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The Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show is an annual juried art show that honors the agricultural roots, resources, and traditions of the ethnically-diverse communities in the Central Valley, a large expanse of rich farm land throughout California's San Joaquin Valley that produces the fruits and crops needed to feed the world. 

The Fresno Arts Council seeks to highlight the Central Valley's agricultural industry by showing original works of art created by Central Valley-based artists.

Categories include:

  • Agricultural Landscapes
  • People & Agriculture
  • Machines & Technology in Agriculture
  • Documentary Photography
  • Manipulated Photography
  • Sculpture, Assemblage & Found Objects


December 1, 2020   Call for Entries officially opens

March 1, 2021           Deadline for all entries is 11:59 PM PST

March 9, 2021          Acceptance Notifications

April 2021                 Juried Exhibition begins (exact dates TBA)

End of April 2021     Final day for artists to retrieve unsold artwork*


DISCIPLINES: At this time, we are seeking only original artworks within the visual arts disciplines (painting, illustration, drawing, documentary photography, manipulated photography) and three-dimensional visual arts disciplines (sculpture, pottery, assemblage, found objects, metalwork) only. Original artworks from other disciplines such as literature and performances such as music and drama will not be considered.


  1. Applicant must be the sole creator of the original artwork(s) submitted. Artist collaborations are ineligible.
  2. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age on or before December 1, 2020.
  3. Applicant must reside within any of the 19 counties, a.k.a. the Central Valley region, in California.
  4. Submit a brief and concise one-page cover letter for each application, detailing up to three (3) works of art submitted for the 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show. Please include the following information: daytime contact (full name, mailing address, telephone numbers, e-mail), artist or personal website URL (if available), and full description of each artwork (media, style, dimensions, weight, and general subject matter).
  5. Artworks submitted for the 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show must have been completed between the 2019-2021 calendar years, and must be original works of art. Copies and/or replications of original artworks will not be accepted.
  6. Applicant is responsible for shipping and handling of all original artworks to the Fresno Arts Council office located at 1245 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno CA 93721. All original artworks must be received by the Fresno Arts Council on or before March 2021 (date TBA), for cataloguing and installation at physical location. Should events occur where a physical installation is not possible and a virtual gallery must be instead created, details will be discussed with artist at least 14 days prior to event start date. The Fresno Arts Council will provide local transport of original artworks (with reasonable limits) to and from our office in Downtown Fresno to gallery destination for installation only (if safe to do so). Applicant is responsible for all shipping and handling activities, including processing fees, related to the mailing and return of said original artworks to and from the Fresno Arts Council. The Fresno Arts Council is not responsible for storing sculptures, assemblage & found object installations after the closing date and time of the 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show (in the case of a physical installation).
  7. Applicants may submit up to the three (3) original artworks per submitted entry form through Submittable.
  8. The entry fees are due at the time of submitted application and are as follows: One artwork submitted: $30.00; Two artworks submitted: $40.00; Three artworks submitted: $50.00
  9. Applicants may submit as many individual applications as desired; all fees apply.
  10. Applicants must upload digital images of each original artwork submitted in each application: Images must capture the entire original artwork. No cropped images accepted. Images must be in .jpg format, and no wider than 1280 pixels. Images must be reasonably crisp, or at least 72 dpi resolution. Images must not be larger than 2MB each. If image files must be compressed, please select medium compression quality. EACH IMAGE FILE must be labeled using this format: last name_first name_title of artwork submitted, e.g. Smith_Rachel_Tractors After The Rain
  11. Regarding Framed Artwork: each original artwork must be fully-dried, framed, securely-wired, and ready-to-hang. Acrylic is preferred over glass, for safety purposes.
  12. Maximum weight limit for each original artwork is fifty (50) pounds.
  13. Maximum dimensions for each original artwork is thirty-four (34) inches tall, and no wider than sixty (60) inches across.
  14. Regarding Three-Dimensional Works Of Art: The Fresno Arts Council is not responsible for the storage, transport, and/or shipping and handling of three-dimensional artworks to the applicant following the close of the event, i.e. 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture.
  15. All submitted original artworks must be available for purchase.
  16. Entrants selected for the 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show will be notified by e-mail and/or phone from a representative from the Fresno Arts Council by the end of the first week in March 2021. Please do not call or e-mail the Fresno Arts Council regarding the status of your entry prior to this time window.
  17. Notified entrants will be requested to provide a brief artist's bio of 100 words (or less) after the first week in March 2021; and be asked to sign a Fresno Arts Council Release of Liability Form to complete the registration process.


The 2021 Arts Alive in Agriculture Juried Art Show panel of judges will be composed of qualified artists and arts patrons from the agriculture & arts communities. Winning entries selected by the judges are final. No entry fees will be refunded.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.