Desert Art Center – Jury Process


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 local artists to join the Desert Art Center by taking out a Regular annual membership. You may then submit artwork to our annual jury process in October and, if accepted, you will become a Gallery Member, eligible to display and sell your work in the DAC gallery. There is a non-refundable $20 jury application fee payable to onlinejuriedshows. Successful Gallery Members are also required to pay an annual gallery hanging fee which is currently $50 payable to the DAC.

Stage 1: Entry 

Applicants for the Jury process must already hold a Regular membership with the Desert Art Center.

For the first stage, applicants 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 but we cannot promise to accept all mediums.

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 Friday, March 12, between 9-10am. Artwork will undergo an independent review by art professional and gallery owner Adrienne Adler. You may collect the work later that day between 3-4pm.  Do check the GALLERY DISPLAY RULES before presenting your work. Your work should be ready for display. Keep this date free in your calendar.  At the second stage you will be asked to send us a bio and it is essential that you live near enough to the Desert Art Center so that you can contribute to its co-operative nature.


For help with the digital application, please follow the link on the website. Any other questions to

Successful New Gallery Members

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail with the jury’s decisions. If your work is accepted, you will be eligible to become a Gallery Member. You will be invited to participate in our regular shows which is likely to be April.

Schedule of Dates 

Jury Process opens through TBA

Last day Digital applications – TBA

Shortlisted Finalist Submissions in person – TBA

First intake for new show – TBA


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 one day each month. You will be asked to attend an orientation, dates to be announced later and also invited to participate in other volunteer activities. 


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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