29th Annual Juried Exhibition

Online Exhibition Dates: July 18–August 29, 2020

Entry Fee: Submission is FREE

Enter Here: https://29thannualjuriedexhibition-athenaeummusic-artslibrary.artcall.org


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:59 PM PST (online only)


The Athenaeum's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held online this year. One of the most prestigious juried shows in the San Diego/Tijuana region, selected artists will have their work exhibited in our online gallery and receive excellent exposure. The call for entries will open Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Deadline to submit is Wednesday, July 1, 2020. There is no submission fee this year.


Artists will be notified of jurying results via email after July 8, 2020. Please, no calls. Questions? See our FAQ.


Jurors: Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice, and Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, Leslie Von Kolb Memorial Award



Artists: Must live, work or exhibit within San Diego County or Tijuana, Mexico.

Media: Maximum 3 digital images per artist. The following media is accepted:

  • 2-D and 3-D (no functional or craft art)
  • Time-based media (please submit one image per video submitted and include a link to Vimeo or YouTube).

Date: Artwork must have been completed within the past 5 years.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:59pm PST

Mail-in entries will not be accepted. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing of the call.


All entries must be submitted online at: https://29thannualjuriedexhibition-athenaeummusic-artslibrary.artcall.org.


Directions to Submit:

  1. Visit https://29thannualjuriedexhibition-athenaeummusic-artslibrary.artcall.org
  2. Include your Artist Bio (75 words or less), website, and social media handles (optional).
  3. Once logged in, visit User Dashboard and click Add New Application+.
  4. Fill out one application per artwork. Each artist may submit up to 3 applications (artwork image entries):
  • Category: Select 2-D or 3-D Media (no functional or craft art) or Time-based Media
  • Application Title: Title of the piece you are submitting.
  • Dimensions: If applicable, include dimensions of your work. Enter 0 for non-dimensional work.
  • Web Address: Include a url link to time-based media only (website, YouTube, Vimeo, etc). Leave blank if 2-D or 3D Media.
  • Year piece was completed
  • Medium: i.e. drawing, oil on canvas, etc.
  • Click Submit Entry Details→
  • Add Entry Attachment: Attach your work image. Image minimum length on longest side: 540px. Image maximum length on longest side: 4600px. Max file size images: 4 mb.
  • Click Complete & View Entry.


To review your submissions, click on My Applications (top right corner in your account). You will see your uploaded images with their titles. You can edit any information or images on your entry (which are automatically re-submitted) up until Wed. Jul 1, 2020 11:59 PM.


Consent for online exhibition, photographic reproductions for publicity, as well as printed and online exhibition materials is assumed as part of the entry process.


Questions: email Jocelyn at jsaucedo@ljathenaeum.org




Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice



Joe Yorty was born in southwest Utah, raised in Southern California, served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, and received an MFA in Visual Art at UCSD in 2013. He currently lives and works in San Diego where he serves as the founding Creative Director for the not-for-profit gallery and project space BEST PRACTICE.


In addition to his work with BEST PRACTICE, Joe is an interdisciplinary artist who employs a range of materials, objects, and methods to make work that largely addresses the anxieties and absurdities of American domestic culture. Including sculpture, collage, video, and photography his studio practice grapples with the stuff of thrift store refuse, last-minute estate sale deals, and the occasional dumpster dive to rub against the pathos of the ceaseless search for fulfillment in the accumulation of things that, to a large extent, defines the American experience in the 21st century. His work has been shown on both coasts of the United States and some places in between.


Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator



Elizabeth Rooklidge is an independent curator based in San Diego. She has recently organized the exhibitions Flavia D'Urso: Slippage of a Strand for Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana (2020); A Show About Touching for Bread & Salt, San Diego (2019); I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari for the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach (2019); and High-Key: Color in Southern California for the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego (2018). She previously served as Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She holds a B.A. in art history from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in art history from Williams College.



Juried Exhibition FAQ


When is the deadline?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, by 11:59pm PST, online only. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing of the call.


What is the entry fee?

There is no fee this year. Submission is free!


How can I get an entry form?

There is no paper form this year. All entries must be submitted through https://29thannualjuriedexhibition-athenaeummusic-artslibrary.artcall.org.


How many works can I submit?

Each artist may submit up to 3 different works (one image per work).


Can I still mail in my entry?

Mail-in entries will not be accepted, as the Athenaeum is currently closed.


Can I just e-mail you my images?
As the jurying will be online only, all artists must upload their entries through the online platform on the Athenaeum's website. E-mail entries will not be accepted.


Who can enter?

Artists who currently live, work, or exhibit within San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico.


Who are the jurors?

Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice

Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator


Why is it different this year?

Due to current health guidelines, this year's submissions, jurying, and exhibition will be online.


I'm having trouble registering online to submit my work. What can I do?

Please watch the tutorial video on https://29thannualjuriedexhibition-athenaeummusic-artslibrary.artcall.org. Please contact Jocelyn at jsaucedo@ljathenaeum.org if you need further assistance.