Desert Art Center – Jury Process

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Desert Art Center – Jury Process Season 2023 – 2024




The Desert Art Center is the longest-running art center in the Coachella Valley. We provide art education to adults and children in a range of mediums. Our refurbished gallery, on Palm Canyon Drive is a historic building and was the city’s first school. In normal years we aim for 4 or 5 major shows each year, which are open daily. Gallery members can exhibit and sell their art to the public. We are a non-profit organization and use all our profits for the educational work of our organization

We invite Regular Members of the Desert Art Center to submit artwork to our jury. If you are not a member of the DAC you can join at If accepted you can become a new Gallery Member, display, and sell your work at the DAC. While on our website, check the GALLERY DISPLAY RULES and choose your gallery display category. This is a two-stage application process, initially digital and secondly personal presentation of art. The initial application process is handled by There is a non-refundable $25 jury application fee payable to online juried shows. There will be two juries in our 2023-2024 season

Stage 1 Entry – For the first stage, applicants must submit their work digitally. Go to, create a new account or login. Find the Desert Art Center under Current Shows and follow the instructions. 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 will be 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 width x height (x depth if 3D). Applications are invited in any medium except jewelry.

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 a date and at a time to be agreed. Do check the GALLERY DISPLAY RULES before presenting your work. Your work should be ready for display. It is essential that you live near enough to the Desert Art Center so that you can contribute to its co-operative nature.

Help – For help with the digital application, please follow the link on the website. If you have any other questions, please email

Successful New Gallery Members will be notified by e-mail of the jury’s decisions. If your work is accepted, you will be eligible to become a Gallery Member. After paying the Gallery Member’s fee. You will be invited to participate in our regular shows.

Schedule of Dates
Jury Applications through October 9 – 27 First Show Intake for new members November 27

2nd Jury Applications through– December 4 – 27 First intake for new members – January 29, 2024

Commitment – Once you are a Gallery Member and pay your annual Gallery Member’s dues, you may show your work in our gallery. In turn, you are required to host the gallery for a total of 6 hours per month. This can be done all at once or in 3 hour shifts. You will be asked to attend an orientation, dates to be announced later, and also invited to participate in other volunteer activities.

Liability – By submitting artwork, artists acknowledge insurance is the responsibility of each individual artist. The Desert Art Center will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property owned by you.

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