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Randy Higbee Gallery
10th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition and Sale - Pastels and Watercolors - Over $8000 in Prizes and Awards

Pastels and Watercolors


The Randy Higbee Gallery is hosting the 10th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition and Sale. Once again, we will bring nationally acclaimed representational artists to a spectacular venue in Orange County, California. The gala opening will be held on Saturday, December 7th.   Artists are invited to submit up to 6 paintings measuring 6”x6” in size. The gallery will hang a maximum of three pieces per artist but we will accept extras for back up when items are sold. The gallery will display over 400 pieces and we have averaged selling over 150 pieces for the last three Exhibitions.


Important Changes! These important changes are being implemented to try to help make the largest art show in the United States just a little more manageable for us.



Do not send any artwork into the show that needs to be trimmed or squared.

The maximum pieces entered is 6.

The maximum accepted is 6.

The maximum pieces exhibited by any artist at any give time is three.



The gallery will work on a 65/35 split with 65% going to the artist. The gallery will have the option to give an additional 15% discount to its base of art resellers, artists purchasing from artists and clients who make multiple purchases. This 15% discount is taken off the retail price and is shared by artist/gallery. The discount has been a crucial marketing tool in getting our sales into the 150+ numbers.



All pieces must to be for sale (Exhibition and Sale!) and priced reasonably. Do not price your pieces to low. Do not price your pieces to high. We will not have anything exhibited under $250.


Format and Media

This is a 6x6 show. It is not a miniature show. If you have a 6x7, be sure to trim that extra inch off your piece before you send it to us! All traditional media (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc) will be accepted. Jewelry, sculpture, etc will not be accepted for this show. Eligibility open to all artists painting in representational work in traditional media. We are not going to trim your work so be sure it comes to us the right size. 


Entry and Fee Application

There is a $40 entry fee for 3 pieces. Each additional piece is an $8.00 charge. You may enter a maximum of 6 entries keeping in mind that we will accept a maximum of 6 pieces and  display a maximum of 3 pieces at one time by any one artist.


Word of Warning....

This is the largest art show in the United States and it is a mammoth undertaking.  The show this year will will have approximately 400 pieces.  This means that many people will not be accepted.  On the last show, we were forced to decline over 600 pieces.



All frames must be purchased from   You may use frames that you have used in the past.  Due to the challenges in keeping a show of this size cohesive, we will be limiting the styles of frames. You will receive a list of frames that will be a accepted.  This list will include discounted pricing.



Insurance and Liability

It is the artist’s responsibility to insure their work against any loss or damage while their art is at the gallery or while there art is being shipped to and from the gallery.



After an artist has been accepted, they will have the option of delivering or mailing their artworks to the gallery.


Prizes and Awards

Best in Show-  $2000 (This is a compilation of the top three lower categories)

Artists Choice- $1000 1st Place   $500 Second Place    $250 3rd Place

Collectors Choice- $1000 1st Place   $500 Second Place    $250 3rd Place

Randy Higbee Gallery Award-  $1000 1st Place  $500 Second Place   $250 3rd Place

 (1st place RHG award to be chosen by Jean Stern, Exec. Director of the Irvine Museum. RHG Staff to choose 2nd and 3rd)


The awards will be 50% cash and 50% credit for frames at the website.

There will be also be awards supplied by supporters and vendors of the Randy Higbee Gallery and Credit must be used within 90 days of the close of the show.



We need two forms, which you will supply to us upon your acceptance. One will be an information sheet to be taped to each piece of the art accepted and the other will be a form stating your return shipping and insurance information.


Return Shipping

There is a packaging and return shipping fee of $18.00 for the first piece and $8.00 for each additional piece. The gallery will lose money packing and shipping your pieces at this price. You must be sure to include your shipping and insurance information when you submit your work. We spend more time trying to get pieces sent back than we do processing them into the show. Please help us!


Important Dates:

Entry Deadline for Pastels and Watercolors: Sunday, October 20 @ Midnight

Entry Deadline for Oils and Acrylics: Sunday, October 27 @ Midnight


Notification of Acceptance:

Tuesday, October 22 - Pastels and Watercolors

Tuesday, October 27 - Oils and Acrylics


Please see that all pieces arrive within 7 to 10 working days after notification.


Opening and Artists Reception: Saturday, December 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Artists are encouraged to attend.


Closing date: I am putting the closing date at Thursday, December 21st for artists that might want to pick up their pieces before the Holiday.   We have historically continued the Exhibition and Sale through part of January

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