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California Lutheran University
TRAC 2019 Invitational Art Show, Nov/Dec

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 that extends beyond TRAC2019. Competition winners will receive an invitation to participate in the exhibition, get their work published in The Art of TRAC2019 catalogue (a 200 page illustrated catalogue with corresponding essays), as well as the prizes listed below. Note: 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 participate

·         Your work published in The Art of TRAC2019

·         Entry into the grand prize judging


The Alizarin Award

·         $125 and catalogue publication


The Cerulean Award

·         $75 and catalogue publication


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

·         Total value $1,350


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, Oct. 31, 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.


Pamela WilsonPamela Wilson, Artist

Pamela Wilson received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design as part of the MFA Program. Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the subject of 23 solo exhibitions, spanning the United States. She has exhibited in many museums, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and a solo exhibition at the Arnot Art  Museum in Elmira, NY. Her work is included in many prestigious collections and has graced the cover of American Art Collector Magazine twice since 2014. The characters in her paintings are often called “odd or mad,” or similar terms denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality.


Joseph Bravo, Curator

Joseph Bravo is an independent curator and arts writer, who has a master’s degree in art history. With over 25 years of working in museums and as a university art history instructor, Bravo brings unique insights to the interpretation and contextualization of fine art. After initially working in the Classical and Egyptian antiquities department, he went on to curate oceanic art and specialize in matters related to art and otherness theory. For the last decade and a half, Bravo has focused his attention on issues in contemporary art, particularly those relating to the dynamics of the creation of art canon and the inclusion of marginalized aesthetic optics. In the course of these efforts, he has been an ardent advocate for various forms of contemporary figurative realism. Bravo has been a lifelong student of the metaphysics of art as well as of its semiotics and esoteric iconography. Whether as a museum curator or director, a university instructor or independent scholar and theorist, Bravo has made it his life’s pursuit to share the intrinsic value and illuminating power of fine art with anyone who would aspire to perceive it.

Regina-Jacobson-portraitRegina Jacobson, Artist

Born in Los Angeles, Jacobson earned her BFA and MFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. As a representational figurative artist, Jacobson’s oil paintings reflect her circuitous path to fine arts through the fashion industry. Her current body of work, A Beautiful Lie, richly examines the vulnerability of humanity in the grip of life’s shadows. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for love and acceptance, Jacobson’s work unveils the delicate self-worth of her subjects, undermined by a society where idealized standards seem hallowed and venerated. She states, “While my process of visualizing the final image includes a partnership between painting from life, my imagination and photo references, the end product is usually a departure from where I started as I inevitably respond to the work throughout the creative process.”


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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