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Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
2020 Southbay Festival of the Arts, Photography Juried Show

The TOCA 2020 Fine Arts Juried Show recognizes the best in original mixed media arts. 35 photographs will be selected from the prestigious field of artist entries to be included in an exhibition at the 27 June 2020 Southbay Festival of the Arts. 

The judges will be three Photographer Mark Comon and two additional judges to be announced. These three judges will select the top 4 artworks to receive the Ken Miller Photography 2020 Award for Best of Show, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. 


Entry Application Deadline: May 15, 2020 

Entry Application, Photograph Submission, and Fees must be completed on the Onlinejuriedshows website, scroll down to the “TOCA 2020 Photography Juried Show” exhibit listing and click “Enter This Show.” 



Mark Comon is Vice President of PAUL’S PHOTO and founder of Creative Photo Academy. Mark is an award-winning photographer, world renown educator and industry leading retail professional. 

At PAUL’S PHOTO he has led the charge of a single-location family owned camera store from the days of film to digital and into the online era. While other brick-and-mortar technology business struggle PAUL’S PHOTO continues to grow and prosper. 

Since 1988, Mark Comon has taught more than two hundred-fifty students per month in his popular classes in PAUL’S PHOTO’S Creative Photo Academy. As a dynamic lecturer, Comon has entertained and educated audiences from first-time snap-shooters and hobbyists to industry professionals. 

As a photographic artist Mark’s images have been featured in many local and regional photographic and artistic exhibitions. His award-winning landscape, insightful travel and stirring documentary images capture the light, drama and full range of the human experience. 






Complete the “Entry Application”, “submit images” of your art for jury review and pay the entry fees on 

Entry Fees are non-refundable.
There will be no refunds for any reason. By entering the competition, you are confirming that you accept the refund policy. 



4 artists will receive the Ken Miller 2020 Photography Award, gifts, 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 



This is a juried exhibition. Artists may submit up to 5 digital images of their works to for the jury selection process. The entry fee is $25 for each image. Entry fees are non – refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. 





May 15, 2020 ENTRY DEADLINE 

Completed Entry application with accompanying digital images and jury fee submitted to

May 25, 2020 JURY SESSION 

Exhibition Photography Judging


Photographer’s work selected for the Exhibition will be notified by email no later than 29 May 2020. Photographers will have until 23 June to frame and prepare their photographs for hanging and submission at 23 June 2020 Exhibition Artwork Turn-in Day.


Hand-deliver your juror - accepted and ready - to - hang photograph(s) between10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to the Ken Miller Center at: 

Torrance Cultural Arts Center 

3300 Civic Center Drive 

Torrance, CA 90503 

* Out-of-town exhibition photographs that cannot be delivered in person on the designated date and time can be shipped. 

Shipments MUST arrive the no earlier than 19 June and received no later than 24 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 photographs to: 

Torrance Cultural Arts Center 

3300 Civic Center Drive 

Torrance CA 90503 

Attn: David Kartsonis
TOCA 2020 Fine Arts Awards

June 27, 2020 EXHIBITION 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Ken Miller Center
Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3300 Civic Center Drive 

Torrance, CA 90503


Artists are responsible to arrange to pick up of their photographs at the Ken Miller Center between 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM following the Awards Reception.




Photographs will be handled with the utmost care, and TOCA will make every reasonable effort to keep all submitted photographs safe. However, Photographers are responsible for insuring their artwork. TOCA and its representatives are not responsible for loss, theft or damage of your photographs while in the organization’s possession or in transit, including those photographs 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. 


For further information on submitting images and to pay the jury fee, log onto, scroll down to CALL FOR ENTRIES : TOCA 2020 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW exhibit listing and click “enter this show.” Entering your images: 

1. 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

2. Entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List photograph size up to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the image. Be sure your images are right - side - up. 

3. Single works composed of multiple separate pieces (Diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are not allowed as one entry unless framed together in one frame within the stated size restrictions. 

4. Model releases are the responsibility of the photographer.
5. Photographs accepted for the exhibition cannot differ from the uploaded image or it will be disqualified. 

6. Accepted delivered entries not conforming to the rules for media, size and proper presentation will be disqualified. 

7. Failure to abide by the size and weight guidelines will result in disqualification. Due to space limitations and fairness to all, sizes will be strictly enforced. 

8. Final acceptance of the entry will be left to the discretion of the Program Coordinator. 

9. Due to the family-oriented theme of the TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts, no work dealing with drug use, obscenity, defamatory statements, violence or gang activity, satanic or cult themes or other offensive or objectionable content will be accepted. This is at the discretion of the TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts staff. 

10. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images for submission can be found at: 

11. If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email us at:

12. Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received. 

Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received. 



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 2020 Photography 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 photography. 

The exhibition is part of the 2020 TOCA Southbay Festival of the Arts. Last year’s festival draw an attendance of over 3,500. This year over 4000 attendees are expected. The event 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 27 June 2020

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Ken Miller Center
Torrance Cultural Art Center

 3300 Civic Center Drive 

Torrance, California 


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. 


1. All photography 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.

2. SIZE RESTRICTIONS: Work must not exceed 36” in height and 36” in width; weight may not exceed 30 lb.

3. Photographer agrees to permit TOCA to reproduce the accepted artwork for TOCA publicity and documentation purposes.

4. For tips on how to best photograph and submit images, click on the active link back to “Image Help” under


Due to space limitations, size limits are strictly enforced. 


Size Limits for Photography Wall Mounted entries: 

1. Size includes the outside dimensions of the frame. Rectangular Images:
Minimum Size: 11inches x 14 inches
Maximum Size: 24 inches x 28 inches 

(allows for up to 2-inch frame thickness for a standard 20” x 24” frame size) (any ratio of the size with the minimum and maximum is allowed)
Square Images:
Minimum Size: 9 inches x 9 inches 

Maximum Size: 24 inches x 24 inches Panoramic Images:
Maximum Size: 44 inches x 24 inches 

2. Weight Limit: 20 pounds for all wall-hung photography
3. See Juried Exhibition Photography Framing & Hanging Instructions. 


Proper presentation is critical for the safe display and gallery standards for exhibiting your work and is part of the judging criteria when awarding ribbons. Aesthetics is also a large factor in frame and matte selection, which should complement and not distract from the work. Any accepted work when delivered that is deemed unsafe to display and/ or is poorly presented will be disqualified. 

You can frame the work yourself, but if you’re unexperienced at framing for gallery presentation, then it’s best to take the work to a professional framer. 

Artwork must be securely labeled on the back of each entry with a printout of the following information:
Photographers Name:
Image Title:
Image Size Including Mat and Frame: 

Sales price: 


2. Framing Wall Mounted Artwork
You can have your work professionally framed or frame the work yourself either way please follow
these guidelines.
Works on any media must be framed.
Due to safety and handling, metal prints have to be framed.
Black frames with white mats are highly recommended.
Proper presentation and framing are part of the award judging criteria.
Metal print in shadow-box frame 

3. Hardware for Hanging
All wall-hanging works must have a taut, braided steel wire attached securely with D-rings for hanging. NO sawtooth hangers or spring clips. 

D-Ring Hangers 

D-Ring hangers are preferred and are available in several standard sizes and weight ratings. Make sure the moulding is thick enough to be able to screw in the D-rings. If the wood frame moulding is too thin, the screws can split the frame. Drill a small pilot hole for the screw so as to not split the wood frame when fastening the D-Ring. 

Hanging Wire
A multi-strand braided galvanized steel wire is required (weight rated for at least four times the weight of the artwork and frame) and the ends of the wire should be secured so they do not poke into the back of the image.
(String, thread, fishing line or anything other than wire mentioned above will not be accepted) 

Hanging wire is available in various weight-rated sizes and is looped through the D-Ring hangers that are secured in the left and right sides of the wood frame moulding.
Hanging wire is securely looped around both D-Rings. Check that the Apex of the wire is at least 2 inches below top of frame. Make sure the wire does not extend outside the frame. 

Sawtooth Hangers are not safe to hang work by in a busy public venue as the festival. The work can easily fall off the wall.
Sawtooth hangers are strictly prohibited. 

4. Frames Containing Glass
• Framing with plastic or Plexiglas is preferred.
• Artists framing their entry with glass assume responsibility for damage to their own artwork and the artwork of
others should the glass break. Our staff uses extreme care in handling artwork but assumes no responsibility for damage. 

5. Framing Tips and Informational Links 

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6. Each photograph 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. 

7.Submitted work should be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal).
8. All photographs must be framed.
9. Works on paper must be framed and under glass (Museum or Anti - Reflective Glass is 

preferred) or Plexiglas. 

10. Delivered work must match the image juried. No substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. 

11. 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). 

12. Prices quoted on the entry form may not be changed after acceptance. 


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. 



Entries may be marked NFS (Not For Sale), POR (Price on Request) or For Sale by indicating the price on the turn in form. Consider printing, materials, framing costs and your time when pricing. 

Prospective Buyers 

No sale or acceptance of fees for photography items will be made by the Southbay Festival of the Arts or the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. Prospective buyers may fill out an Interested in Purchasing Exhibited Photography form that will be forwarded to the photographer within a week of the close of the festival. The purchase transaction is between the photographer and the prospective buyer. All Federal and State taxes are the responsibility of the photographer. The Southbay Festival of the Arts does not take any commissions on sales as a result of the exhibition. 


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