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Artist Guild Members

Our Guild Members are the lifeblood of the 29 Palms Art Gallery. This all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 Guild was started by eight artists in 1951-2, the permanent Gallery space was opened in 1963, and it continues to be operated and supported by Guild Members today. Members have the opportunity to exhibit artwork in members-only exhibitions, enter annual juried shows, or be considered for featured-artist exhibitions. Other perks include: free links to member websites, art classes, artist professional development, weekly paint outs, invitations to important events, and docent or volunteer opportunities.

RANGE OF EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES – Each year, the 29 Palms Art Gallery presents a range of exhibitions that reinforce the mission of the Guild and the Gallery, and supports the artists and the community we serve. The diversity and mix of exhibitions reflects an ever-changing artistic community as well as the Gallery’s roots and traditions.

MEMBERS’ EXHIBITIONS – Guild Members are invited to submit artworks on In/Out Day when there are designated Members Exhibitions. Please check the Exhibiting Member Rules and Exhibition Schedule.

JURIED EXHIBITIONS – An open call is publicized, artists submit artwork for review, a juror or jury evaluates the work to determine acceptance, and artworks are selected for an award(s). Example: Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition Juried Show. Join our mailing list to ensure prompt notification.

JUDGED EXHIBITIONS – An open call is publicized, artists submit artwork, and a judge evaluates the work to determine awards. Example: Student Art Exhibition.

Note: In both Juried and Judged Exhibitions, entries must have been completed within the last 5 years and may not have been entered previously in the same judged or juried show at the Gallery. Rules, categories, entry fees, and awards will be established by the Curator and Exhibition Committee in advance of the show and announced publicly.

CURATED EXHIBITIONS – The Gallery Curator develops an idea for an exhibition, invites specific artists to participate, and selects works for presentation. Example: Sand To Stone: Contemporary Native American Art in Joshua Tree.

FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITIONS – Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals for individual and group exhibitions, the Gallery Curator meets with the Exhibition Committee to review all proposals, and exhibitions are selected for the Exhibition Calendar year (September – August).

EXHIBITION SELECTION FACTORS – Each year we receive a number of fantastic applications from artists and curators for the upcoming exhibition season (September – August). There are numerous variables that go into the exhibition decision-making process, among them selecting the highest quality art. We must also carefully consider how the variety of exhibitions function together over the course of the year and how they serve our diverse community.

In the coming year, please look for a presentation on how to apply for an exhibition slot and gain an understanding about the factors involved in selecting exhibitions. In the meantime, if you are interested in showing at the Gallery, become a Guild Member. All Guild Members have opportunities over the course of the year to show their work in Members Exhibitions and we strongly encourage your participation.

EXHIBITION APPLICATION PROCESS – This online Exhibition Proposal may be submitted year round, the Curator’s search for artists/exhibitions is ongoing, and a public Call for Exhibition Proposals will be issued in the winter. All proposals to be considered for the exhibition season (September – August) are due by the end of April, will be reviewed by the Curator and the Exhibition Committee in May, and artists will be notified in June. Stayed tuned for specific info and dates via email, newsletter, website and Facebook. Again, please make sure you are on our mailing list.