Small Image Show

The 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 the 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.

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

All submissions must be handmade by the artist.

  • First and second entry $30 (total for both).
  • Each additional entry is $10 per – a maximum of eight (8) entries per artist.
  • The entry fee is non-refundable.
  • Electronic Artwork Entry Forms are available on this page (Small Image Show Entry Form) and/or at check-in tables on jury day.

2-D Artwork

  1. Artwork must measure 10″ x 10″ or smaller, including the frame.
  2. Artwork must fit in a 10″x10″x10″ cube, including the display.
  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 close of the show.
  • Please note: All exhibited work MUST be for sale and no work may be withdrawn before the close of the show.

47th Annual Small Image Show

The Gallery 21 SMALL IMAGE SHOW marks its 47th year in January 2023. 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?

Show Dates

Artwork Entry Dates:

Friday, January 13, 2023 / 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday, January 14, 2023 / 10 am – 5 pm

Non-Accepted Artwork Pickup:

Saturday, January 21, 2023 / 10 am – 5 pm

Show Opens To the Public:

Friday, January 27, 2023 / 11 am

Reception & Awards:

Saturday, January 28, 2023 / 4:30 pm – 7 pm

Awards will be announced at 6 pm

Show Closes:

Sunday, February 26, 2023 / 4 pm

Art Pickup at Close of Show:

Monday, February 27, 2023 / 10 am – 5 pm


Juror Selected Awards

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$300 – First Place

$200 – Second Place

$100 – Third Place

$50 – Honorable Mentions

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

Entry Form

Submission Checklist

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

Artwork (see Preparation of Art).

Artwork Entry Form – Download from here to fill it out electronically and print. There will also be some copies of the form at the gallery at check-in.

Jury Fee – 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.

Entry Form


Jim Brown Memorial Award

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An Award is 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.

Entry Form


If you have any questions, please contact us.


Sponsor an Honorable Mention

If you wish to support the show by sponsoring an 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.


Small Image Show Prospectus

Click the button to download the Small Image Show Prospectus brochure.


Artwork Entry


Click the button below to fill out the online Small Image Show Entry Form.

Small Image Show | Entry Form

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