Thursday, July 19, 2012

Call to Artists: Prayer Flags!

Exciting news!


Give visual voice to your prayers by creating a prayer flag and submitting it to OMA’s Prayer Flag installation on view at Oceanside Museum of Art October 14 through December 31, 2012. Artists are invited to design a unique flag made of fabric and other materials that reflects their current and future hopes and dreams. Flags should be approximately 5” x 8” with a 3” sleeve on the topbackside of the quilt and must arrive at Oceanside Museum of Art by September 21. Please include your name, date and the desired prayer on the back of the Flag. It is suggested that the artist uses an iron on fabric label for this information.

Please address or deliver Flags to following address

OMA Prayer Flag Project
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Artists are responsible for mailing and/or delivering their prayer flag. Flags will only be returned if the artist includes a self-addressed and stamped envelope. All other flags will become property of the museum.

All contributing Prayer Flag artists are invited to a complimentary Artist’s Reception on October 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and are welcome to remain for the preview reception of Quilt National the same day from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to by October 5 if you will be attending the Prayer Flag Artist’s Reception.

The impetus behind this installation, which was inspired by OMA’s Quilt National exhibition on view October 13 through February 12, 2013, was to provide a platform for the regional quilting community to express their prayers and concerns. The OMA Prayer Flag Project is based on Vivika Hansen DeNegre’s The Prayer Flag Project from 2011. She invited people from around the world to join her in making Prayer Flags. Each flag is created in the artist’s own style, then hung outside for a while, its words and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches. For more information view the website managed by artist Jane LaFazio, who has been instrumental in bringing this project to OMA.

Prayer flags have been used in Tibet for centuries as a means to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Traditionally they are woodblock prints printed with text and images that are hung outdoors in high places where the wind passes through the flags carrying the depicted blessings to all people. Flags are most commonly found in five colors; blue, white, red, green and yellow, representing the five elements.  


Opened in 1995, Oceanside Museum of Art educates and inspires through a unique range of diverse engaging exhibitions and programs that connect people with regional, national and global artists and art forms. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Free admission every Tuesday, general admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for students and military. For more information call 760.435.3720 or visit The museum is located at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, California within walking distance from the Oceanside transit center with Amtrak, Coaster, Sprinter and Metrolink stops.  


  1. What is the deadline for submissions, if you know?

  2. Wow. What an amazing opportunity!

  3. Hi I'm working on my Prayer Flag to send to the museum and would like to know if you can add streamers or anything hanging down to blow in the wind that would make it longer than the 8 inches? Please let me know a ASAP so I can continue as I just recently found out about the project:) Hugs Marilou