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March 11, 2011
State Fair is seeking fine artists for summertime competition


By Dixie Reid

The California State Fair today issued a call to artists for its 2011 California Fine Art competition.

Entrants must be 18 or older and submit original work by April 22. The winners, who will share a prize package in excess of $20,000, will have their art displayed during the California State Fair, which runs July 14-31.

The competition's seven categories:

Painting - oil, acrylic, water media and plein air in any medium
Other two-dimensional art - drawing, pastels, color pencil, printmaking, collage, mixed media, digital art
Sculpture - single medium, mixed media, assemblage and Rube Goldburg
Photography - black-and-white, color and alternative process
Fine craft - ceramics, glass, jewelry/small metals, fiber/textiles and wood
Themed - "Equine & Western Art," "The Art of Culture," "The Art of Wine" and "Adventure!"
Plein Air - A special State Fair contest

For entry information, go to and click on "California Fine Art" on the adults competition page, or call the State Fair Entry Office: (916) 263-3146 or e-mail

The California Exposition & State Fair will be at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.

PHOTO: Tony Natsoulas' "Lee Counts His Snails Under the Bodhi Tree," 2009, ceramic, won the Jurors Award and Best of Show sculpture award at the 2009 California State Fair art show.

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