Art legend Andy Warhol once said “everybody is looking for fifteen minutes of fame.“ He entered the record books in 2012 as the year’s highest grossing artist, recording total sales of $380.5 million last year, according to artnet.com. That is great inspiration for artists who seek fifteen minutes of fame -- or even more -- this year.
The timing is good right now in San Diego. The San Diego Art Institute is now reviewing online submissions for exhibition at the 52nd International Award Exhibition. Submissions began this week and continue through March 1. Unlike many other juried exhibitions, there is no limit on the number of works of art which can be submitted. There is a small review fee of $20 for the first submission and $ 10 for each additional submission, but that is modest compared to most other art contest entry fees.
An online instruction video coaches applicants on how to submit their artwork to the San Diego Art Institute for consideration online. If the work is accepted, the San Diego Art Institute usually charges a 40% sales commission and the artist is paid the balance of the sales amount.
Emerging artists have another opportunity to display their talents in San Diego. On April 27 and 28, the Mission Federal Artwalk will return to Little Italy, just north of downtown San Diego. This weekend show allows individual artists to rent booths for a modest fee of $465 and keep the sales of all the art they sell for themselves. They also get to keep the lists of all the visitors in their guest books, a good source of future art patrons. Selection is competitive and can be completed with online submission of information about the artist and the works of art to be shown. This highly promoted event is free to the public and attracts thousands of art collectors from throughout Southern California.