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Win cash prizes and ribbons

Artists can enter their paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and mixed media for cash awards and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Exhibition of Fine Art.

Missed The Entry Deadline?

Enter the Fair’s art contests: Plein Air Painting, Miniature Masterpiece or (new this year in honor of our Fair Ozsome theme), the “Pawsome” Dog Portrait Contest! You must register in advance for each of these contests that happen during the Fair.

Plein Air Painting Contest
Miniature Masterpiece Contest
“Pawsome” Dog Portrait Contest

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about how to enter this exhibit.

The Exhibition of Fine Art is open to all living artists, 18 and older. Artwork must be original and completed within the last two years, and be executed and owned by the entering artist.

The processing fee is $20 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable.

You may enter up to five entries per class, and enter as many classes as you like.

The Exhibition of Fine Art is a two-tier, juried show. First, you enter a digital image or images of your 2D or 3D artwork. Judges determine which works will advance to Tier 2 judging, which is done on-site.

Yes. If you would like to sell your artwork, indicate the price during the entry registration process. If you do not want to sell, leave the price field blank. Listing a sale price authorizes the Fair to contact you with interested buyers’ contact information. The sales transaction is strictly between the artist and prospective buyers. Additional details about selling your work is in the Entry Information materials.

Yes, there are three contests: Plein Air Painting, Miniature Masterpiece and a new contest, “Pawsome” Dog Portrait. Please see our Contests section for more information.

Kids and teens can enter their individual artwork in Creative Youth. Art teachers can enter students’ work in Best of K-6 Schools (K-6 grade), or in Student Showcase (7th grade through community college).

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Our Judges

Ray C. Brown
Annie Clavel
Toni Danchik
Gil Dellinger
Frank Eber
Brian Giberson
Lisa Mozzini-McDill
Sherry Salito-Forsen
Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres

Entry Information

Entry Deadline: Entries are closed for this competition.
Awards Ceremony: By invitation only to exhibitors who advanced to Tier 2.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Results posted: By June 15, 2019.
Exhibit pick-up date
: Saturday, July 6, 2019.

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