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Ben Owens, Crocodile Tears, 2017 


The Huntington Arts Council invites artists to participate in Bright Colors and Bold Strokes: Creations of Lowbrow Art."  

Lowbrow started as an underground visual art movement that arosein the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, tiki culture, and hot-rod cultures of the street. It is also often known by the name pop surrealism. It continues its rich history with such publications as Juxtopose, Hi-Fuctose, and Carpazine. Lowbrow art often has a sense of humor — sometimes the humor is gleeful, sometimes impish, and sometimes it is a sarcastic comment.

Many of the creators of lowbrow art are influenced by acid house flyers, advertising, animated cartoons, circus and sideshow culture, graffiti and street art, kitsch, kustom kulture, mail art, pop culture, psychedelic art, retro Illustration, pulp magazine art, toys for adults, notably vinyl figurines among many other things.  


JUROR:  Owens has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of interdisciplinary projects. He has been featured in JUXTAPOZ Magazine and received numerous awards, including some from: Mark Ryden, Robert Williams and Jonathan Levine. He is a former gilding specialist for the world famous Sotheby’s Auction house. He is also an established illustrator who has done work for ZOO YORK Skateboards, Blue Point Brewery, Mickey Hart and numerous others. He has worked as Creative Director who designed packaging for many of Americas’ favorite craft breweries. He is currently employed as a VP of Marketing creating carious advertising .


ELIGIBILITY:  All artist and all media.  
ENTRIES:  All entries must be original to entrant. All framed entries should contain hanging wire on back. Submission materials cannot be returned.
SIZE:  Framed work not to exceed 48 inches on longest side and 24 inches on shortest side. Standing work should not to exceed 72 inches in height. Video work can no exceed 50mg in file size.
ENTRY FEE: First three entries: JOURNEY* school students$15, Full-time students $25, Artist members $30, Non-members $40. Additional entries $5 ea. No more than two works per artist will be selected.
SALES: The Huntington Arts Council retains a 25% commission on all work sold.
LIABILITY & INSURANCE: All works are insured while in the possession of the Huntington Arts Council.       
Reception: Friday, March 29th,  2019 6 – 8 pm
Show Runs: March 29th - May 4th, 2019

 *Current JOURNEY School Districts: Cold Spring Harbor, Northport-East Northport USFD, Commack UFSD, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD, Harborfields CSD, South Huntington FSD, Huntington UFSD


Submission Method:
1.  Online submission - Upload your digital images and required information below -  digital images must be no larger than 7mb (300 dpi, 2400 pixels on the longest side.) PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THE TITLE YOUR IMAGE!!!  

2.   For paper applications Click here to download the application from our website and mail or drop off with CD of digital images and payment at our office:
213 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743


Online entries as described above are preferred!!
Technical difficulties?  Please contact Submittable at 855-467-8264


Additional information, please call 631-271-8423 or email info@huntingtonarts.org


If you would like to obtain Artist Membership, please click here!