Visual Art

Civic Art Galleries and Exhibits

The City of Encinitas Visual Art Program consists of 55 art exhibitions annually by Encinitas and San Diego artists at three civic art galleries: 

Civic Center Gallery at City Hall
505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas

Encinitas Library Gallery
540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas

Encinitas Community Center Gallery
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas

The exhibitions are a service to local artists, providing economic benefit from the sale of art and exposure to a wider audience,  while beautifying public buildings in Encinitas. The Civic Arts Program, established in 1998, serves artists, arts organizations, and the community, through programs in the visual and performing arts, and is overseen by the Cultural Arts Division and Commission for the Arts. 

For more information on the visual art program, or to apply to mount an exhibition in 2019, please contact Arts Program Assistant Cheryl Ehlers at (760) 633-2748, or email.

Call for Artists

The City of Encinitas is seeking artists for individual and group exhibitions of two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) artwork. In 2019, the city will mount a total of 55 art exhibits. All exhibitions are for 2 months. Artists, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit an application for consideration. 

Art Gallery Information Sheets
Click the links for exhibit information and photos of the galleries. 

  • Civic Center Gallery 2-D and 3-D
  • Encinitas Library Gallery 2-D and 3-D
  • Encinitas Community Center Gallery 2-D and 3-D


Eligibility
The exhibition program is open to artists who live in the city of Encinitas and San Diego county who are age 18 or older. Amateur and professional artists are encouraged to apply. 

Process
Applications to exhibit in 2019 are accepted from January 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. A Visual Art Selection Committee, comprised of gallery directors, visual art instructors and professional artists, will jury the applications and determine the exhibit schedule for the following year. Artist notification begins in November. 
       
Application
Click here for the 2019 Application.

Artist Requirements                                                                                                                                                          

Artists, who are selected to exhibit, will be required to: 

1) Complete a Waiver of Indemnity and Liability releasing the City of any liability from artwork damage, loss or theft. 
2) Publicize and promote the exhibit and Opening Reception to their clients, contacts and the media. 
3) Be responsible for installation and de-installation, with the assistance of Arts Division staff. 
4) Provide wall signs for each artwork listing: title, media, year, artist name, price or NFS, phone number, email, and website. The sign is placed to the bottom right of each work. 
5) Host an Opening Reception, if you choose, and be responsible for all costs associated with the reception. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at Encinitas City Hall but are allowed in the Encinitas Library Community Room (no red wine), and Encinitas Community and Senior Center. 

Art Sales
All income from the sale of art goes to the artist. There is no gallery commission. The exhibition program is a service to Encinitas artists and exists to promote the local artist community. As such, artists are encouraged to be flexible in their pricing. Art sales are by mutual agreement between the artist and purchaser. Please note: work that is sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. 

Marketing
The artist promotes the exhibit to their clients, friends and the media—a Media Contact List is available from the Cultural Arts Division. Exhibit information is included in the City’s weekly arts e-newsletter, sent to 22,000 subscribers in the community, the monthly Encinitas Arts & Events Calendar (online and in print), and on the City website.  

Artist Testimonial                                                                                                                                                                   
"I was very fortunate to have artwork exhibited in a show with the City of Encinitas. My work was exhibited at the Encinitas Library for six weeks, in a fabulous large room with a wonderful view of the ocean. A reception was held on Sunday afternoon, September 15th. The success was due in large part to the recommendation to apply by fellow artist Kirsten Francis, and the efforts and advice of Jim Gilliam and Cheryl Ehlers. For me to have the chance to work with them in putting on this show was such a wonderful opportunity. I was so fortunate to sell nine paintings - far beyond expectations. The reception was terrific in such a great venue, with many friends and acquaintances and people from the community having a good time. I made numerous contacts with hopes of more sales and opportunities for the future. Thank you to all who came and made the exhibit a success. And thank you to the City of Encinitas Civic Arts Program for giving me the opportunity.”   Neil Brooks, 2013