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Free LA Art Exhibit – Open Call 2016: Play

Balls Glowing at Barnsdale Park

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present Open Call 2016: Play. On view at LAMAG, which is located at Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90065) from August 18 through September 18, 2016, the community-based, thematic biennial explores the notion of “play” in all its forms and is set to showcase more than 300 promising artists from across Southern California. This year’s Open Call is among the largest and longest running non-juried exhibitions in Los Angeles.

Computer art at Barnsdall Park

The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on Sunday, August 14, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., which is sponsored by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. The reception will feature an award ceremony honoring best in show ($250), second place ($100), third place ($50), and three honorable mentions ($30) selected by former LAMAG curator Scott Canty.

LA art event

Having begun as the “All City Outdoor Festival” in 1950, Open Call has evolved into one of LA’s premier exhibitions for emerging artists and students to exhibit their artwork and achieve recognition through cash prizes. In 2014, nearly 400 artists lined up to deliver their artwork to the Gallery and this year’s biannual Open Call followed a different format with artists encouraged to freely interpret the notion of play. Only works that spoke to the theme were accepted and the mediums included sculpture, paintings, and photography.

Stewart art at Barnsdall Park

This year’s juror is Scott Canty, who recently retired after 30 years with DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Canty began his time at LAMAG as a young curator developing exhibitions, education programs, special events, and,
most notably, innovative initiatives including the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artists Fellowship program.

Open Call 2016: Play

Public Opening: Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: August 18 to September 18, 2016

Time: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Admission: FREE

For more information, please call 323.644.6269 or visit

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