Rock On! … through … up … over - Art in Public Places

Organization    Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC)

Location    Twentynine Palms, CA

Type    Open Call

Entry Fee    n/a

Deadline    June 29, 2018


“Rock On! … through … up … over” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition for July 7 to September 28 at Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Art Gallery and Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms.

Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for possible inclusion in the group exhibition. Artwork will be received at the visitor center gallery on In/Out day, Friday, June 29, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artists unable to make this time can request an alternate delivery time by calling (760) 367-3445 any weekday prior to In/Out day.

Artwork must address the theme “Rock On!” portraying the many ways rocks are significant to life in the desert. The theme can be expressed in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, mosaics, ceramics, fabric art, assemblage, sculpture or other three-dimensional work. All work must be ready to hang with professional wire or mount on a pedestal, must be offered for sale, and must be suitable for viewing by the general public.

An opening reception is planned for artists and the public on Saturday, July 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with live music and special culinary treats catered by local restaurateurs. The event is part of the new Art Cruise 29! First Saturdays.

In addition to the exhibition of new art at the Visitor Center, Art In Public Places focuses on two historic pieces that feature rocks: Mural # 12: Desert Gold Mining Days, and “Sky Climbers” copper and steel sculpture at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.

New this year: Artists are asked to bring a short statement and bio for a notebook to accompany the show. Business cards are also welcome.

Art in Public Places exhibitions are hosted by the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) of the City of Twentynine Palms. For questions or more information, contact PAAC liaison Jon Beard at (760) 367-7562 or email:

The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. at the corner of Desert Queen Avenue in downtown Twentynine Palms

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