Vidak: Call for Valley Artists for State Senate Contemporary Art Collection

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) is reaching out to the arts community in search of a contemporary artist whose work expresses the Valley’s unique way of life.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for an artist from the 14th Senate District to have his or her art displayed at the State Capitol as part of the 2017 California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection,” said Vidak.

Every other year, each Senate district has the opportunity to select an artist whose work best represents the district. These artists bring to the Capitol an extensive range of cultures, backgrounds and training. The upcoming exhibit is planned from May 2017 to September 2018.

The media with which they work is also as varied – acrylics, oils, bronze sculpture, blown glass, mixed media, and watercolors. The talented, diverse, and colorful selection seen at each show is a testament to the fact that contemporary art is alive and well in California.

  • Most any type of ORIGINAL art is acceptable. Oil paintings, works on paper, weavings, wall hangings, photographs and sculpture are all acceptable media. Please try to limit the overall size to no larger than 3’ x 5’, as space is limited. No posters or prints – only original pieces.

  • The artist must agree to loan their art to the exhibit for approximately 18 months. The Senate Rules Committee will pay for shipping costs to and from the exhibit (NOT packing materials).

  • If chosen, the artist will need to supply the artist’s biography, information on the artwork selected and perhaps how it was selected. This information will be used in the exhibit catalogue.

Artists who live in the 14th Senate District, (view district map here) and who would like to be considered, must email a high resolution photo(s) of the art and short description of the work that would be displayed in an email to The deadline for submission is April 7, 2017.

For more information, please contact Ben Granholm in Team Vidak’s Capitol office at 916-651-4014 or

Blossom Trail
“Blossom Trail,” by artist Chieko Delgado from Senate District 14, was displayed as part of The 2015 California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection.