Call for Art for 2024 Exhibition Now Open

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts Council, invites local and regional artists to submit their environmental artwork for consideration in the 21st annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition, taking place February 15-19, 2024. 

Wild & Scenic uses environmental and adventure films to inspire activism and seeks art submissions that do the same. The featured artwork enhances the immersive nature of the festival experience. Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address a broad interpretation of the theme of “environment” and highlight the beauty of the natural world. 

“We are thrilled to continue bringing this incredible Art Exhibition to our community. Nevada City and Grass Valley are full of amazing artists, and we look forward to showcasing many of them and introducing non-locals to the art scene here,” says Festival Director Lívia Campos de Menezes. 

Submissions will be accepted in three categories: 3-Dimensional, 2-Dimensional, and Photography. Artists can submit up to 3 pieces per entry in a single category. 

While all artwork will be considered, we are especially interested in pieces that interpret our theme this year, Reel Action,” continues Campos de Menezes. The theme pays homage to the festival’s mission to inspire activism. The aim is to select artworks that are a call to action, inviting audiences to learn about the most pressing environmental problems and initiatives anyone can take to improve the natural world and lives around the globe. 

Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in person at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in front of an audience of over 3,000 environmental filmmakers, celebrities, and social activists. Featured artists will be eligible for top three awards in each category, 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, and Photography, a Best of Theme award, and Judges’ Awards. 

The Jury will look for work that stands out within the greater themes of the festival. Piper Johnson, award-winning painter and owner of the Piper J Johnson Gallery in Truckee, CA, is already confirmed as an art judge for next year’s contest with the others to be confirmed soon. Award-winners will be recognized and presented with certificates at the Artists Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. 

Submissions are now open. Early Bird deadline is September 29th with the final deadline to apply being November 28th with discounts available for earlier submissions. To submit your artwork and get more information about deadlines and requirements go to 

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