Call to Artists: The 13th Annual Art About Agriculture Exhibition

Santa Paula Art Museum

Santa Paula, CA


The Ag Art Alliance presents

The 13th Annual Art About Agriculture Exhibition

On view November 14, 2020 through March 7, 2021*

$500 in prizes will be awarded

Art will be on exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum

117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, California, 93060

About the Santa Paula Art Museum

Art creates community. That’s our mantra here at the Santa Paula Art Museum. We believe that art strengthens our community by providing opportunities for self-expression, connection, learning, and joy. Occupying two beautifully renovated, historic buildings in the heart of downtown Santa Paula, California, the Santa Paula Art Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, art classes for children and adults, Free Family Days, creative community events, a well-curated gift shop, and more.

Purpose of Art About Agriculture

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by artists Gail Pidduck and John Nichols. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote awareness of agriculture by using art to explore its many facets - from workers to water, from machinery to fields, to the food that goes on our plates. Click here to watch a short video with the curators.

Please review all of the entry rules and requirements below carefully. Failure to adhere to any one of these rules and requirements will result in your entry being disqualified from the jurying process.

*Please note that in the event that the Museum must close in accordance with COVID-19 public health directives, the exhibit will be made available online and the sale of artworks will be made possible online and by phone (the same run dates will apply to the online exhibit: November 14, 2020 through March 7, 2021).


Art About Agriculture is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in both two- and three-dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration may include (but is not limited to) depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, and rural life. Art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture will also be considered.

All types of media will be considered including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, metals, and/or fabric arts. Video and digital technologies will also be considered (the artist will be responsible for providing all necessary video or digital equipment in the event that their work is accepted). Only work created within the last three years will be eligible. Only work not previously shown at the Santa Paula Art Museum will be considered.

No giclées or reproductions will be accepted (except in the case of photographic prints).


Artists may enter a maximum of 3 works for consideration. Work that needs to be hung should not exceed 150 pounds and the size limit is 36” x 48” (larger pieces will be considered but space is usually limited). Wall hung work must be framed and wired for hanging. Works on paper should be glazed. Please label the back or underside of artworks with your name, title of the artwork, date of the artwork, medium, and dimensions. The Ag Art Alliance and Santa Paula Art Museum reserve the right at all times to exclude any work that presents complex exhibition challenges or is not up to museum standards.

Please note that you can now fill out your entry form and submit your entries using our online system at This is the preferred method of entry.

Entry Requirements for Images and Documents

  1. A completed entry form with your full name, contact information, artwork titles, dates of creation, mediums, dimensions, and prices. The entry form can be submitted via the Museum’s online entry system at Your entry form must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.
  2. Up to 3 digital images attached to your entry form via the Museum’s online system at

Selection of artworks will be made from digital images submitted via the Museum’s online entry system at You may include up to 3 digital images formatted as JPEGs at 300 pixels per inch, sized to at least 4x5 inches (this size reproduces best for publicity purposes). In the file name of each of your digital images, you must include your full name, the artwork title, the date of creation, medium, and dimensions (e.g., Jane Smith, Title, 2018, Oil on canvas, 24x36.jpg).

If your files are too large to attach, please use a service like Dropbox. Dropbox folders can be shared with [email protected]. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554 if you have any questions about image or file formatting. Your digital images must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.

*Please note that we select images to use in our promotions and the exhibition catalog based on suitable file resolution as well as artistic quality. To possibly see your artwork(s) used in promotions, your image files must be high enough resolution for print media, which is 300 pixels per inch.

  1. Your artist biography attached to your entry form via the Museum’s online system at

Biographies must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) and should be no longer than one page. Your bio must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.

  1. A brief interpretative text (50 words or less) to accompany each artwork attached to your entry form via the Museum’s online system at

Text(s) should suggest an interpretation for your imagery. Interpretations need not be literal or definitive. They will be used to inform the Museum’s curatorial and educational teams (they may or may not be used in exhibit labels). Your text(s) must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). Each text file should be clearly labeled to correspond to each individual art piece. Your brief interpretative text(s) must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.


Works for this exhibition will be selected by a panel of the Ag Art Alliance’s curatorial staff.


All artworks must be available for purchase to be eligible for this exhibit. The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Ag Art Alliance will receive a 40% commission on all sales. The artist will receive 60%.

Entry Fee

After submitting your entries via our online system at, you will be automatically redirected to PayPal and prompted to pay your $30.00 entry fee. The fee covers the submission of up to 3 images. Submissions will not be viewed until the processing fee is received. If you would prefer to mail your entry fee, please make checks and money orders payable to the Santa Paula Art Museum and mail to: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Your entry fee must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.

Use of Art for Publicity

Submission of a digital image by an artist constitutes agreement for the Santa Paula Art Museum to reproduce that image for catalog, publicity, website, social media, and educational purposes unless otherwise specified by the artist.


The Museum exercises the same care and respect to loans as it does in the safekeeping of its own property. The artwork will be insured under the Santa Paula Art Museum’s policy with AXA Insurance Co., 3 West 35th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10001, phone: (212) 415-8400. The lender will be named as an additional named insured under this policy. 

Delivery and Return of Art

The artist is responsible for delivering their art to the Santa Paula Art Museum before the exhibition and taking it off site after the exhibition. Artists outside of the immediate area may ship their art to the Museum. Incoming shipments must include a pre-paid return shipping label. The artist assumes all risk of loss or damage in shipping to and from the Santa Paula Art Museum, and the artist agrees to purchase any and all insurance they deem necessary to indemnify themselves against any loss or damage in shipping. Please see the calendar of important dates below for delivery and return dates.
Artwork(s) must be picked up on the date specified following the close of the exhibition as the Museum is unable to offer storage space. Please note, if an artwork has not been retrieved by the artist or a duly authorized agent on the date specified following the closing date of the exhibition, or if shipping or other arrangements have not been made prior to the closing date of the exhibition, the Museum will consider all rights of the artist to their artwork(s) forfeited and the artwork(s) will be donated to the Museum’s annual art auction

Calendar of Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: November 14, 2020 through March 7, 2021

Premiere Party: Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum (each artist plus one guest receives free admission to the premiere party)

Entry form, digital images, artist’s bio, interpretative text(s), and entry fee must all be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of artists’ work will be delivered by Friday, October 9, 2020.

Actual Work to Arrive at Museum: Monday, November 9, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (unless other arrangements are made). If you work is accepted, you will be informed which pieces need to be delivered.

Return of Work: Monday, March 8, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Artworks cannot be removed from the exhibition prior to this date.

Questions? Please contact Curator John Nichols of the Ag Art Alliance by calling (805) 525-7804 or email [email protected], or Museum Marketing Director Julie Cluster by calling (805) 525-5554 ext. 102 or email [email protected].

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