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Frequently Asked Questions

The Triton Museum of Art offers changing exhibitions of the art and artists of California. All exhibitions are selected and curated by the Triton Museum of Art Curatorial Team consisting of Preston Metcalf, Chief Curator; Ester Fernandez, Curator of Education/Associate Curator; and Stephanie Learmonth, Registrar/Associate Curator. Several types of exhibitions are offered:

  • Solo exhibitions: Solo exhibitions are reserved for mid- and late-career artists with established exhibition histories and resumes. Examples of recent and upcoming solo exhibitions are shows by Therese May, Bob Nugent, Betty Nobue Kano, Carlos Villa, Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, David Middlebrook, Lynn Powers, and Squeak Carnwath.
  • Theme Exhibitions: Thematic shows are curated by the members of the Curatorial Team. These are group shows in which artists are selected and invited to participate based upon the appropriateness of their work to the theme and the needs of that particular exhibition. Examples of recent and upcoming thematic exhibitions are Drawings: Visions, Surfaces, and Beyond; Landscapes: Rural and Urban Realities; Narrative Realities; A Brush with Nature: California Plein Air Painting; and Chicana Artists of the Greater Bay Area.
  • Art Group Exhibitions: Though rare, the Triton Museum of Art occasionally hosts exhibitions of specific art groups. Art Group exhibitions generally fall outside of strict curatorial selection as it represents the selection of the group as a whole. Art Groups will only be considered based upon a curatorial review and assessment of all participating members, all of whom must meet the curatorial standards that would apply to any individual artist selected for a regular curated exhibition. Examples of recent and upcoming art group exhibitions include The Pastel Society of the West Coast and California Society of Printmakers.
  • Open Competitions and Exhibitions: Each year the Triton Museum of Art holds a competition open to all California-based artists. The theme changes each year. Guest jurors – experts in their respective areas – review all entries, select the works to be included in the exhibition, and pick the winners of the various cash prizes. Prospectuses are sent out to artists via email, standard mail, or can be obtained on the Triton Museum of Art’s web site a few months before each annual competition. Artists wishing to receive future notifications may be placed on the Triton Museum’s Artist Database by sending your email address or other contact information to the Triton Museum of Art, or to pmetcalf@tritonmuseum.org . Examples of past and upcoming themes for the Statewide Competitions and Exhibitions are Painting (2007), Watercolor (2008 and alternating years), Drawing and Prints (December 2009).
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Artists may send examples of their work or exhibition proposals, or share their work with the Triton Museum of Art in one of three ways:

  1. Send an information packet directly to the Triton Museum of Art via standard mail. An artist's packet should include:
    • Images of the artist's work. The images are best if sent on a CD that the Museum can keep on file. It is also to the artist's advantage if 4-10 printed images accompany the disk. Please do not send slides. Fancy bound or bindered portfolios are also discouraged as the cost of sending and returning them is high and they do not in any way increase an artist's chances or the attention the artist's packet will receive. Up to 20 digital and/or printed images are sufficient.
    • Also please send a copy of the artist's resume with exhibition history, an artist's statement, and copies of any relevant press received.
    • Artists may include examples of printed announcements and/or catalogs, though they are only a long-term reference for the Curatorial Team if the Museum may keep them on file without expectation of return.
    • Any or all of the above materials will be returned only if a SASE is included with sufficient postage. The Museum will keep on file only materials that do not require future return.
    • A SASE (letter envelope) is required for a response from the Museum of receipt of the packet and to be notified of the proposal’s current disposition.
    • Please do not call the Museum to inquire about your submission. Packets are reviewed on an ongoing basis and artists will be notified by mail. Packets kept on file will be consulted as appropriate by the Curatorial Team. Should an artist be considered for a later exhibition they will be contacted by the Museum.
    • Artists may update their packets by sending exhibition announcements or new CDs/printed copies of their work, but it is not necessary or advisable to send multiple packets.
    • Send all materials to Preston Metcalf, Curator of Art, Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue, 95050.
  2. The above materials may also be sent via email to pmetcalf@tritonmuseum.org
    • Please send no more than ten images.
    • Please send images as an attachment. Very high resolution images may be difficult to upload. Do not imbed the images in the email. Emails with imbedded images will not be opened.
    • Artists may also direct attention to artist’s websites for curatorial review.
    • Artists will receive an email response after materials are reviewed. The Museum will retain on file the addresses and emails of artists of interest for future reference.

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Yes, the Triton Museum of Art offers internships in a variety of fields, including curatorial, development, education and marketing. For more information contact Maria Ester Fernandez at efernandez@tritonmuseum.org or 408-247-9340.

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The Triton Museum of Art posts current job listings on the website. Click here if you are interested.

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Absolutely! We offer 3 wonderful venues for all types of events, from intimate to large receptions, corporate to non profit fundraisers. We are one of Silicon Valley’s premiere venues, integrating architecture and natural redwood landscape in the heart of Silicon Valley. Please click here to find out more.

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Yes, we have art classes both on-site and off, for children, Pre-K to Grade 5, and adults throughout the year. Go to the Education link for class, schedule and fee information. Some of our classes are very popular and fill up quickly, so register early.

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