Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes

Be entered to WIN a free, limited edition Naughty Dog Art Print! All you have to do is post a picture of your favorite piece from our Naughty Dog 30 Year Anniversary tribute exhibition with the hashtag #NAUGHTYDOG30 on our Facebook page or on Twitter for a chance to WIN one of several art prints which we've debuted to commemorate 30 years of Naughty Dog (no purchase or gallery presence necessary; just use a picture that you already took during the exhibit's opening night or grab one from the Gallery Nucleus website).
One lucky winner will be announced online after October 12th when the promotion period has ended. Please read the following contest rules before entering:


The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and D.C. only and is construed 
and evaluated according to California law. Do not enter this Promotion if you are not a legal resident of, 
and located in, the 50 United States or D.C. at the time of entry.


By participating in the Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”), each entrant (or his 
or her parent or legal guardian if the entrant is under the age of majority in his or her state of residence) 
unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions 
of Nucleus Studios Inc. (“Sponsor”), which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible 
for the collection and selection entries and the Promotion’s overall administration. Entrants should look 
solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Promotion.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District 
of Columbia who are at 13 years of age or older who have a valid Twitter or Facebook account 
and follow @gallerynucleus. Entrants under the legal age of majority in their state of residence 
must have permission to enter the Promotion from their parent or guardian. Employees of Sponsor 
and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, and agencies and 
immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, 
regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, 
are not eligible to enter or win. Void in all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military 
installations and where prohibited or restricted by law.

2. TIMING: The Promotion begins September 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon Pacific Standard Time and 
ends on October 12, 2014 at 12:00 Midnight Pacific Standard Time (the “Promotion Period”).

3. HOW TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter:

3.1. Entrants must tweet their favorite image of any piece of art from the Gallery Nucleus Naughty 
Dog exhibition (“Entry”), including the hashtag “#NAUGHTYDOG30” and @GalleryNucleus in 
the post, during the Promotion Period. The artwork can be found at Gallery Nucleus or on the 
Gallery Nucleus web site (

3.2. Entrants must post their favorite image of any piece of art from the Nucleus Naughty Dog 
exhibition (“Entry”) on the Gallery Nucleus Facebook page (
gallerynucleus), including the hashtag “#NAUGHTYDOG30” and @GalleryNucleus in the post, 
during the Promotion Period. The artwork can be found at Gallery Nucleus or on the Gallery 
Nucleus web site (

4. ENTRY CONDITIONS: The authorized account holder of the Twitter or Facebook account used 
to enter the Promotion is deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural 
person assigned to the Twitter or Facebook account. Each potential winner may be required to 
show proof of being the authorized account holder.

5. PRIZE: One First Prize winner will receive one Naughty Dog Art Print produced by Gallery Nucleus 
(Total First Prize ARV $35.00). Prize fulfillment is based on availability. Please allow 2 weeks for 
prize delivery from the time a winner provides delivery information to Sponsor. Taxes on prize, 
if any, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winners of a prize valued at $600 or more will 
receive a Federal Tax Form 1099. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you 
have further questions. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in 
its sole discretion, unless such substitution is prohibited by law. Sponsor may disqualify a winner 
and select an alternate winner if any prize is returned undeliverable. Prizes are non-transferable. 
Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on the winner’s request.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

7. WINNER SELECTION: Two potential winning entrants will be selected by random drawing on or 
about October 17, 2014. Potential winning entrants will be contacted via direct Tweet or Facebook 
private message. If a potential winning entrant is determined by Sponsor to be unqualified to 
participate in this Promotion or does not respond to Sponsor’s correspondence within 48 hours, the 
potential winning entrant will be disqualified and a new potential winning entrant will be selected by 

8. REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: The potential winning entrant may be required to complete 
an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) in accordance with the instructions listed in 
the notification correspondence. Any entrant who fails or refuses to sign and return the required 
documentation within the time period as specified by Sponsor will be disqualified. If a potential 
winning entrant is considered a minor in the legal jurisdiction in which the entrant resides, then 
that entrant’s parent or legal guardian may be required to execute and return the Affidavit. Non-compliance with these Official Rules or failure to return all required documentation by the stated 
deadline or Sponsor’s inability to contact an entrant (using the contact information provided in his 
or her registration) within a reasonable time period, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion may 
result in disqualification and the forfeiture of the prize.

9. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes entrant’s consent 
to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of the entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, 
hometown, state and any other information submitted to Sponsor by entrant for promotional 
purposes, or on a winner’s list, if applicable, in any media, worldwide, without further payment or 

10. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential winning entrants are subject to Sponsor’s verification. 
Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential 
winners must comply with the Official Rules, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all 
requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, 
lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer 
transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an entrant’s ability to participate 
in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Entries generated by script, macro 
or other automated means or with the intent to impair the integrity of the Promotion will be void. 
Sponsor has the sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Promotion should viruses, 
bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the 
administration, security or proper play of the Promotion or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable 
of running the Promotion as planned. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to entrant’s contact 
information. Any individual who attempts or otherwise encourages, directly or indirectly, the 
submission of false entries, as determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified. Sponsor has the sole 
discretion to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process. Sponsor has the sole 
discretion to disqualify entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the 
Promotion or engage in any conduct that is deemed, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to be harassing, 
detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Promotion or any other entrant. Sponsor has no obligation to 
return any entry consideration, if applicable, submitted by a disqualified entrant.

11. RELEASE: As a condition of participating in the Promotion, entrants release the Sponsor and its 
respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, advertising and promotional agencies, and 
all of their officers, directors, shareholders, members, employees, and agents (collectively, the 
Promotion Entities”) from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever 
including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, 
preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Promotion, or possession, acceptance or use of 
prizes or participation in any Promotion-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, 
copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Promotion Entities are not responsible for: any incorrect or 
inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; lost, stolen, mutilated, mis-delivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete or untimely entries that may limit entrant’s ability 
to participate in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence; failures, omissions, 
interruptions, deletions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online system, computer 
equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other 
person's computer relating to participation or inability to participate in the Promotion; inability to 
access the Site or upload information or data; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access 
to, or alteration of, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due 
to telephone, computer, or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the 
Internet or any website (including the Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other 
errors; or any combination thereof. Proof of uploading information or data or entering information at 
the Site is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete entries will 
be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive entries or acts, as determined by Sponsor, render 
entrants ineligible and all associated entries will be void.

13. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION: Information collected in connection with the Promotion will be 
collected in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at
Support/PrivacyPolicy. By participating in the Promotion, each entrant agrees to the terms of 

14. GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation 
and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in 
connection with this Promotion are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the 
State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the 
State of California or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of any other state’s 
laws. Entrants hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the Federal and State 
Courts in San Mateo, California for the purposes of any suit related to the Promotion and waive any 
claim that they are not subject personally to the jurisdiction of said courts or that any such suit or 
other proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or improper venue.

15. WINNER LIST: To obtain a winner list by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to
“Naughty Dog Exhibition Art Sweepstakes”, Nucleus Studios Inc., 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, 
CA 91801. Sponsor will send requested winner lists within 4-6 weeks after all prizes are awarded. 
Requests for the winner list must be received by November 1, 2014.

16. SPONSOR: Nucleus Studios Inc., 210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801.

Good luck!


X-Mans: An Exhibition by Brandon Bird & Friends

Join us this weekend as we host artist Brandon Bird for an exhibition based upon the peculiar contents of one children's superhero coloring book.

The story behind Bird's 
X-Mans show took shape a decade ago, when he found an X-Men coloring book in a Watsonville dollar store. The artist found the activity book's non-traditional anatomy intriguing, its early industrial setting inexplicable. Needless to say, images of X-Men standing around water coolers ultimately emerged as the inspirational source material for this weekend's exhibit. 

Bird has asked his artist friends to present their own interpretations of this unique work. 
Each piece is displayed next to the coloring page that inspired it, credited to Ronald & Donald Williams. The fact that the coloring book was an officially licensed Marvel product provides the satirical reference point to which each piece certainly imbibes!

The show will be on display in our upper gallery on May 17th, 18th and 20th, with the opening reception taking place on Sunday, May 18th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Any questions or purchase inquiries can be directed at; you can also follow @Brandon_Bird on Twitter for updates. 

From top to bottom: "Magic Man, Magic Land" by John Larriva, "Visor Man Encircled by the Sun" by Joel Fox, "The Immovable Object" by Jeff Ramirez


Registrar Intern Opportunity

Nucleus is accepting applications for registrar intern. The ideal candidate will work closely with our Lead Curator & Registrar in regards to inventory control, managing collection records, and release of artwork to collectors or artists.

Job Description:

  • Assisting the gallery curator in preparing the gallery for hanging
  • Hands-on work with artwork
  • Hanging, wrapping, and breaking down exhibitions
  • Artwork entry and updates in our system
  • Assisting Registrar miscellaneous tasks
  • Work with charities for artwork donation
  • Basic retail store tasks such as ringing sales, restock received orders


  • Passionate about working hands-on with gallery artwork
  • Friendly and works well in a team environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Detail oriented with special attention to accuracy
  • Organized, professional, punctual, and strong desire for quality and excellent customer service
  • Available to work some Saturday evening events
  • Eager to learn

Currently, only non-paid internships are available. However we do offer school credit (if applicable), store discounts, recommendation letters, resume and portfolio assistance. Interns are required a minimum of 8 hours per week. Duration of internship to be determined.

TO APPLY, please email us a cover letter and résumé to 

No phone calls or walk-ins please.
Sunday and Monday hours are not available.



Book Review: Object 10

What is nostalgia without a solution of the new to activate it?

Killian Eng's works are pop sci fi lost artifacts from the late 70s or early 80s. An artist who's work feels like it has existed for the last 30 years and is just now being discovered or re discovered and digitally remastered. It is a retro future, a yesterday's tomorrow of an era when cd's were making their debut. Its phsychadelic but so much more a sci fi trip than an acid one. He works primarily with lines and dots and whatever texture is suggested by a combination of the two. I love the flat colors, gradations and airbrush styles that are signatures of his work. Amongst a sharpened hyper age of HD everything I have become a sucker for the look of a VHS video.

His first book Object 5 and this new book Object 10 was adequately titled as the size and content have doubled since his first debut. What was once an indy pub soft cover 8.5 x 5.5 soft cover is now an 8.5 x 11 hardcover printed in better quality.

I am not sure how long the artist has worked in this style but Killian knows his medium well. There is a strong fashion and architectural sensibility present in the work. The perspective is often two or one point and often imperfect but it is what partly gives its charm.

One of my favorite activities is to try and guess at an artists' influences without any confirmation or evidence to back up my claims and upon close inspection of Killian's work...well,here goes: Nintendo game box art, Syd Mead, Moebius, Katushiro Otomo, dreams, German symbolist painters and kittens. Killian if you are reading this please confirm. The rest of you join in with your own guesses.

(Were a whole game or film were set in this world then sign me up. In the mean time I will stare at his alien utopias, and dream about past futures.)

(Not sure what this is but I it is an illustrated diagram of what it feels like to burp, sneeze and cry at the same time.)

(I had a dream like this once...I think you were in it. We made some sweet dark tunes. Weird....)

If you miss MTV's Liquid television, Laser discs, and the original DUNE you may want to pick this book up...with your power glove.


Book Review: Mint Corral 2

The idealized female form has been the subject of many. The cartoon female is equally diverse in its various proportions and styles. It's a fine art in itself to make a female cartoon character appealing, much less anatomically elegant and convincing.

Some who have inspired in this field are: Glen Keane, Fred Moore, Earl Oliver Hurst, Mary Blair...the list goes on and on.

Elsa Chang is currently a freelance character designer and in her latest self published sketchbook, she has amassed another collection of drawings of the feminine and zoological variety. They are characters that fit within the scope of the standard Disney influenced western animation genre but she does it with a flair that feels fresh and uniquely her. These are not just studies of figures posing, these characer studies actually have character that can be a struggle to capture for many artists. 

The confidence of the ink work and fluidity is superb and effortless. She is often not so much drawing as she is creating work of calligraphy. I would even venture to guess that she has had english or chinese calligraphy as part of her past training.
The book its self is only thirty two pages, and seemingly with a lot of negative space, but with one to two figures poised per page it feels a bit like a fashion catalog and very much fitting of the staple bound medium she chose to publish this book.

(Fashionistas come in all sizes and shapes. Mint Corral 1 has even more examples of this.)

Each book is only $9.95, so it's no brainier to get Mint Corral 1 and 2 as a set.

You can also browse some of her original ink drawings, some of which are still available here:

(OMG! look at this horse drawing...I love the balance of black patterns and the way it leads your eye around the drawing. This is one of my favorites and for $60 you now know what to give to the horse / art lover.)


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