Desert Art Center – Jury Process

how it works

The Desert Art Center invites local artists to submit artwork to our jury for review. If accepted, you can become a new Gallery Member and display and sell your work at the DAC. Please be aware that this is a co-operative gallery and members are expected to host the gallery one day a month as a minimum contribution and take part in its co-operative nature. This is a two-part application process, during which your art will initially be assessed in the first stage as digital images. Please read the Gallery Display Rules on our website and choose the gallery display category for your application.

Fees – There is a non-refundable $25 jury application fee payable to onlinejuriedshows. Successful Gallery members are also required to pay an annual $50 Gallery Hanging fee. This is payable to the DAC if you are accepted.

Stage 1: Digital Entry — For the first stage, please follow the Rules for Digital Submission. As a new applicant, you may submit in only one category. (Existing Gallery members may submit in a new section but please read the gallery display rules for requirements.) You are asked to submit between 6-10 digital images of your artwork. The title of each photo should contain the Title of the work, the Medium and Size. We regret that we are not accepting applications for photography or jewelry this year.

Stage 2: Shortlist Entry — From the initial applicants, the jurors will select a shortlist of artists, who will be asked to bring in two representative pieces of work on Saturday, Nov 19, between 9-10am to the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. Your artwork is required to meet gallery hanging standards, please read the Gallery Display Rules. You will be able to collect your art between 1-2pm. If you are selected at this stage, you must become a Regular Member of the DAC; we invite you to do this online at Joining at this stage of the year, your membership will last through 2023

Help – For problems with the initial digital application, please follow the Help link on the website. Any other questions to

Successful New Gallery Members will be notified by email with the results of the jury’s review. If your work is accepted, you will be eligible to become a Gallery Member. Since all Gallery Members who show work in the gallery are required to spend one day a month hosting the gallery, you will be required to attend an orientation, dates to be announced later.


Jury Process opens for digital submission via — Monday, October 3

Last day Digital applications — Friday, November 11, 2022

Finalist Submissions in person — Saturday, November 19, 9am -10am

First intake for new show — Monday, November 27, 10am to 2pm

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