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Oceanside Museum of Art
OMA at Sparks Gallery: Creative License

Creative License: Artist Alliance at Sparks Gallery

On View: April 27 to July 7, 2019


This is a call to artists who are members of Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance and residents of Southern California: You are invited to submit any number of entries for consideration in this juried art exhibition presented by Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) that will take place at Sparks Gallery in San Diego, CA.  


This exhibition does not have a theme – you have “Creative License”!


Submissions will be accepted exclusively through (OJS).


Title of Exhibition: Creative License


Juror: Sonya Sparks


Venue: Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

(See the Juror and Venue information at the end of Detailed Guidelines for Entry section.)


Artists who are not members of the OMA Artist Alliance but live in Southern California and are interested in participating in this exhibition must submit their membership applications for Oceanside Museum of Art with the Artist Alliance add-on before submitting artwork for consideration. Details on how to join can be found in this prospectus. (See Item # 3 under Detailed Guidelines for Entry.)


Thank you for being a part of OMA. Your submission fees (less Online Juried Shows listing fee) and Membership dues go toward supporting the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.


After carefully reading this prospectus in its entirety, you may direct remaining questions to exhibition coordinator Kay Colvin at



  • Submissions open: Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Submissions close: Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Final acceptances announced: On or before March 7, 2019
  •  Artwork drop-off at Sparks Gallery: Monday April 15 through Sunday April 21
  •  Regular business hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-7:00pm, Sat 11:00am-7:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Exhibition on view: April 27­­–July 7, 2019
  • Reception: Saturday, April 27, 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Artwork pick-up from Sparks Gallery: Monday July 8 through Wednesday July 10, by appointment only



Exhibition Location: Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


 Eligibility: Must be a current Oceanside Museum of Art member with the Artist Alliance add-on.


Must be a resident of Southern California as requested by Sparks Gallery.


 Submissions: All submissions will be processed through


 Submission Fees: $20 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry, unlimited quantity


  • Artwork Details:

All submissions must be original works of art.


 All artwork must be for sale. Not For Sale artwork will not be accepted.


 Artwork may be in any media or style. Tasteful nudity is acceptable.


 Limited edition signed prints ARE eligible, including: photography, digital compositions, traditional printmaking methods of woodblock, linocut, etching, engraving, lithography, or silkscreen prints.


 Giclees or other similar reproductions of original work ARE NOT eligible, including but not limited to reproductions of paintings, drawings, collage, assemblage, traditional print making methods, and all three-dimensional media.


·Allowable Dimensions:

Wall mounted two- and three-dimensional work: maximum 120” height x 60” width, including frame.


Free standing three-dimensional work must be appropriate size for display on a 24” x 24” or 16” x 16” pedestal.


Please Note: There are more spaces for smaller works, you are encouraged to submit a variety of sizes.


·If you are unsure of the dimensions of your submissions, please measure for the sake of accuracy. Artwork arriving at the gallery with dimensions other than those stated in submission may be rejected and/or returned at artist’s expense.


·Artwork requiring special or unusual lighting, electricity, or unusual methods of installation cannot be accommodated.


        ·Edges of unframed two-dimensional artwork must be finished or gallery wrapped.


·Hardware: Artwork must be installation-ready upon delivery. D Rings must be installed on the back at precisely equal distances from the top of all wall-mounted work. Please do not deliver artwork with wires attached.





1.    ENTRY DEADLINE: 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), Monday, February 18, 2019.


2.    EXHIBITION:  Artworks for Creative Licensewill be selected by juror Sonya Sparks and exhibited April 27 through July 7, 2019 at Sparks Gallery.


3.    ELIGIBILITY: To submit artwork for consideration in this exhibition, you must be a current member of Oceanside Museum of Art with the Artist Alliance add-on and a resident of Southern California. Interested artists who are not a member of the Museum and Artist Alliance must submit their membership application before submitting artwork through Online Juried Shows.


Per Sparks Gallery, only artists who reside in Southern California are eligible to show at this venue.


      OMA Artist Alliance can be joined by one of the following methods:

·Online: Visit Choose any level of membership and then add Artist Alliance

·By phone: Call the OMA membership center at (760) 435-3724

·In person: Visit Oceanside Museum of Art at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA


4.    ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS: Entries will be accepted exclusively through When entering for the first time, follow the instructions for opening an account and creating a password. Record your password for reuse in all future entries with Scroll down to locate the exhibition “OMA at Sparks Gallery and follow the directions for entry. When filling out your artwork information for this show, please be sure all information and spelling is correct. All information entered by the artist will be used “as is” throughout the entire exhibition. Entry form must be completely and accurately filled out providing all requested information regarding the artwork and the artist. If you are unsure of the actual dimensions of your submissions, please measure for the sake of accuracy.

No changes can be made after the entry deadline, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) Monday, February 18, 2019.


For further instructions on how to enter through Online Juried Shows, please visit the guide on this link:

Oceanside Museum of Art is not responsible for any technical difficulties with artwork submission. All submission issues will be handled exclusively by Online Juried Shows (OJS). If you anticipate needing technical assistance with your submission, are experiencing difficulties, or have questions about your entries, please contact the Online Juried Shows team at or phone OJS at 949-287-8645.




Complete instructions for DIGITAL IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS are found on as follows: It is not necessary for digital image file(s) to be pre-formatted to the 1920 x 1920 pixel size. Digital image of each work submitted will be automatically resized. However, for the best image quality it is suggested that each image be submitted at 1920 pixels @ 72dpi on the LONGEST side. A MINIMUM of 800 pixels on its longest side will be accepted. Files may be submitted in JPG, TIFF, BMP or PNG formats.  [Recommended: sRGB color space.] 


List sizes up to the nearest half inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right side up.


Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need further help entering your images, please send email to: or phone OJS at 949-287-8645 to request assistance.


Note: The quality of clarity, sharpness, color and lighting of your images contribute greatly to the understanding of your artwork and assists jurors in their decision-making process. If an artwork does not match the appearance of the electronic entry image, it may be rejected after delivery. Please submit your images accordingly

  1. USE OF IMAGES: By submitting images to the exhibition, the entrant warrants that he/she created each of the artworks submitted for consideration in the exhibition and that he/she possesses all legal rights to them. The entrant agrees that all submitted images selected by our juror may be used for marketing and promotional purposes related to the exhibition. By providing the images and other information through this entry, the entrant gives permission for OMA, OMA Artist Alliance, and Sparks Gallery to use images of accepted artwork for promotion, reference, printed materials and online postings related to this exhibit as well as in future advertising. All images used by OMA, OMA Artist Alliance and Sparks Gallery shall be credited to the artist. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.


  1. ENTRY FEE: At the end of the entry process, payment can be made using a valid credit card. Unlimited numbers of entries per Entrant are allowed. Entry Fees: $20 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry, unlimited. Entry fees are nonrefundable.


  1. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Selected artists will receive via email an Acceptance Letter from on or before Thursday, March 7, 2019. Exhibiting artists will also receive a loan form. Detailed instructions will be given in the acceptance letter.


Please Note: Once juried results are announced, if an accepted artwork is no longer available to exhibit or if it becomes unavailable for any reason at any point before the exhibition opens, a substitute may not be used and the artist must forfeit the acceptance without a refund of jurying fees. Artwork must remain with the exhibit during the entire length of the show.


9.    IMPORTANT: Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure all notifications are received.


  1. CONDITIONS: Final acceptance of entries in the exhibition is up to the Juror and Gallery staff’s discretion after viewing the delivered artwork. If artwork does not match the appearance of the electronic entry, if actual dimensions of artwork are different from those noted with the submission, if artwork requires special or unusual lighting or unusual methods of installation that cannot be accommodated, if the workmanship, framing, or edge finish is not suitable quality for gallery presentation, or if artwork is a reproduction or giclee of original work, the artwork will be disqualified and returned at the artist’s expense.


All work delivered must be ready to hang with D-rings installed on reverse at precisely equal distance from the top of artwork. Please do not deliver artwork with wires attached. If work that is not installation-ready is delivered, it will be disqualified and returned at the artist’s expense.


Insurance: OMA will provide coverage for the replacement value of the work or the fair costs of repair should loss or damage occur during the course of exhibition. OMA and Sparks Gallery will exercise usual care in handling of artwork but cannot be responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.

Each exhibiting artist will be required to sign a loan agreement with OMA for loan of the work.


11. ARTWORK DROP-OFF at Sparks Gallery:

Monday April 15 through Sunday April 21

Regular business hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-7:00pm, Sat 11:00am-7:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm


The gallery is located at 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. In case of conflict, please contact Katie Sanderson at for assistance with special arrangements. If alternative arrangements for artwork drop off are necessary, arrangements must be made no later than one week in advance of the assigned drop off date.


The artist must remove all packing material at the time of drop off.  Packing material will not be stored or provided at time of pick up.


12. ARTWORK PICK UP: Monday July 8 through Wednesday July 10, by appointment only


The artist must bring any necessary packing materials at the time of pick up.


  1. SALES: All artwork must be for sale. Sales will be conducted by Sparks Gallery staff. The artist will receive 50% of listed sale price.

Sold artwork must remain with the exhibition through the end of the show, at which time the artist may arrange for delivery.   


  1. THE ENTRY FORM IS A CONTRACT: By submitting this entry form, the submitting artist agrees to all terms as stated above.



Sonya Sparks is the owner and chief curator at Sparks Gallery. Sonya studied art in conjunction with obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the University of San Diego. Sonya founded Sparks Gallery to encourage the patronage of local artists, support local art groups and institutions, and to educate the public about Southern California artists. 


ABOUT THE VENUE: Sparks Gallery

Located at 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

Sparks Gallery is housed within the historic Sterling Hardware Building in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, located between Island & Market on Sixth Avenue. Sparks Gallery represents and shows contemporary artwork by artists living in Southern CA and is also an event space.


ABOUT OMA ARTIST ALLIANCE: The Artist Alliance is an affiliate group of membership dedicated to the support of Oceanside Museum of Art. Artist Alliance provides opportunities for interaction, visibility, and growth for artists in the region.


The mission of Oceanside Museum of Art is to educate and inspire the public through a diverse range of engaging exhibitions and programs that connect people with regional, national and global artists and art forms of the 20th and 21st centuries. OMA operates as a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.


For questions about this exhibition please email Kay Colvin at


For more information on Oceanside Museum of Art, please visit


Oceanside Museum of Art

704 Pier View Way

Oceanside, CA 92054





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