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2022 Annual Artists Council Exhibition and Sale

February 11 – March 27, 2022

Artists Center at the Galen 

72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, California


You are invited to submit your new work to the 2022 Annual Artists Council Exhibition and Sale (the ACE) at the Artists Center at the Galen in Palm Desert, California -- the new home of the Artists Council. The Artists Center is known as one of the most beautiful venues for showing art in Southern California.


The exhibition will be presented both in person and virtually. Monetary prizes will be awarded, including three jurors’ awards, plus the Karen and Tony Barone Award for Sculpture, a $1500 prize given through the generosity of Karen and Tony, who will also select the winner and personally present the prize money.


Submissions are due by December 10, 10:59 pm PST. You must be a member of the Artists Council to apply (join at 

Note: If you are submitting two artworks, EACH work must be submitted in its own separate CaFE application, with a separate fee.


Applications by most artists will have just one image per submission for one artwork.  If you are entering two artworks, you need to fill out two separate applications and pay two separate entry fees of $40 (in other words, $80 total). However, if you are a 3D artist or feel that your work is best represented with a second detail image, you may submit a second image of the work within its own application.


Also see: #3 under Entry Requirements, below.



Artworks for the exhibition and monetary awards will be selected by a panel of three outstanding jurors:

  • Melissa Russo, Director of the San Bernardino County Museum

  • Edina Adam, Assistant Curator of Drawings, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

  • Daniel Foster, artist, poet, and Executive Director of the Shumway Ranch Artist-in-Residence Program above Palm Desert

Click here to see juror resumes.


Submit your entry through CaFE, an on-line call management system used by arts organizations and artists across the country.


1.  Entry fee: $40 for each application - up to two applications are allowed. Only one artwork per artist can be selected for the exhibition. No fees will be refunded after submission. Entry fees support the Artists Council exhibitions, educational and community programs, and operations.


2.  Submission Date: Friday, December 10, 2021, by 10:59 pm PST. Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, December 22, 2021.


3.   Who May Apply: Only current members of the Artists Council may apply. (To join, go to 


To access the call on CaFE, click here*:

*Note: Use this direct link if you already have a CaFE account. If you are new to CaFE, you will need to create an account; see instructions at the end of this prospectus.


Click here for guidelines for submitting images of your work.



Please note: Works that do not meet the following requirements may be rejected on submission or intake.


1.  You must be an Artists Council member to submit. To join or renew your membership, go to


2    All artwork must be available for sale, at a price of not less than $500 and not more than $10,000. Proceeds from the sale will be split according to our usual formula of 50% to the artist, 50% to the Artists Council (to support Artists Council exhibitions, educational and community programs, and operations).


3.   Artwork may be 2- and 3-dimensional. Each artist may submit up to two artworks.

  • Each artwork must be submitted separately -- i.e., if you are submitting two artworks, you must submit two applications in CaFE.

  • Please do NOT submit images of two separate artworks in the same application.

  • If you are a 3D artist, or if you feel that your 2D work is best represented with a second image, then you can consider providing a second “detailed” view of one particular work in a single application.  

  • We are unable to accept video work at this time.

4.  Size limits:

  • Maximum framed size of 2-dimensional art is 60” high and 48” wide. Diptychs or triptychs are allowed, but the size of the entire work may not exceed 60” high and 48” wide.

  • Minimum framed size for 2-dimensional art is 12” on any side. 

  • Three-dimensional artwork cannot exceed 50 pounds, may not exceed 72” high by 48” wide by 48” deep. Minimum size for 3-dimensional work is 6” x 6” x 6”. At this time, we cannot accommodate ceiling-hanging pieces or moving parts.


Works that do not meet the size limits may be rejected at submission or intake.

Please describe your artwork carefully in the entry form. Once a work is submitted, no changes can be made.


5.  You will be asked to provide an artist's statement of no more than 100 words in the space provided on the CaFE application.


6.  Artwork must be ready for hanging or installation:

  • Artwork on paper must be protected by glass or Plexiglass.

  • Artwork on canvas or other materials must be finished on the edges.

  • Two-dimensional artwork must be wired for hanging. No saw-tooth hangers or ceiling mounts.

  • Three-dimensional artwork must be ready for display.


7.   Artwork must be:

  • Verifiably original in concept, design, and execution.

  • Submitted by the artist/maker.

  • Created independently (i.e., not under direct supervision of an instructor).

  • Not commercially manufactured or reproduced nor incorporating any item that employs commercially available molds or patterns.

  • Completed within the past 3 years.

  • Not previously exhibited at any Artists Council exhibition.


8.   Artwork must remain at the Artists Center gallery and online during the entirety of the exhibition, Friday, February 11, through Sunday, March 27, 2022.


PLEASE NOTE: Once accepted into the exhibition, artwork may not be withdrawn. Accepted artwork should be reserved by the artist and not shown elsewhere, so it can be displayed in the Artists Center throughout the exhibition.


9.   Artists accepted to the show will be responsible for one 3-hour shift during the run of the exhibition. This will be your opportunity to talk about your work – and the work of your fellow artists -- to prospective buyers.


10.   All artworks will be reviewed by the Artists Council for appropriate content and adherence to the requirements as outlined in the prospectus.


11. Selections for the Artists Council Exhibition are final and at the jurors’ discretion.



  • Submissions due – Friday, December 10, 2021, by 10:59 pm PST

  • Artist notification of acceptance – Wednesday, December 22

  • Intake – Monday, February 7, 2022, 9 am – 11 am

  • Closing – Sunday, March 27, 2022

  • Pick up works – Monday, March 28, 2022, 9 am – 11 am



  1. Artwork accepted into the exhibition must be delivered to the Artists Center by the artist or his/her agent (you may ask a friend or family member to deliver your work). Artwork shipped to the Artists Center will not be accepted. The Artists Center cannot provide special handling for artwork. (Note: If you need a contact to make arrangements for shipping to a separate local mail house, please contact the Artists Council at

  2. Drop off of accepted art will be on Monday, February 7, 9 am - 11 am, at the Artists Center, 72567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

  3. Sales tax will be added to the sale price and paid by the buyer.   

  4. Sold and unsold art must be picked up at the Artists Center on Monday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am. (You may ask a friend or family member to pick up your work.)

  5. There are several options for delivery of sold artwork to the buyer:

  • The buyer may pick up work from the Artists Center on Monday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am.

  • If you and the buyer agree, you have the option of picking up your work from the Artists Center on Monday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am, and delivering it personally to the buyer, at no charge to the buyer.

  • If the buyer does not live locally, you will need to arrange to ship your work to the buyer, either yourself or through an agent. The buyer will be responsible for any shipping and associated expenses for artwork they purchase. In this case, we will ask the buyer to send you a check to cover the shipping, after which you or your agent will ship the work. We suggest that you purchase insurance when shipping your work. Artwork must be picked up from the Artists Center on Monday, March 28, 9 am – 11 am.



If your work sells during the exhibition, you must provide a current W-9 form.

  • Sales taxes will be the responsibility of the buyer and will be paid by the buyer at the time of purchase. 

  • Artists will be paid for the sale of their work within 7 days after: the work has sold, the Artists Council has received the online payment from the buyer and your W-9 form, and the buyer has confirmed receipt of the artwork. Please note: This means the earliest date you will be paid is April 4 if the buyer picks up the artwork on March 28.

  • Payment will be by check mailed from the Artists Council account at Wells Fargo to the artist’s address as indicated on the CaFE submission. It might take 5-7 business days more for the processed check to arrive by mail.



By submitting artwork to the Artists Council Exhibition and Sale, the individual artist acknowledges and agrees that he/she:

  • Has read and agrees to all conditions of entry.

  • Releases the rights for use of images of his/her artwork in any Artists Council or Artists Center promotional and marketing materials.

  • Is responsible for insurance for his/her artwork. Neither the Artists Council nor its officers, directors, staff, or volunteers, nor anyone connected with the Artists Council, the Artists Center, or this exhibition will be responsible for theft of, loss of, or damage to artwork, however caused.

  • Will provide a completed W-9 form for artwork sold during the show.



If you need help submitting, please contact the CaFE help team.

303-629-1166 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST)


If you have membership or exhibition questions, please contact the Artists Council at




Submission Instructions for New CaFE Users (i.e., if you need to create an account with CaFE).


  1. Go to

  2. Click on Artist Sign Up

  3. Create an account

  4. Log in

  5. Click on “My Portfolio”

  6. Upload images and your artist statement

  7. Return to this email, click on the link below to access the call.