Call for artists-- Autumn Lights Festival- Oakland, CA Oct. 17-18th 2014


3rd Annual Autumn Lights Festival

 October 17-18, 2014

The Autumn Lights Festival is a two-night community event held inside the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre oasis of themed gardens nestled at the north end of Lakeside Park in Oakland.  The festival welcomes over 1,000 children and adults to stroll through the gardens at night, where they encounter enchanting illuminated art installations set amongst the flora.  The Autumn Lights Festival is a fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt, a free public garden that truly is the “Green Heart of Oakland”.

The Autumn Lights Festival is calling for artist submissions to be featured at the 2014 event on October 17th-18th, 2014.  Submissions will be juried by a panel of last year’s Festival artists. Due to the limitation of installation space in the gardens, all works submitted will be considered, but not all will be accepted. 

 Selected artists will receive the following benefits and support:

  • Artist name and website on festival ticket sales web page
  • Artist bio featured in event program
  • Opportunity to display artworks for sale in the event Gallery
  • Electricity will be supplied on-site
  • Opportunity to win the Mayor’s Choice award
  • Discounted tickets for friends & family (limitations apply)

Your entry must include the following:

  • Artist Name
  • Artist contact information
  • Dimensions of proposed work
  • Photos of the artwork, or Sketch of proposed work
  • List of materials used to create the artwork (to comply with fire hazard regulations)
  • Electrical, flame or water needs (electrical power will be supplied, but artist is responsible to communicate any power needs and supply all conductor components)
  • Attachments or link to past examples of similar work or Artist portfolio

Come see the Gardens!  We will host a Garden Inspiration walkthrough on July 31st, 7-8:30pm for interested artists to view possible installation areas, meet the event planners and get inspired by the garden landscape.

The Gardens at Lake Merritt -  666 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA 94610

The Gardens are open to the public daily from 9am-5:30pm

Click HERE to view examples of some of Autumn Lights Festival’s 2013 Art Installations

3rd Annual Autumn Lights Festival

October 17-18, 2014

 Artist Submission Form

(please copy and paste in a doc)



Contact Phone & Email:




Description of the artwork:


List of materials:


Electrical, Flame or Water needs:


Approximate dimensions of artwork:  


Please email this form, attaching photos or sketches of your proposed artwork

If the artwork has not yet been created, please provide photos of past, similar work or a link to your portfolio.  Deadline to apply: August 15, 2014.

Selected artists will be notified by August 22, 2014. 

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Fontanetta

Upstage Productions and Event Management


(415) 682-6807