Calls for Entries

Current open calls:

  • Illuminations Deadline 10/6/14 (through Online Juried Shows). Registration is now closed for this event. See the exhibit here.



Artists Guild 2nd Annual Plein Air Exhibition! 


Registration is now closed for this event.



The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild is proud to present our 2nd Annual Plein Air Exhibition.

“Plein Air” means, “painting outside.” This approach to art- making emerged in 19th Century France, and was initially seen as revolutionary.  Plein Air painting has been an important regional school of art in California since the early 20th Century.

Are you a plein air painter?  We invite you to submit your best plein air paintings for this exhibition.

Juror: Ariel Plotek, Ph.D.

Ariel Plotek is Associate Curator of Modern Art at The San Diego Museum of Art. His main field of expertise is Modern European art, particularly French art of the 19th century. At The San Diego Museum of Art, Dr. Plotek has organized a wide variety of loan exhibitions and focused presentations of the permanent collection, from photojournalism to plein air painting. Notably, he was the curator of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris: Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art.

Cash Awards:

  • “The Award of Excellence” - $500 1st, $250 2nd, $150 3rd Place
  • Featured Artist article on the home page of The Artists Guild website
  • Mention in The San Diego Museum of Art Members Magazine

Exhibition Calendar:

  • September 21            Entry deadline - 11:59 p.m.
  • See Prospectus for details.


Exhibition Entry Process (Watch video)




ENTRY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All entries are submitted online. Images should be uploaded in JPEG (.jpg) format of at least 700 px on the short side, and less than 2 MB.  Entry fee will be paid through the Artists Guild shopping cart prior to uploading your entry.  


In order to participate in an Artists Guild competition, you must have a Participant Profile registered on our site.  If you do not have an account on the site, please first Create a Guest Account. Then follow these simple steps:  (Artists Guild Members, your information will be pulled from your existing artist’s profile. Please follow the steps below to verify the contact information and add your phone number.) 

  1. Login to the site.
  2. Click My Account
  3. Click the Edit tab
  4. Click Participant Info tab
  5. Fill in all required information and 
  6. Click SAVE

    This Participant Info profile will be used for this and any future SDMAAG competition that you enter. You only need to complete this information once.

Now you are ready to enter the competition! 

First, you must make your payment.  Click here to make payment for the current show.


After completing your payment, return to the SDMAAG website to continue uploading your artwork entry.

  1. Login if you are not already logged in.
  2. Click on My Account
  3. Click View Participation tab
  4. Click link to Add New Entry.
  5. Select the name of the competition from the drop down list.
  6. Enter information for each entry and upload your image.
  7. SAVE your entry. Saving submits your entry to the competition. You may return to the View Participation tab to review or edit your entry as many times as you like until the entry deadline.



Questions?  Contact



The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild sponsors competitive art exhibitions and group exhibitions several times every year. Check this page for current "call to artist "link, or to see results from previous exhibitions.


Specific themes, eligibility and restrictions, awards and entry fees vary and are included in the prospectus for each competition.  Entry process is the same for all competitions.  Consider creating your participant profile now for future competitions.  This will ensure that you are on the mailing list when we send out notification that a new call for entries has been posted.



Previous Exhibitions:



2014 Members Exhibition 
The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild 


Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, California
March 28 – April 26, 2014

Juror: Kay Colvin




Artists Guild Members-Only Exhibit:

(Not a member?  Join today!



Reflections - Open Juried Exhibition

Gallery 21, Spanish Village, San Diego, CA

January 2-13, 2014

(Online exhibition, January 2-31, 2014)





Contemporary Expressionism - The Creative Spirit 


International Art Exhibition 2013

At Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, California, and

 The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Online Gallery

September 7- October 13, 2013

Juror: Derrick Cartwright