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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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'Safe' Exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center to Explore the Art of Safety
Call for Entries now Open to Artists in Bay Area Counties
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center will address the timely questions of “What does it mean to be safe?” and “What is safety now?” during a juried exhibition from September 19-December 13, 2020.

”The Palo Alto Art Center is excited to present our first juried exhibition in more than 10 years,” shared Karen Kienzle, Palo Alto Art Center Director. “This exhibition will provide an opportunity for artists from around the Bay Area to participate in an ongoing conversation about the importance of safety and what it looks like now.”

Psychologist Abraham Maslow identified safety as one of the foundational universal human needs, second only to physiological needs such as air, water, and food. We inherently seek safety for ourselves and those we love. But how do we successfully find safety in a pandemic world in which the people and objects around us represent infection and danger? And how can art provide opportunities for safety and security?

Safe will be on view at the Palo Alto Art Center September 19-December 13, 2020 and featured in an online exhibition. There will be $1,000 in prizes for selected artworks. The Juror is Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Palo Alto Art Center invites artists living or working within the nine Bay Area counties (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma) to submit work for the Safe exhibition.

Artworks should be completed pieces or concepts for installation. $1,000 in prizes will be awarded for selected artworks.

Complete information and instructions, including media restrictions, may be found here:

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to see and make art, activate your creativity, and expand your community. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 150,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

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