Artist Participation

The Studio Door has a variety of entry points for visual artists: Main gallery curated works, main gallery juried exhibitions, working artist studios, exhibiting walls, museum store participation and workshops.

Main Gallery – Curated Works

The main gallery was designed to exhibit works by six rotating artists for about two months at a time. The Studio Door does not offer solo shows.  We are a commerce-based gallery so artwork must be offered for sale. Artists are mainly selected by the gallery based upon submissions it receives, with a preference to artists who have participated in other programming at The Studio Door and from community partnerships.  Submissions are welcome from Southern California and Baja mid-Career & Established artists with an emphasis on painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Please note that the main gallery’s programming is fixed through 2019.

E-mail interest to with the following information:

  • Artist Bio & Statement
  • Exhibition & Sales Record
  • Website (or 10 images of artwork)
  • Social Media links
  • Contact Information 

Due to the high column of requests, we can not provide individual critiques but all submissions will be seriously considered.  We accept electronic submissions only via email. No walk-in submissions.

We are a commerce-based gallery so artwork must be for sale.

Pricing Consideration: Artists are encouraged to consider price points.  Based upon past experience, art sales in this community remain strongest under $2,500 with $500 being the average first time patron purchase.  The main gallery commission structure is generally 60/40 split.

Main Gallery – Juried Themed Exhibitions

Two national, themed juried shows were held in 2019. The 5th annual The Crow Show in March and PROUD+ in July.

In 2010, the biennial 50 To Watch will return. This exhibition is only for artists residing in the Greater San Diego region.  Additional exhibitions for 2010 will be announced later this year.   The Studio Door uses CaFe for exhibition applications.

Working Artist Studios

The Studio Door has seventeen working artists studios. Artists are asked to submit there interest in writing to Submissions are reviewed only when studios are available.

No studios are available at the moment. 

Studios vary in size from 100 – 200 sq feet. Initially, artists are verbally asked to make a 6 month commitment though the lease is month-to-month. Includes Wi-Fi, work light, utilities, 24/7 access to the studio, limited parking and shared artist sink. All studios are ground level located adjacent to the gallery. This is not a live/work situation. No calls, please. The Studio Door has a selection process by a jury of existing studio artists.

E-mail interest to with the following information:

• Bio
• CV (or a paragraph demonstrating a commitment to an arts practice)
• Website (or 10 images of artwork)
• Social Media links

Exhibiting Walls

The Studio Door has five walls in its events space for artists to regularly exhibit their work. This allows the artists the opportunity to be exposed to the workings of an art gallery and potentially reach new patrons. Artists are asked to submit there interest in writing to Submissions are reviewed only when studios are available.

Currently, no wall space is available.

Museum Store Participation

The Studio Door includes a small museum store within its gallery adjacent to the Clay Artists of San Diego showcase. Artists and craftsman are include by invitation only.

Artists are encourage to contact Calypso Collective in Hillcrest if they are looking for opportunities to sell their goods in a creative environment.


The Studio Door has an events and workshop space to hold intimate programming. Artists are encouraged to submit their ideas for one day and weekend workshops. Artists can submit there interest in writing to Please include potential dates and workshop synopsis for consideration. Each program will be considered on its own merit and may include rental fees or shared revenues.

Professional Development

Seeking specialized training or mentoring for you or your group?  Check out the details on our Creative Commerce Professional Development webpage.