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Oceanside Museum of Art
GROWING WILD: Artist Alliance at San Diego Botanic Garden

GROWING WILD: Artist Alliance at San Diego Botanic Garden 2019
On View: August 11 to September 27, 2019

This is a call to artists who are members of Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance: 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 the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), Encinitas, CA.  
Submissions will be accepted exclusively through (OJS).

Theme: All things related to Botanicals. Consider artwork with landscapes, trees, leaves, flowers, desert-scapes, underwater plants, any and all types of foliage, or any subject matter including the above.

Co-Jurors: Kathi McCord and Peter Tobias
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
(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 are interested in participating in this exhibition must submit their membership applications for OMA 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 OJS 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 regarding participation in this show to exhibition coordinator Kay Colvin at


  • Submissions open: Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Submissions close: Monday, June 10, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Final acceptances announced: On or before Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Artwork drop-off at SDBG: Saturday, August 10, 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
  • Exhibition on view: August 11 – September 27, 2019
  • Reception: Sunday, August 18, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Artwork pick-up from SDBG: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm.


  • Exhibition Location: Ecke Building gallery, San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Eligibility: Must be current OMA member with the Artist Alliance add-on.
  • Submissions: All submissions will be processed through
  • Submission Fees: $20 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry, unlimited quantity
  • Artwork Details:
    • Priority will be given to works that have not been displayed as part of an Artist Alliance exhibition in the past five years.
    • All submissions must be original works of art. No giclees or other reproductions, with exception of limited edition prints and/or photography.
    • Artwork may be in any media or style and must be appropriate for all ages. 
  • Allowable Dimensions:
    • Wall mounted two- and three-dimensional work: maximum 50” high x 50” wide, including frame.
    • Original wall mounted three-dimensional artwork: maximum 50” tall x 50” wide x 4” deep including frame.
    • Artists 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 delivered with dimensions other than those stated in submission may be rejected and/or returned at artist’s expense. If your piece is framed, please include accurate unframed and framed measurements in your submission.
  • Artwork Specifications:
    • Artwork requiring special or unusual lighting, electricity, unusual methods of installation, or artwork that is too heavy to mount with 2 standard wall hooks on drywall 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 remove wires prior to delivery.
    • Weight: Arrwork must not be too heavy for mounting with 2 standard hooks on drywall.


  • ENTRY DEADLINE: 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), June 10, 2019
  • EXHIBITION:  Artworks for “Growing Wild” will be selected by co-jurors Kathi McCord and Peter Tobias. Exhibition runs August 11 through September 27, 2019 at San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA 92024.
  • ELIGIBILITY: To submit artwork for consideration in this exhibition, you must be a current member of OMA with the Artist Alliance add-on. Interested artists who are not a member of the Museum and Artist Alliance must submit their membership application before submitting artwork through OJS.

OMA and 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
  • 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 “GROWING WILD: Artist Alliance at SD Botanic Garden” 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) June 10, 2019.

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

OMA is not responsible for any technical difficulties with artwork submission. All submission issues will be handled exclusively by OJS. If you anticipate needing technical assistance with your submission, are experiencing difficulties, or have questions about your entries, please contact the OJS team at or phone OJS at 949-409-4061.


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 949-409-4061 to request assistance.

OMA is not responsible for any technical difficulties with artwork submission. All submission issues will be handled exclusively by OJS.

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 SDBG 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 SDBG 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 Friday, June 28, 2019. Detailed instructions will be given in the acceptance letter. Exhibiting artists will also receive a loan agreement, which must be completed, signed, and delivered with artwork. Signing of the loan agreement will signify that you allow OMA to act as your agent in agreeing to terms and conditions of the loan.
IMPORTANT CONTACT: 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 Exhibition Coordinator’s discretion after viewing the delivered artwork. See further ARTWORK SPECIFICATION details under the SUMMARY at the beginning of this prospectus. If artwork does not match these artwork specifications 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 SDBG will exercise usual care in handling of artwork but cannot be responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.

  • ARTWORK DROP-OFF at SDBG: August 10, 2019, 10:00am to 12:00 pm (noon). The gallery is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA.


  • ARTWORK PICK UP: Artwork must remain with the exhibition until pickup on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  1. SALES:

All sales will be conducted privately between the artist and the interested party. Artist contact information will be listed with the artwork (email and phone number) unless the artist indicates the artwork is Not For Sale (NFS). Sold artwork must remain with the exhibition through the end of the show, at which time the artist may arrange for delivery to buyer. SDBG requests 10% of sales. Donations to OMA from sales are appreciated but not mandatory; 20% of the proceeds is recommended. 

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

ABOUT THE JURORS: Kathi McCord and Peter Tobias

OMA Artist Alliance is thrilled to have the team of Kathi McCord and Peter Tobias as Co-Jurors for our “Growing Wild” exhibition at SDBG. Their individual fields of expertise converge for this botanical themed art exhibition.

Kathi McCord is an adjunct professor of drawing, design, printmaking, and film studies. She has exhibited her etchings and book illustrations for decades, and is known nationally as illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Marisol's Serape, a story she wrote and illustrated, which was based on her travels to the outdoor markets of Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru, sold over 1.5 million copies. Environmental degradation has been one of Kathi’s major concerns, exemplified by her 18-foot graphite mural “Vanishing Rainforest”, which she systematically erased in its entirety before audiences over the course of a 3-day ArtWalk in San Diego. 

With a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Peter Tobias enjoyed a long career in science while developing an interest in orchids. Beginning with a single Phalaenopsis plant, his orchid collection and expertise have grown exponentially. He co-founded and serves as President of the Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA) and lectures internationally at orchid societies, botanical gardens, and conservation conferences. He also leads OCA eco tours to exotic locations around the globe to raise awareness and funds for orchid conservation.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a 37-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Encinitas with four miles of garden trails and exotic specimen plants from throughout the world. The Garden serves a perfect backdrop for the botanical themed Growing Wild exhibition on display in the Ecke Building from August 11 to September 27, 2019. The Ecke Building hosts many events and meetings, providing considerable visibility for artists and their artworks.

Garden admission fees are waived for artists and their guests for the opening reception August 18. Garden admission is also free for San Diego County residents on Tuesday, September 2. On all other days, paid admission to the Garden or SDBG membership is your admission to view the Growing Wild exhibit. Daytime admission (9:00 – 5:00pm) is always free for Garden members. (Visit for SDBG membership and admission information.)   Parking is free for Garden members and cars with 4 or more passengers; $2.00 for nonmembers.

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

The mission of OMA 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 OMA, please visit

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

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