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. These artists are selected by the gallery based upon submissions it receives, artists who have participated in other programming at The Studio Door and from community partnerships.

Currently, the main gallery’s programming is fixed through July. The submission process will be posted on our website in the Spring of 2019.

Main Gallery – Juried Themed Exhibitions

Two national, themed juried shows are being held in 2019. The 5th annual The Crow Show in March and PROUD+ in July. Artists may apply for these exhibitions through CaFé.

In 2010, the biennial 50 To Watch will return. This exhibition is only for artists residing in the Greater San Diego region.

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. The existing studio artists assist The Studio Door in its selection process.

Currently, three 100 sq ft studios are pending leases.  All other spaces are filled.

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.