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The Studio Door
3750 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104-3632

Entry Deadline: 3/31/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (The Studio Door - Tavern (Initial Artwork)): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $5.00


TAVERN is an exhibition of visual art running from May 5 - 28, 2017 produced by The Studio Door. 

This exhibition encourages visual artists to share their artwork that celebrates the beer culture of the Tavern.  From the Dutch masters to the commercial artists of the 20th Century, the bar lifestyle and its trappings have made for interesting subject matter in pubs and galleries alike.  Artists are encouraged to submit their unique visions such as paintings based upon vintage beer advertising, photographs of frothy beers, collages utilizing beer coasters and other beer promotional items, assemblage incorporating the variety of colorful beer bottles, and other original inspired works of art.


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, installation 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 ™. 


March 3, 2017  - 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).


May 5 - 28, 2017

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


Tentatively scheduled for May 6, 2017 from 6 PM - 9 PM. 

Please note that reception date may change due to community events or sponsor requirements. This exhibition coincides with 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts in North Park (May 20, 2017).


Rawi Nanakul, renown photographer in the beer industry and producer of Sacramento’s The Art of Beer, which is now in its 6th year. You can find a great article about him and The Art of Beer at


A Juror's Award ribbon and certificate 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.

The Studio Door is currently negotiating sponsorship.  Cash prizes and other awards may be announced at a later date.  


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.


All artwork selected, both gallery and online, will be included in the national exhibition virtual catalog.


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: TAVERN is conceived as a national show (USA) due to the costs of shipping and potential customs issues.  Due to the interest from our international community, it has been decided to open up the show. As seen above, we have two opportunities: in gallery and virtual online exhibitions spaces.  We assume that most, if not all, international artists will prefer to participate exclusively online and that's okay.  It comes 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.  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. 


Artists will be notified by April 7, 2017. 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 April 8, 2017, please check your email spam folder and contact the The Studio Door. 


All shipped artwork must be received no later than April 28, 2017. Shipped works will be shipped out of The Studio Door on May 31, 2017. 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. 


During weekend gallery hours on Saturday, April 29, 2017 (Noon – 7 PM) or Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Noon – 4 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, May 28, 2017 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, May 30, 2017 during gallery hours between noon and 7 PM. 

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. 


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


    •    11/1/16        Call for Artists – Start Date

    •    03/31/17        10:59 PST • Call for Artists – Closing of Call

    •    04/07/17        Artists Notification Date

    •    04/28/17        Final Receive Date for Shipping

    •    04/29/17        Drop Off Artwork (local):  Noon – 4 PM

    •    04/30/17        Drop Off Artwork (local):  10 AM – 6 PM

    •    05/05/17        Show Opens

    •    05/06/17        Saturday Night Reception 6 PM – 9 PM (Tentative Date)

    •    05/28/17        Show Closes

    •    05/31/17        Artwork Shipping Date

    •    06/28/17        Artist Commission Checks Deadline