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City of Vista
Vista Visions 2017

Call to Artists

Vista Visions 2017
$850 Cash Awards
Submission Deadline:  July 30
Exhibition Runs:  August 8 - September 29
Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm


The City of Vista’s Civic Gallery welcomes entries for its all-media exhibition, “Vista Visions 2017.”  Exhibition dates are August 8 – September 29, 2017 at the Civic Gallery of the Vista Civic Center.

There will be $850 in awards: $350 First Place Award; $200 Second Place Award; $150 Third Place Award, $150 People’s Choice, and ten honorable mention awards.

You are invited to submit up to three entries for consideration in the exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited from August 8 through September 29, 2017.  Entry deadline is July 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm via


1.    Official entry is being facilitated through an online jury process.  Send digital images of your work to The entry processing fee is $15 for one image or $25 for up to three images. Entry payment is facilitated online during the entry process with a valid credit card or PayPal.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

2.    Deadline to enter: July 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

3.    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

4.    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

5.    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

6.    A maximum of three pieces may be submitted. Artwork cannot exceed 50” wide x 40” long INCLUDING THE FRAME. Three-dimensional works are acceptable as are works in any medium or style as long as they are considered wall hangings and do not extend more than 6” in depth and are light enough to hang on our moveable gallery walls. All artwork on display must be For Sale, in good taste and suitable for all audiences, as the gallery is located within a public facility.

7.    Each image submitted must be clearly identified by the following: title of artwork, dimensions, medium, and price. All works will remain in the exhibition until close of show on September 29, 2017.  All unsold work MUST be picked up between the hours of Noon and 2 pm on September 29, 2017.

8.    Artists will be notified via Constant Contact and by self-checking the www.OnlineJuriedShows website (see your payment receipt) posted with published judges results on August 4, 2017.

9.    Purchase Process:  All artwork will be brokered by the artist or their representative with your given contact information, as the Civic Gallery is strictly a volunteer gallery and has no employees. A red dot will appear on the Exhibition Art Tag which will indicate that the art is sold and is available to the new owner as of September 29, 2017. A donation of 25% of the selling price of your artwork is suggested (to the Civic Gallery), as this enables us to provide future exhibitions and events for local artists.

10.    IMPORTANT: Submitting artists must presently reside or work in San Diego County or have had a prior residence in Carlsbad/Vista/Oceanside. Artists can be considered professional, hobbyists, or students.  Must be 18 or older to apply.


1.    Submissions will be reviewed by Dinah Poellnitz. The artwork in this show will be reviewed by the Juror the week of July 31 – August 3, 2017 and artists will be notified of acceptance on Friday, August 4, 2017 via

2.    Delivery of accepted Art:  ONLY accepted artwork can be hand delivered to the Civic Gallery on Monday, August 7, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

3.    Artwork must be labeled on the back of the art, with artist’s name and phone number, title of the work, medium, and price. All hanging hardware needs to be affixed and art ready to hang. Professional, high quality durable framing is expected. If the Exhibition Manager deems the art unsuitable for hanging, the art will be disqualified from the exhibition. All artwork must look exactly the same as when it was photographed and entered. Artwork can be disqualified if changed or embellished after the official online submittal.

4.    Exhibited work must be for sale. A donation of 25% of the sales price to the Civic Gallery is suggested.

5.    Accepted work will be installed in the Civic Gallery on August 7, 2017 or shortly thereafter. A public Exhibition Opening Reception will be held on August 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The reception will celebrate the exhibiting artists. Awards will be announced during the reception.
Dinah Poellnitz is an independent curator and co- founder of the The Hill Street Country Club, an art gallery based in Oceanside, California. She holds a BA in art history and art administration from University California of Riverside. In 2014, Poellnitz was the James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Curator-in-Residence at Oceanside Museum of Art. She currently works as exhibition and program coordinator at Linksoul Lab and The HSCC Gallery in Oceanside. Poellnitz remembers growing up in Vista without an art presence and opportunities. Today Poellnitz is providing local artist solo exhibitions space and art professional opportunities.
Art is for everyone.

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The purpose of the Public Arts Commission is to promote and support the public display and public appreciation of art in the City of Vista.

Sarah Spinks, Chair
Kelly Moncure, Vice Chair
Judy Pantazo Anne Little
Tiffany Crabtree
Jessica O’Donnell Macias
Donally Atajar

Sarah Spinks
Kelly Moncure

Therron Dieckmann
Imelda M. Huerta
Management Analyst
Recreation and Community Services