Artists Sought for Annual JACCC Shikishi Exhibition


The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is sending out an open call for art to display at the 14th annual Shikishi Exhibition until Thursday, Dec. 29.

Community participation is at the heart of creating one of the city’s most popular annual exhibitions, which is also one of the longest-running open calls for art in Los Angeles.

“Hatsu Kaze” or “First Wind” is the theme for the 2012 exhibition, which opens on Jan. 8. The shikishi (paperboards) will interpret the theme, expressing messages, wishes, and aspirations for the new year, as well as references to the Year of the Dragon, and the rich display of creativity and originality will become the collective voice of a diverse community.

Shikishi are congratulatory cards of standard size that have been used in Japan since the 12th century for painting and writing poetry. Today, these shikishi are given as gifts to mark a memorable or special occasion, and the use of this format is the requirement for participation in the exhibit. There will also be a $10 suggested entry fee.

Shikishi can be purchased at local Japanese markets, or you can request one from the JACCC while supplies last.

Past participants have included celebrities, local personalities, politicians, writers, artists, priests, and activists. Those who wish to have their shikishi displayed must submit their work by Dec. 29.

For more information, call Gavin Kelley at (213) 628-2725 or visit


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