Visual Arts Festival 2017

Exhibition: May 18 - August 20, 2017
Entry Deadline: May 4, 2017

The Visual Arts Festival is a biannual statewide fine art small works competition where California artists have the opportunity to showcase new or recent works of art in an accredited fine art Museum. A visiting juror will choose the winners and select the works which will be included in the exhibition at Bakersfield Museum of Art.

BMoA is now accepting entries from all California artists, ages 18 and over, to participate in the 2017 Visual Arts Festival. Enter up to 3 new or recent works of art focused on the theme, "Looking Up" for a chance to win prizes, have your works on exhibit at the Museum, and consign your works during the festival. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on May 18, 2017, and posted throughout the run of the exhibition.

Entry Fee

$40 BMoA members
$50 non-members

Juried Awards

Best in Show - $800
Second Place - $500
Third Place - $200
Honorable Mention - No Cash Prize

Enter Online


1. Create up to three original 10 x 10 inch works of art, or submit artwork you have created within the last three (3) years, which adheres to the theme, "Looking Up."
2. Take a picture of your artwork. Crop the image so that no mat, frame, or extraneous materials appear. Save as a JPEG file with 300dpi resolution. Give the images a filename with the following format:  Last Name_First Initial#1 (or #2 or #3)_abbreviated painting name. For example, Cruz_V#1_EarlySunMorn.
3. Complete the online entry form - fill out form, upload picture of artwork, pay entry fee - by May 4, 2017.
4. Bring or mail your artwork to the Museum on May 5 or 6, 2017, by 4pm for judging.


Work must be unframed. Drawings, photographs, and other works on paper must be mounted on canvas, wood, or board. All work must be fitted with hanging devices. Sculptures must be mounted or able to stand on their own.


A juror not associated with Bakersfield Museum of Art will select the winning artwork as well as the pieces on exhibit. Artists will be notified of their acceptance of one to three entries by e-mail on May 13, 2017.    


All works must be for sale and may not exceed the price of $2,000. Work will be on 50% consignment during the exhibition.