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Portraits of Desmond - Open Entry Art Show

Hosted by The Butcher Shop and 1078 Gallery

2500 Estes Rd, Chico, CA 95928-7104, United States


1078 Gallery announces an open-entry, pop-up art show in remembrance of Desmond Phillips, the 25-year-old African American man killed in his home during a mental health episode on March 17, 2017, when his father called police for assistance.

The show, Portraits of Desmond, is open to all artists and is free to enter. Entries will be displayed at The Butcher Shop 2017 theatre festival in Chico, taking place on September 2 and 3, 2017.

The goal of this project is to raise awareness about this case and bring attention to efforts being made to address the high incidence of fatal police encounters in our community, especially where mental health issues are involved. 

For ease of display, 2D works (any media including collage, painting, photography) should be 16in wide x 20in tall. This is a standard canvas size, but artists are encouraged to use repurposed or recycled materials to make their work on. 2D entries should be ready to hang. Sculpture, music and performance entries are also welcome.

All works will be for sale for a minimum donation of $25, with all proceeds going the Justice for Desmond campaign. 

Entries may be dropped off at the studio of Ty Mendoza at 688-C Humboldt Ave. in Chico
at the following times:
Sunday August 27, 12-4pm
Monday August 28, 4-6pm

The Butcher Shop theatre festival takes place on September 2 and 3, the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. This popular free annual event is open to all and includes an original play with live music, food trucks, and a sculpture garden. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car (biking/walking encouraged). The event takes place at 2500 Estes Road, Chico. Grounds open at 5:30pm for viewing of the project. The play begins at 8pm. For more information on the event, see or the Facebook event at

1078 Gallery (currently closed temporarily while we search for a new gallery space,) is sponsoring this show.

Contact the project organizers:

Erin Wade

Ty Mendoza

Later Event: September 5
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