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Blackout - Annual National Exhibit

September 9, 2022 32 days left

Blackout - Annual National Exhibit

  • Organization: Art on 30th
  • Submission Deadline: September 9, 2022
  • Event Dates: October 29, 2022 - December 2, 2022
  • Entry Fee: $35 for first entry plus $5 for each additional entry up to 6
  • Award Info: $1000 in cash prizes awarded
  • Type: Competition
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting
  • Location: San Diego, CA 92116

Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th, a contemporary art center and gallery in San Diego, California, would like to invite regional and national artists to submit original works of art for our 2022 annual "Blackout" national exhibition.

Hidden, secretive, sexy black.

Seductive, powerful, elegant black.

Formal, prestigious, mysterious black.

Step into the womb of night and bring on the noir! If your piece features dominant black or simply features black in a prominent way, it is eligible. Get inky, get primordial, bring on the midnight and show us your masterpiece!

Awards & Prizes

Selected works will be published in the Ashton Gallery full-color exhibition catalog. Accepted artists will have the opportunity to proof their page before it goes to print. Catalogs will be available for ordering online via Blurb, a print on demand service. A link will be provided closer to time.

Three awards and two honorable mentions will be given by the juror:

Best in Show (featured on the cover of the catalog)

First Place (will receive a double page spread in the catalog)

Juror's Choice (will receive a double page spread in the catalog)

Honorable Mention (will receive a double page spread in the catalog)

...We will also be awarding $1,000 in cash prizes!


Vallo Riberto, Chair of Contemporary Art Committee at San Diego Museum of Art & Professor of Art at Southwestern College

Exhibition Dates

October 29, 2022 - December 2, 2022

Opening Reception

Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 4pm-8pm

Deadline for Submission

Friday, September 9, 2022

Completed entry information, including images of artwork, must be submitted online with CaFÉ TM before 10:59 PM pacific to be considered by juror. (That's 1:59 AM eastern, 12:59 AM central, and 11:59 AM mountain)

Entry Fees

Payment of $35 is for the first entry and $5 for each additional images (1 work = $35, 2 works = $40, 3 works = $45, 4 works = $50, 5 works = $55, and 6 works = $60). Upload one image per entry, up to 6 pieces total. Entry fees do not guarantee admission into the exhibit. Entry fees cover the cost of hosting a national show.


You will be notified of the juror's decision via email by end of day on Saturday, September 24th.

Important Dates (Summary)

* 9/9/2022 Deadline for entry

* 9/24/2022 Notification of results

* 10/6/2022 Must be postmarked for shipping by this date

* 9/24–10/14 Hand-delivered work accepted during business hours

* 10/29/2022 Opening reception 4pm-8pm

* 12/2/2022 Exhibition ends

* 12/6/2022 Hand-pick up during regular business hours begins

* 12/12/2022 Unsold artwork shipping begins

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