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Tarot: The Fools Journey Through Life
3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104-3632

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: California
Entry Deadline: 7/6/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Tarot: The Fools Journey Through Life): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00


Tarot: The Fools Journey Through Life PROSPECTUS 

Tarot: The Fools Journey Through Life is an exhibition of visual art running from August 3 - 26, 2018

Artwork inspired by Tarot, Oracle and Divination decks, even Lotería cards, are welcome for submission. In Gallery and Online Gallery options.  

The title of this visual arts exhibition comes from the Tarot's Major Arcana.  Each of the cards can be described as an archetype, a symbolic figure or situation of great significance that represents our journey starting with the innocence (The Fool) and ends with complete knowledge (The Universe).

In-Gallery artists may also indicate if they are interested in a secondary exhibition that follows The Studio Door in the lobby of the North Coast Rep Theater's production of Noel Coward's Blythe Spirit.


Fine Art: Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book, ceramics, stoneware, stain glass and sculpture.  Oversized jewelry that can be defined as fine art is acceptable for this show.

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

Submissions must be the artist’s original work.


An entry consists of one to three submissions of images. Payment of $35 per initial entry and $5 for per additional media. [1 work of art = $35; 2 works = $40; or 3 works = $45]. Payments are processed through CAFÉ ™. 


July 6, 2018  - 10:59 PM PST 

Complete information including images of artwork must be submitted online with CAFÉ ™ before 10:59 PM PST to be considered by juror (Check your watch, that’s 1:59 AM EST and 11:59 PM MST).


August 3 - 26, 2018

Artwork, including items sold, must remain on exhibit for the duration of the show.


Saturday • August 4, 2018 from 6 PM - 9 PM. 


Chris Butler

UK-based author of three books on Tarot and Cartomancy and

illustrator of Quantum Tarot; Quantum tarot 2.0; Healing Light Tarot; Lenormand Cartomancy and Son Tarot


A Juror's Award ribbon, certificate and a check for $100 will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme. One work will be designated “Best in Show” and will be used as the cover of the exhibition catalog.  Exhibition catalogs will be available online print-on-demand.


There are two opportunities to get into this show. The juror will select works that will be exhibited at The Studio Door gallery in San Diego. Additionally, the juror will select works that will be shown in the on-line gallery only. This allows for more works to be seen beyond the limitations of the main gallery.  You have the option to declare “in gallery”, “on-line gallery” or both during the application process.  All accepted works regardless of “in gallery” or “online gallery” are eligible for Best in Show and will appear in the exhibition catalog.


Artists whose works are selected for the in-gallery exhibition will have the opportunity to participate in a secondary exhibition at North County Repertory Theater in Solana Beach, CA in conjunction with the production of Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit.  Twelve works will be selected by the theater for exhibition in the lobby of the theater from September through November 12th.  The Studio Door will deliver, install and deinstall. Works will be returned to the studio door for pickup and shipping.

Artists may express interest during the application process.  Artwork selections will be made during The Studio Door exhibition and artists will be notified mid-August of the theater’s selections.

All terms and conditions of exhibiting at The Studio Door will apply to North County Repertory Theater and this special exhibition.


If your artwork is selected for either the gallery or online exhibition, Artists grant The Studio Door permission to photograph selected artwork.  The Studio Door reserves the right to use art images for marketing and publicity without compensation.


Visual Artists

Note: As seen above, we have two opportunities: in gallery and virtual online exhibitions spaces. It is understood that artists across the US and in other countries may find the costs of shipping and potential customs issues too costly or difficult to manage. We assume that most, if not all of these artists will prefer to participate exclusively online and that's okay.  If juried in, you will still be included in the online gallery and related sales as well as in the exhibition catalog.  As always, the decision should come down to whether or not it the show gives value to you and your body of work.


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

3-Dimensional Work: Sculptural and small installation work is encouraged.  Works must be able to fit through an average doorway and not exceed 8’ in height.  If you are unsure if your work is size acceptable, please contact The Studio Door at


2-D artwork must arrive 'gallery ready' and 'ready to hang' and be presented professionally. Preferrably, framed artwork should be in black wood or natural wood frame. No color mats.  Exception is made if frame or mat is essential to the work of art. Due to problems with shipping 2-D artwork, no glass - plexi only. 


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


You will be asked to provide a statement about how your work relates to the title of the show.  For example, if the artwork relates to a specific card in the Tarot, please note the connection. There is a maximum of 1,000 character limit (including spaces).


CAFÉ ™ 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:

If you have problems uploading images, contact CAFÉ ™ directly. FYI, the most common problem is that the system will not accept images that are too small.

Artists who have studios at The Studio Door, are currently participating in instruction or have been juried into other exhibitions at The Studio Door may receive a discount on entry fees. Please see staff for more details. Artists must include discount codes at time of submission to receive discount.


The juror will select works that will be on display at The Studio Door gallery in San Diego. These works may also be on display in on-line gallery. Additionally, the juror will select additional works that will be shown only in the on-line gallery. This allows for more works to be seen beyond the physical limitation of the gallery walls. 


Artists will be notified by July 11, 2018. 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 July 12, 2018, please check your email spam folder and contact the The Studio Door. 


All shipped artwork must be received no later than July 27, 2018. Shipped works will be shipped out of The Studio Door on August 29, 2018 (unless selected for secondary exhibition). 2-D work must be sent in reusable packaging with NO styrofoam packing peanuts. Glass or ceramic sculptures and other fragile works must be double-boxed and sufficiently padded to prevent damage in transit. The Studio Door is NOT responsible for damage caused in transit. Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping and arranging prepaid shipping labels with either UPS or FedEx. It is mandatory to include prepaid shipping labels with your artwork or to make the necessary arrangements with The Studio Door before the exhibition or your work will not be exhibited. 


Artwork may be had delivered to the gallery on Sunday, July 29, 2018 (Noon – 4 PM) or Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (Noon - 6 PM).  Large works or small installations should be scheduled as to not interfere with other exhibitions.

If you are is accepted for the on-line gallery ONLY, you do NOT need to deliver your artwork.


The gallery will remain open one hour after the exhibition closes on Sunday, August 26, 2018 for local artists to pick up their artwork on the weekend.  Artwork may be picked up between 4 and 5 PM.  Artwork may also be picked up on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 between 10 AM and 6 PM. 

Artwork selected for the secondary exhibition will be able to pick up their artwork November 14, 2018 at The Studio Door.

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 and 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 30 days after the close of the show. 

Note for artists participating in secondary exhibition: Because the North Coast Repertory Theater is a non-profit, 25% of the sale may be listed as a “donation” for tax purposes.


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/national publication.  For more details visit the website at


    •    04/18/18        Call for Artists – Start Date
    •    07/06/18        10:59 PST • Call for Artists – Closing of Call
    •    07/11/18        Artists Notification Date
    •    07/27/18        Final Receive Date for Shipping
    •    07/29/18        Drop Off Artwork (local):  Sunday Noon – 4 PM
    •    07/31/18        Drop Off Artwork (local):  Tuesday 10 AM – 6 PM
    •    08/03/18        Show Opens
    •    08/04/18        Saturday Night Reception 6 PM – 9 PM
    •    08/26/18        Show Closes
    •    08/26/18        Pick Up Artwork (local):  Sunday 4 PM - 5 PM
    •    08/28/18        Pick Up Artwork (local):  Tuesday 10 AM – 6 PM
    •    08/29/18        Artwork Shipping Date
    •    09/26/18        Artist Commission Checks Deadline

[Optional, Secondary Exhibition]
North County Repertory Theater Lobby Exhibition in Solana Beach, CA in conjunction with Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit

    •    09/01/18        Installation Date
    •    09/01/18        Tentative Date for Artist Reception at Theater

    •    11/12/18        Deinstallation Date
    •    11/14/18        Artwork Pick Up / Shipping Date from The Studio Door

Note: We expect record crowds to support this celebration of art. This will be the final exhibtion at The Studio Door in its North Park location.  The building has been purchased and the rents have more than quadrupaled, which is unfortunately not a new story for San Diego's art community.  More details can be found on our website.  



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.


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