Your artwork featured in "5 Minute Portraits" at Caltopia 2017. Submissions due 8.16.17

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice is looking for students to participate as an artist in the “5 MINUTE PORTRAITS” booth at Caltopia 2017.


Deadline: 11:59pm, August 16th, 2017.

5 Minute Portraits at Caltopia 2016


This is an opportunity to have a laugh while showing off your art skills in public, to meet some of your artist peers and thousands of potential fans, and to promote your artwork via social media.

Caltopia, which will take place on Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st at the Recreational Sports Facility on campus, attracts 30,000 visitors. Cal students, who get free admission, are given tons of free gifts and promotions from various companies, groups, and academic departments. Read more about Caltopia on their website:

At the Department of Art Practice booth, visitors get to take home an original portrait drawn in 5 minutes. In 2016 this was one of the most popular and fun things happening at Caltopia.

You can use any media or style: realistic portraiture – anime caricatures – collage – abstract expressionism – absurd pranks – it’s your call! Five minutes isn’t long enough to create a lifelike masterpiece – the point is to express yourself while interacting with your subject. Think outside the box!

We will provide basic white paper to draw on, some simple drawing supplies, and a wall to hang the portraits. You should provide any other supplies you need (we hope you will bring something unique). Note that wet media such as watercolor may not dry fast enough for your subject to take home, and we can’t allow oil or spray paint because of the mess and fumes (the table will be inside).

Each participant will be asked to do one or two 2 hour shifts. This means you will do up to 24 portraits. Why not sign up with a friend?

You can hand out anything to promote yourself (i.e. your Instagram name, etc.). The organizers of Caltopia, who have a very active social media campaign, are excited about making this project highly visible!

Use this form to sign up. Please pay attention to the question about shifts. We will let you know the week before Caltopia when your shift will be. If we get more applicants than available spots, the Worth Ryder Art Gallery Director will make decisions based on scheduling.

We are asking for volunteers – this is not paid opportunity. But we will say “thank you” with a gift of art supplies.

For questions, please contact Farley Gwazda, Director, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice:


Deadline: 11:59pm, August 16th, 2017.

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