Opening Reception   1 / 21 / 21, 5pm  Online Exhibition   1 / 4 / 21 to 2 / 5 / 21

Building Bridges Art Exchange is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization established in 2005. BBAX is dedicated to actively engaging diverse artists, leaders, audiences, and supporters through our mission of cultivating cultural understanding through the arts. Building Bridges is a platform that enables artists from across the globe to connect, engage in peaceful dialogue, and create narratives that explore political issues and social movements which impact different regions of the world. We work in partnership with museums, galleries, Ministries of Culture, cultural art centers, arts organizations, and foundations from around the world. Our current space in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Arts Center offers rotating contemporary art exhibitions from around the world, artist residencies, as well as lectures, and workshops as part of our educational program. Diversity is at the core of our organizational values. Over the years, we have hosted 100’s of artists from over 34 countries.


As part of the 15 Year Anniversary of Building Bridges Art Exchange, we are pleased to announce an International Student Artist Open Call for both high school and college students.


“A bridge is a meeting place. a possibility, a metaphor”   - Jeanette Winterson

A bridge is a structure engineered and built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water or a road, without blocking the way underneath. Conceptually a “bridge” encourages understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and can diminish or resolve gaps between parties of different viewpoints, such as art and science or politics and economy. Building bridges can be an aid or an assistant providing safe passage over hindrances, obstructions, or something that impedes or prevents progress, acting as a blockage restricting future growth.


Building bridges has never been as important as right now and these bridges are of significant consequence around the globe. We can build bridges by starting a conversation or taking action, whether on a small or large scale. 


Work submitted must depict the artist's individual vision of what "Building Bridges" symbolizes while contemplating various political, environmental, social, economic, cultural or interpersonal relationship issues.


*** Jurors will select the top twenty pieces of artwork submitted. Selected artwork will be exhibited online through Building Bridges Art Exchange, located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California. 


*** Selected artwork will be exhibited from January 4 - February 5, 2021.


*** First, second and third place awards will be announced at the Opening Reception January 21, 2021 at 5pm.


Marisa Caichiolo is an artist and curator who studied art history and curatorial studies. She holds a PhD in art history and psychology.


Her research, which fluctuates between theory and practice, focuses primarily on the impact of social and political changes in society on cultural exchanges and production.


Her curatorial projects have been shown internationally, including MUSA Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara(Mexico); Kirchner Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, (Argentina); DOX Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague (Czech Republic); Frost Science Museum, Miami (USA); PVAC Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes (California); Building Bridges Art Foundation, Los Angeles (California); KATARA Cultural Center, Doha (Qatar); Sharjah Museum of Contemporary Art, Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Anaheim Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, Anaheim (California); Telefónica Art Foundation, Santiago(Chile); among others.


She is the founder of Building Bridges Art Exchange, an international non-profit organization based in Los Angeles County. The foundation is conceived to be a platform for critical thinking and research and offers local and international programs in Los Angeles; artist residencies; and educational programs, among others.


She was part of the curatorial team for several international biennials, such as the Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Biennial of the Americas, Denver, Colorado; among others. She is also an active board member for Bugatti Foundation, Italy; Now Art LA, Los Angeles; and the Advisory Board of the Diversity Apprenticeship Program at The Broad, Los Angeles.



Angel Delgado is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist born in Cuba in 1965 and residing and working in Las Vegas, Nevada. He studied at the Elementary School of Visual Arts of Havana, between 1976 and 1980, graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro" in 1984, and studied from 1984 to 1986 at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana.


The work of Angel Delgado focuses on the freedoms (or lack of freedoms) of the individual. His artwork is based fundamentally on the limitations, restrictions, and prohibitions that are imposed on human beings within society. In May 1990, Delgado created a performance titled "La esperanza es lo último que se está perdiendo" in the group exhibition "El Objeto Esculturado" at Centro de Desarrollo de Artes Visuales, that led to his imprisonment, where he spent 6 months deprived of freedom; this experience marked both his life and his work.


In 2005, he left Cuba and decided to stay permanently in Mexico City. He lived there until 2013, when he decided to immigrate to the United States. His work has been featured across the USA, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and Germany.


2004: Obtained an artist residency at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2008: Won the Museum of Latin American Art award in the sculpture and installation category in Long Beach, California.

2016: Part of The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Florida.


Larry and Debby Kline are collaborative artists, whose works have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco), California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Tunel Art Center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, UCSD Cross Cultural Center Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Group exhibitions include Indiana State Museum, Torrance Art Museum and Museum on the Seam (Israel), which involved traveling to Jerusalem to create a one-ton adobe structure on the roof of the museum as part of an exhibition of international environmental artists. They participated in The Center for Land Use Interpretation's residency program through a grant from UCIRA and were featured artists at Art San Diego 2013 and 2015. In addition to coverage in periodicals such as Utne and Orion, book credits include “The Artist's Guide,” and “Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice.”


They have been awarded three grants from The Gunk Foundation, NY, and grants from Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco, and Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles. They were awarded the 2013 San Diego Art Prize, recognizing some of the most accomplished artists in San Diego/Tijuana. They were featured in an Emmy Award winning episode of ArtPulse TV in 2014. In 2016, they were awarded the Calzona Prize, winning a plot of land on the border of California/Arizona to create a series of earthworks relating to the formation of the Salton Sea. In 2018, they participated in consecutive artist-in-residence programs at San Diego Natural History Museum, Torrance Art Museum, and a long-term art residency at UCSD School of Medicine. They are also curators and have lectured at venues such as Art and Science Forum (Salk Institute), UserX symposium (Qualcomm) and San Diego Museum of Art’s, Friday Morning Lecture Series. In 2020, Larry was selected as Artist-in-Residence at Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles.


Larry Kline teaches Perspective/Rendering and History of Modern Art at DISD and 3-D Design at Grossmont College. Debby Kline teaches Design Elements at DISD. As a team they are teaching Drawing as a Way of Seeing to medical students at UCSD.


*** This is a juried exhibition. Jurors reserve the right to include or exclude any submission. Submitting work does not guarantee inclusion in the final exhibition. Exhibition is judged using computer submitted images. The evaluation criteria for judging artwork will be: creativity, interpretation, originality, quality of the artwork, and overall artistic ability. The selection process will be judged anonymously. Once the jurors have made their selections, all entrants will receive an email from BBAX with a list of images and artists selected for the online show. The selected images and artists’ names will also be posted on BBAX website.


  • Artwork of all mediums, including but not limited to paintings, video, photography, installation, and performances, will be accepted.

  • Submissions must represent the applicants’ original artwork ONLY.

  • Artists must submit 1 - 3 images of artwork. Acceptable format: JPEG or PNG, 2MB or smaller (each image).

  • Video/performance entries should not exceed 5 minutes. Acceptable format: MP4, 1GB or smaller.

  • Each image must be named as follows: “artist name-title-medium-dimensions-date the work was completed-price”.

  • Artists must submit completed application form with images/video.

  • Submit images and application form to (with subject line “Open Call for Student Artists”).

  • All artwork must be submitted no later than November 20, 2020, 11:59pm PST.

  • Late submissions will not be considered.

  • Artists selected will receive notification confirming acceptance by email.

*** Email questions to (with subject line “Question: Student Artist Open Call”).


  • Open to high school and college students.

  • Artists must be 16 years of age or older.

  • Selected artists under 18 years of age must submit a parental release form (emailed after acceptance).

  • Submissions must represent ONLY original artwork of applicants.


First Prize Winner

  • First Prize Achievement Award provided and Certificate of Participation from Building Bridges.

  • Portfolio review by: Marisa Caichiolo, Executive Director, Founder of Building Bridges Art Exchange, international curator, artist; Petra Eiko, Director of Education of Building Bridges Art Exchange, artist; Luciana Abait, artist.

  • Display of work on all BBAX social media.

  • Display of work on BBAX website.

  • One year of the BBAX “Bronze Membership” (worth $250). Includes: monthly newsletter, virtual special members only preview of art shows with introduction to artists, invites for members only Zoom conversations with artists.

  • Invitation to participate in one BBAX Virtual Masterclass (worth $150).

  • Invitation to participate in our virtual BBAX Summer Camp.


Second Prize Winner

  • Second Prize Achievement Award and Certificate of Participation from Building Bridges.

  • Display of work on all BBAX social media.

  • Display of work on BBAX website.

  • One year of the BBAX “Friends Membership” (worth $75). Includes: monthly newsletter, virtual special members only preview of art shows with introduction to artists.

  • Invitation to participate in our virtual BBAX Summer Camp.


Third Prize Winner

  • Second Prize Achievement Award and Certificate of Participation from Building Bridges.

  • Display of work on all BBAX social media.

  • Display of work on BBAX website.

  • Invitation to participate in our virtual BBAX Summer Camp.


*** All other selected artists will receive a Certificate of Participation from Building Bridges Art Exchange and have their work displayed on BBAX social media.


  • Building Bridges Art Exchange reserves the right to extend submission deadlines, and cancel or change final exhibition dates.

  • Submitting artwork does not guarantee inclusion in the final exhibition.

  • By submitting artwork to be considered for exhibition, artists grant Building Bridges Art Exchange a non exclusive license to reproduce images of their artwork for display, promotion, and marketing purposes, including but not limited to the organization’s website and social media without compensation or credit. Building Bridges Art Exchange is granted usage of chosen artwork, for display, marketing and promotional purposes for this and future art exhibitions.