Call Detail

50 TO WATCH 2018
3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104-3632

Entry Deadline: 1/31/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10

Entry Fee (50 TO WATCH 2018): $25.00

Regional Exhibition & Publication:  50 TO WATCH 2018


DEADLINE:  January 31, 2018



50 TO WATCH is a regional exhibition highlighting San Diego’s best visual artists running from March 2 - 25, 2018 produced by The Studio Door.  This is the third program, which is now a biennial event.  The exhibition will be held in two galleries: The Studio Door and Escondido Arts Partnership. In addition to the exhibition, a high-end artist catalog will be produced, printed and mailed to 1,000+ galleries around the country. The Studio Door is seeking artists in San Diego County to submit their best works for consideration.


(1) To enter, artists pay a flat rate of $25 to enter 5 – 10 pieces that represent their body of work. (2) If selected, juried artists will be required to share in the production costs of the publication.


Visit the 50 To Watch website to learn about the actual connections artists have made at




Award prizes for top 3 juried works:

• First Prize • $300 plus no cost to be in publication ($650 value)

• Second Prize •  $100 plus no cost to be in publication ($450 value)

• Third Prize • No cash but no cost to be in publication ($350 savings)


Please note that entry fee is separate from awards and will not be refunded.



Painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, ceramics, stain glass and sculpture.


This exhibition does not accept jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.


Submissions must be the artist’s original work.



Maria Mingalone • Executive Director at Oceanside Museum of Art


Past curators of The Studio Door exhibitions have included:

    •    Jenna Simon Jacobs, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

    •    Christina Knoke, Mingei International Museum San Diego

    •    Stephen C. Wagner, Arc Gallery & Studios (San Francisco)

    •    Kathy Kelsey Foley, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wisconsin)

    •    Patti Brady, GOLDEN Artist Colors (Int’l)




March 2 - 25, 2018


Opens at The Studio Door on March 2, 2018

with Reception on Saturday, March 3 from 6 - 9 PM


Opens at Escondido Arts Partnership on March 9, 2018

with Reception on Saturday, March 10 from 6 - 9 PM




50 juried artists will be selected.  One work of art will be exhibited at one of the two galleries.  Two works, short statement and contact information will be featured in the national publication and online. The publication will be produced and mailed to 1,000+ galleries during the exhibition. Each featured artist will receive one (1) hard copy of the publication and a discount on additional copies.  Specific cost of publication will be determined by final production costs. Publications will also be made available to the public throughout 2018 as supplies last.


You can review past exhibition catalogs online at:

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2015 •



Artists residing in San Diego County.



2-Dimensional Work: Height 8 feet, Width 4 feet - including frame 

3-Dimensional Work: Must fit pedestal sized 18 inches x 18 inches or take up no more than 4 feet of gallery floor space. 



Artwork selected for the gallery show must arrive 'gallery ready' and 'ready to hang' and be presented professionally. Framed artwork must use black wood or natural wood frame. No color mats. No glass, plexi only. 



All submissions for this show are handled through CaFÉ TM (  Artists are required to sign up and create a profile on CaFÉ TM.  There is no charge for using this service.



During the submission process, you will be asked to provide a statement about how your work relates to the title of the show.  There is a maximum of 1,000 character limit (including spaces). 



CaFÉ TM provides 960 MB for the artist profile.  Artist will upload images and information directly to their profile and reference when filling out the official call for submission.  For complete details on media preparation, please visit:



Artists will be notified by February 6, 2018 (revised date). All artists who have submitted artwork will be notified by email. You may receive multiple notifications for acceptance into The Studio Door exhibition and on-line gallery. You will receive notification even if no artwork has been selected. If you do not receive notice by February 7, please check your email spam folder and contact us if you do not hear from The Studio Door. 



It is understood that due to unforeseen circumstances, some selected artists may be unable to participate after being notified.  The Studio Door will maintain a juried standby list of alternative artists.  These artists will be notified that they are on stand by and may be given the chance to participate.


There is an initial, flat rate fee of $25 per artist..  All visual artists in greater San Diego are encouraged to apply.  An entry consists of five to ten submissions of images that showcase the artist’s body of work.


Artists juried into the show agree to share in the production and distribution costs of the national publication for a total of $375 per artist.  The initial $25 entry fee will be applied towards this cost.  Each juried artist will receive two editorial pages in the national publication.  Costs for the production of publications will be shared among the juried artists.  


Additional Opportunities for Juried artists include:

            Extra Page(s)      $150 ea.

            Front Cover         $1,000

            Back Cover         $750



Selected artists must submit their high resolution artwork images and make their inclusion payments no later than February 20, 2018 in order to be included in the publication.



Staff will be available at The Studio Door (3750 30th Street) to accept your work on Sunday, February 25 from Noon - 4 PM or Tuesday, February 27 during gallery hours.



No shipping for this exhibition.



Staff will be available at The Studio Door (3750 30th Street) for you to pick up your artwork Tuesday, March 27. Artwork left behind may be subject to a late fee of $50 per day and/or discarded by The Studio Door.



60% of the sale will go to the artists, 40% of the sale will go to the Studio Door. Items sold must remain on exhibit for the duration of the show. The Studio Door will mail a check to the artist for any sold artwork within six weeks after the close of the show. 



If your artwork is selected for this program, Artists grant The Studio Door and Escondido Arts Partnership permission to photograph selected works.  The Studio Door reserves the right to use art images for marketing and publicity without compensation.



In addition to regional and national exhibitions, The Studio Door is an arts incubator filling the needs of artists in Greater San Diego with instruction, art to market services, artist studios, Open Studios San Diego and 50 To Watch reception/publication.  For more details visit the website at



11/15/17       Call for Artists – Start Date

01/31/18 - 10:59 PST        Call for Artists – Closing of Call

02/06/18        Artists Notification Date

02/25/18        Drop Off Artwork (local):  Noon – 4 PM

02/27/18        Drop Off Artwork (local):  10 AM – 6 PM

03/02/18        Show Opens at The Studio Door

03/03/18        The Studio Door Reception 6 PM – 9 PM

03/09/18        Show Opens at Escondido Arts Partnership

03/10/18        Escondido Arts Partnership Reception 5:30 PM – 8 PM

03/25/18        Show Closes

03/27/18        Artwork Pick Up Date

04/25/18        Artist Commission Checks Deadline



If you would like to support this exhibition with a donation, or fund an award, please contact The Studio Door.  Please help get the word out about the show by encouraging your fellow artists to enter.