46th Annual Small Image Show

The Gallery 21 SMALL IMAGE SHOW marks its 46th year in January 2021. This celebrated juried exhibition — started by Jim Brown back in 1975 — provides a unique challenge for the artist by utilizing a small image concept. Showcasing San Diego County artists, this event has built in popularity over its multi-year history and is an artist favorite. Over 25% of the artworks are typically sold during the exhibition each year! Won’t you join us?


Competition is open to all San Diego County artists, aged 18 and over.

  • All work must be original and completed within the last year.
  • Work done under supervision of an instructor or work requiring special installation or handling will not be accepted.
  • Submitting artists must have an active email address as all communications are done via email.
  • Please note: All artwork needs to be dropped off for jurying and not shipped to the gallery.
Accepted Media

Acrylics, ceramics, drawing, enamels, fibers, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oils, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolors, wood.

Entry Fee
  • First and second entry $30 (total for both).
  • Each additional entry $10 each – maximum of eight (8) entries per artist.
  • Entry fee is non- refundable.
  • Downloadable Artwork Entry Forms are available on this page (click here) and/or at check-in tables on jury day.
Preparation of Art

2-D Artwork

  1. Artwork must measure 10" x 10" or smaller, including the frame.
  2. Artwork must be wired to accommodate Gallery 21's hook hanging system.
  3. Absolutely no sawtooth hangers.

3-D Artwork

  1. Artwork must fit in a 10" x 10" cube, including the display.
  • 20% of the sale of artwork goes to Gallery 21/Spanish Village Art Center.
  • 80% goes to the artist.
  • Payments will be made to the artists within one month of the show.
  • Please note: All exhibited work MUST be for sale and no work may be withdrawn before the close of the show.


Juror Selected Awards

$300 – First Place

$200 – Second Place

$100 – Third Place

$50 – Honorable Mentions

To sponsor an honorable mentions award, please email the director of Gallery 21.

Checklist for Submission Day

Please bring the following items to Gallery 21 when you drop off your art for jurying day:

Artwork (see Preparation of Art).

Artwork Entry Form – Completed online and printed. You may download it from this page. See button below. The will also be someone at the gallery at check-in.

Jury Fee – You may pay online when registering or with check made payable to Gallery 21.

1-2 entries: $30

3 entries: $40

4 entries: $50

5 entries: $60

6 entries: $70

7 entries: $80

8 entries: $90

OPTIONAL: Artist Biography – (8 1/2" x 11)- it will be added to the binder of artists if your artwork gets juried into the exhibition.


Jim Brown Memorial Award

An Award given in memory of Jim Brown, who started the Small Image Show in 1975.

The recipient will be selected by the director of Gallery 21.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

Sponsor An Honorable Mention

If you wish to support the show by sponsoring and Honorable mention Award selected by our juror, please email the director of Gallery 21.

It can be given in your name or business or in memory of someone.

Call for Artists

Click the button below to download the Small Image Show Artwork Entry form.

Gallery of Previous Small Image Show

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