Desert Art Center – Jury Process

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 of $40 per year, good through Jan 2023.  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.

Desert Art Center – Jury Process Fall 2021

 Jury Process is open for Digital applications via
 Last day Digital applications — Friday, November 12, 2021
 Finalist Submissions delivered to DAC — Saturday, November 20, 9am – 10am
 First intake for new show — Monday, November 29is 


To ensure the jury process is equitable and fair, DAC’s Jury is judged at the digital entry stage by an anonymous 3-person ‘blind’ jury, meaning that none of the 3 jurors know who the other two are. For the second stage we invite an independent art professional to come to DAC to conduct the final review of shortlisted entries that have been dropped off at the Center.



Senior Curator

Heather James Gallery, Palm Desert

Chip Tom is the Senior Curator for Heather James Fine Art and is based in Los Angeles and Palm Desert. He has curated many acclaimed art and design exhibitions globally, including Ketty La Rocca, and The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. Chip has worked with museums ranging from Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva, to the USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena. Most recent projects include serving as the guest curator for Art Macau 2019. He received his BA from Yale University. Chip lectures extensively with recent groups including the California Desert Art Council, and Yale University Alumni.

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. Digital submissions are accepted from October 4 – November 12. 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 Saturday, Nov. 20, between 9 and 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 Monday, October 4 

Last day Digital applications – Friday, November 12

Shortlisted Finalist Submissions in person – Saturday, November 20

First intake for new show – Monday, November 29


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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