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Maximum Occupancy
Compete for a $1000 Prize!


The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is excited to announce a two-month long “Maximum Occupancy” Competition!


The Jean Wells exhibition, Icons of Desire, has a brand new Smart Car exhibited prominently in the lobby of OMA that has been converted into a mosaic tile Taxi sculpture artwork. The sculpture is named “Maximum Occupancy: 7”. In an entertaining and artful manner, the museum would like to “challenge” the artist about the accuracy of this sculpture title...


We would like to invite any group of individuals or organization (i.e. fraternity/sorority, dance, yoga, company, high school, circus, nonprofit, etc.) to come and “cram” as many bodies into the Taxi sculpture as possible. The competition will last until June 15, the last day of the exhibition. The winning team will win a $1,000 cash prize, in addition to significant media and OMA website attention. The winning team will be the most bodies/persons that can fit into the Smart Car/Taxi sculpture in a safe manner. If there is a tie, then the team with the best team name and theme/costumes will win! The winning team will be juried by the OMA staff and announced on June 19 at 5 p.m.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE: To be eligible for the $1,000 cash prize, please follow these instructions:


1 - Form a team and choose a team name and artistic approach

* thematic costumes are encouraged but not required

2 - Get team together at OMA during open hours

* Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am-4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm, closed Mondays

3 - Check-in at the OMA front desk and fill out or submit an official team participants/liability release form. 

4 - Create a video documenting each body/person (without shoes) entering the Smart Car/Taxi sculpture and closing the doors.

* Car windows must remain open

* Rear window must remain closed

* Limbs may hang out of windows, but all bodies/torsos must be completely inside the car

5 - Submit your completed video documentation.

* Tag OMA @oceansidemuseum on video submittal site

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            * Must also use hashtag #OMAmaxocc 

6 - Team videographer must fill out Competition Submission Form and agree to terms, releasing rights to OMA for the video content. Form also available at the OMA front desk.