum. She also worked as the Sales Manager for Photo LA, working closely with ArtSlant, a leading online network for contemporary art criticism. Greenwood also serves on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Museum Grants Awarding Committee. One of her recent curatorial projects include Kevin Sloan: Menagerie of Wonders.

She received her BA in Art history from John Cabot University in Rome and her MA in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University Washington DC and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY.

Suzanne BrookerTeaching Artist

Suzanne Brooker is a teaching artist who demonstrates advanced techniques in figurative and landscape drawing and oil painting based on Old Master methods. Brooker is well known for her acclaimed work on depicting representational subjects using skillsets from 16th century ateliers, called Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques & Contemporary Applications. Her other publications include The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees and Water. Her newest book, Essential Techniques of Landscape Drawing, was released in August 2018.

Brooker received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York and the School of Visual Arts. Brooker has taught at Gage Academy of Art and Gallery Mack.


TRAC2019 will retain 30% of selling price of works sold as a result of the exhibition, which will be used to offset costs of the conference.


Accepted artwork should be delivered to the exhibition venue in Ventura, CA. Please arrange the dropping off of artwork with Rachel Schmid,, 805-493-3697. If you live outside the greater Ventura or Los Angeles area and cannot deliver your work, shipping of accepted work is permissible. Shipping requirements are as follows: Artists are responsible for all shipping arrangements and expenses. Round-trip shipping expenses must be prepaid. Those entries sent collect will not be accepted. All artwork must be packed in a reusable container, and all packing material must be sufficient for safe return. Crates must be clearly and properly labeled for return shipment. All images must remain for the entire duration of the exhibition, dates are TBD.

Accepted Entry Criteria

Please use industry accepted matting and framing techniques; works must be ready to hang when received. Please affix an identification label to the rear top left corner of the finished work. The visible label must include:  Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Title and if applicable Selling Price. 


The Representational Art Conference and the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach will exercise the best possible care in the handling of your submissions. But, neither shall be responsible for loss or damage of your submission due to fire, theft, vandalism, or any other cause. Entries submitted constitute agreement to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

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