2018 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


Spring , Summer, Fall, Winter

Friday, January 12th -- Tuesday, February 27th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, December 29th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, January 5th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, January 10th
Reception:  Friday, January 26th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, February 28th

Studies | Series

Artist Studies in Any Medium

Friday, March 2nd -- Tuesday, April 10th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, February 16th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, February 23rd
Art Take-in: Wednesday, February 28th
Reception:  Friday, March 16th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, April 11th

Anything Goes

Un-themed Work

Friday, April 13th -- Tuesday, May 22nd

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, March 30th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, April 6th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, April 11th
Reception:  Friday, April 27th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, May 23rd


All Manner of Trees

Friday, May 25th -- Tuesday, July 10th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, May 11th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, May 18th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, May 23rd
Reception:  Friday, June 8th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, June 11th


Quintessential Aspects of Change

Friday, July 13th -- Tuesday, August 21st

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, June 29th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, July 6th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, July 11th
Reception:  Friday, July 27th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, August 22nd

Artistic Text

Art from and with the Painted Word

Friday, August 24th -- Tuesday, October 9th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, August 10th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, August 17th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, August 22nd
Reception:  Friday, September 7th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, October 10th

"Still at War" & "Chaos and Order"

Two Separate Themes, One Show

Friday, October 12th -- Tuesday, November 27th

*Submissions for Jurying: Friday, September 28th
Jury Selections Notice: Friday, October 5th
Art Take-in: Wednesday, October 10th
Reception:  Friday, October 26th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, November 28th

County Employee | Retiree Show

"A National Arts Program Competition"

Friday, November 30th -- Tuesday, January 8th

*Applications due to VCAC: Friday, November 23rd
Art Take-in: Wednesday, November 27th 4p - 7p
Thursday, November 28th 7a - 10a
Reception & Awards Ceremony: 
Friday, December 14th 5:30p - 7:00p
Art Pick-up: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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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