2016 Calendar of Competitive Shows

The Ventura County Arts Council Presents

(Subject to Change)


County Government Center • Hall of Administration • Atrium Gallery

800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA • Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm  and Holidays


Art Without Representation

Friday, January 15th -- Tuesday, March 1st

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, January 1st
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, January 8th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, January 13th
Reception:  Friday, January 29th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, March 2nd


Singular Forms, Features, People and Things

Friday, March 4th -- Tuesday, April 12th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, February 19th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, February 26th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, March 2nd
Reception:  Friday, March 18th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, April 13th

Earth Day

The Annual Checkup, How Are We Doing?

Friday, April 15th -- Tuesday, May 24th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, April 1st
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, April 8th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, April 13th
Reception:  Friday, April 29th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, May 25th


Cobbled Together People, Animals, Machines

Friday, May 27th -- Tuesday, July 5th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, May 13th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, May 20th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, May 25th
Reception:  Friday, June 10th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, July 6th

The 101 Corridor

Sights Along a 1,000 Mile Swath of the West Coast

Friday, July 8th -- Tuesday, August 23rd

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, June 24th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, July 1st
Art Take-in: Wednesday, July 6th
Reception:  Friday, July 22nd 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, August 24th


Depictions of the Barely Believable

Friday, August 26th -- Tuesday, October 11th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, August 12th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, August 19th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, August 24th
Reception:  Friday, September 9th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, October 12th

New Work

The Latest Work From Our Artists

Friday, October 14th -- Tuesday, November 29th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, September 30th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, October 7th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, October 12th
Reception:  Friday, October 28th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, November 30th

County Employee | Retiree Show

"A National Arts Program Competition"

Friday,December 2nd -- Tuesday, January 10th

*Applications due to VCAC: Friday, November 20th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, November 29th 4p - 7p
Thursday, November 30th 7a - 10a
Reception & Awards Ceremony: 
Friday, December 16th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Go to to review detailed "Call to Artists" for each show and for instructions on submitting artwork to br juried for each show.

* Submissions by the deadline are typically given priority over those received after the dealine. Notice of acceptance is sent about one week later.

The Atrium Gallery is managed by the VCAC to provide a wide array of visual arts from diverse artists for the community's enjoyment and education, while coexisting within an active public workplace. Juried competetive shows are held throughout the year with the upper floor occaisionally used for curated exhibitions (not shown above). The VCAC usually juries submissions to competitive shows, but it secures outside Judges to select award winners. Jurying is FREE; artists only pay for work that is juried into a show (at rates that are coparable to other galleries). Approximately 3000 citizens and 1200 employees pass through the gallery daily. Its three floors includes some 400 linear feet of exhibit walls as well as limited room for free-standing small and large three-dimensional work. One-off "installation pieces" are welcomed; give us a proposal. for more imformation contact the atrium gallery at gallery@vcartscouncil.org and visit our website at www.VCArtsCouncil.org and view images of the gallery.

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