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, Art by The Foot, 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.

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, please.

Pricing Consideration: Artists are encouraged to consider price points when submitting to the gallery.  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

The gallery puts on two national, themed juried shows annually. The Crow Show and PROUD+ exhibitions are a regular part of our exhibiting calendar.

Also, we are the producers of the biennial 50 To Watch. This exhibition is only for artists residing in the Greater San Diego region.

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 currently available.

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.

Art by the Foot

A specialty wall of 12″ x 12″ painting by local artists is included in the gallery.  All works are sold at $120 with a 60/40 gallery split. Art by the Foot is meant as an opportunity for patrons to purchase truly affordable works by local artists who normally sell work at much higher prices.  Artists are encouraged to submit one or two works via email to forallweknow@thestudiodoor.  Accepted works will be hung on a rotating basis for two – six months.

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.


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.