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Eighth Annual Pianos on State Call for Entries

What is Pianos on State?

Pianos on State is an interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities Month in October. The eighth annual installment will take place from October 2nd – 16h, 2017. Each piano will become its own piece of art as local professional Santa Barbara artists create individual looks. In order to make this community event a success, we need local artists to paint the pianos! We are seeking submissions this year from the community through a call for entries. As a public art program, this is an opportunity for emerging and professional artists alike to showcase their work through a unique project. The deadline for submission is August 31st.

How It Works

Each artist will be given a $150.00 stipend from Art Essentials to purchase materials to recreate a provided piano. Along with the stipend, artists will also be recognized on the Pianos on State website, banners, and all other marketing and publicity materials.  There is also a possibility of hosting an artist reception to take place at the Community Arts Workshop. Submission Include three digital examples of your artwork One paragraph stating your concept or why you are interested in participating Deadline to submit August 31st 2017


  1. Any copyrighted or offensive images are prohibited

  2. No commercial advertising

  3. No profanity

  4. No gang-related content

  5. Must be suitable for a PG viewing audience

Important (and Updated) Dates

Painting will take place at the Community Arts Workshop at 631 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 on September 29th through September 30th between 10:00am and 6:00pm. There will be a private walking tour for sponsors with an opportunity for an artist talk and reception following.  The date for this is yet to be determined. Pianos will be available for musical exploration, impromptu play and group performances 10am-10pm over the duration of their display on State Street. Amateur, professional and public musicians alike are invited to sit down and play.

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