The TAG Gallery in Santa Monica will present the sixth annual California Open Juried Exhibition beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17 through Sept. 2.

The California Open is a nationwide art competition recognizing a diverse range of styles and media and offers artists exposure at Bergamot Station, Southern California’s largest art gallery complex and cultural center, a TAG spokesperson said.

A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at TAG, 2525 Michigan Ave., D3, Santa Monica.

Interest in the California Open has been on the rise since TAG Gallery moved to its current location in Bergamot Station in 2009, the gallery spokesperson said. Fifty-three artists were selected for the show from a pool of 572 entrants by jurors Katherine Chang Liu, an internationally renowned painter, teacher, curator and juror; and Peter Mays, executive director of the Los Angeles Art Association.

“From the juror’s standpoint, the quantity and quality of submissions proved to be both daunting and exhilarating” the jurors said. “As established art professionals immersed in the world of emerging artists, we both see an uncommon amount of artwork on a daily basis, so authentically engaging our attention could potentially present a challenge.

“After thoroughly reviewing the works independently, we proceeded to hone the final selections together, advocating, honing, and ultimately forging a cohesive exhibition that captured the zeitgeist of the moment.”

They continued, “We were pleased to find that the final pieces shared a common ‘DNA’ comprising impressive formal skills and/or originality of idea or execution. The resulting exhibition provides an expansive cross-section of work by a lively and accomplished pool of artists. The proficient, obsessive, playful and thoughtful all happily have a role in this exhibit and its story.”

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