Desert Art Center – Jury Process

Desert Art Center’s Jury Selection occurs once a year, in October. We invite Regular Members of the Desert Art Center to submit artwork to our jury. If you are not a member and wish to submit for our jury process, please join DAC at the base membership fee.  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 $25 jury application fee payable to onlinejuriedshows. Successful Gallery Members are also required to pay an annual gallery hanging fee, currently $50, payable to the DAC.

how it works: Jury procedure

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. This is processed through a third-party website,  You may submit in only one category:
2D — painting, photography (flat, wall hanging artwork)
3D — ceramics, mosaic, glass, sculpture, assemblage
FINE CRAFT: Jewelry, fiber arts, basketwork, etc

Existing Gallery members may submit in a new section but please read the gallery display rules for requirements. You will be asked to upload and 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, a panel of 3 DAC jurors will select a shortlist of artists, who will be asked to bring in two representative pieces of work. Artwork will undergo an independent review by an outside, independent art professional. At the second stage you will also be asked to send us a bio. It is essential that you live near enough to the Desert Art Center so that you can contribute to the co-operative nature of DAC.

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 occur 5 times a year and run for 2 months each.


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 you are 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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