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Our Guild Members are the lifeblood of the 29 Palms Art Gallery. This all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 Guild was started by eight artists in 1951-2, the permanent Gallery space was opened in 1963, and it continues to be operated and supported by Guild Members today. Members have the opportunity to exhibit artwork in members-only exhibitions, enter annual juried shows, or be considered for featured-artist exhibitions. Other perks include: free links to member websites, art classes, artist professional development, weekly paint outs, invitations to important events, and docent or volunteer opportunities.

RANGE OF EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES – Each year, the 29 Palms Art Gallery presents a range of exhibitions that reinforce the mission of the Guild and the Gallery, and supports the artists and the community we serve. The diversity and mix of exhibitions reflects an ever-changing artistic community as well as the Gallery’s roots and traditions.

MEMBERS’ EXHIBITIONS – Guild Members are invited to submit up to 2 artworks on In/Out Day when there are designated Members Exhibitions. Please check the Exhibition Schedule available online or in print.

JURIED EXHIBITIONS – An open call is publicized, artists submit artwork for review, a juror or jury evaluates the work to determine acceptance, and artworks are selected for an award(s). Example: Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition Juried Show.

JUDGED EXHIBITIONS – An open call is publicized, artists submit artwork, and a judge evaluates the work to determine awards. Example: Student Art Exhibition.

Note: In both Juried and Judged Exhibitions, entries must have been completed within the last 5 years and may not have been entered previously in the same judged or juried show at the Gallery. Rules, categories, entry fees, and awards will be established by the Curator and Exhibition Committee in advance of the show and announced publicly.

CURATED EXHIBITIONS – The Gallery Curator develops an idea for an exhibition, invites specific artists to participate, and selects works for presentation. Example: Art Detour: Hi-Desert Highlights

FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITIONS – Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals for individual and group exhibitions, the Gallery Curator meets with the Exhibition Committee to review all proposals, and exhibitions are selected for the Exhibition Calendar year (September – August).

Exhibition Proposals may be submitted year round, the Curator’s search for artists/exhibitions is ongoing, and a public Call for Exhibition Proposals will be issued in the winter. All proposals to be considered for the exhibition season (September – August) are due by the end of April, will be reviewed by the Curator and the Exhibition Committee in May, and selections announced at the end of May. Stayed tuned for specific info and dates via email, newsletter, website and FB.

EXHIBITION SELECTION FACTORS – Each year we receive a number of fantastic applications from artists and curators for the upcoming exhibition season (September – August). There are numerous variables that go into the exhibition decision-making process, among them selecting the highest quality art. We must also carefully consider how the variety of exhibitions function together over the course of the year and how they serve our diverse community.

In the coming year, please look for a presentation on how to apply for an exhibition slot and gain an understanding about the factors involved in selecting exhibitions. In the meantime, if you are interested in showing at the Gallery, become a Guild Member. All Guild Members have opportunities over the course of the year to show their work in Members Exhibitions and we strongly encourage your participation.


  • All work must be original; copies of another artist’s work are not acceptable. Please be mindful of copyright infringement.
 Exception: students doing a study of another work of art, must cite the original source in the title.
  • All work submitted must be by a living artist and be the sole property of the submitting artist. All work must be completed within the last five years.
  • All work must stay for the entire run of the exhibition, unless sold.
  • Work submitted should be for sale. Some exceptions may apply.
  • Size limits: wall-hung art should generally not exceed 72” in any direction and weight should not exceed 40 lbs. 
 Freestanding work should not be more than 50 lbs and anything over 25 lbs must be positioned by the Artist with the
 approval of the Curator. The Gallery will provide a base for freestanding work unless the Curator agrees to allow a base
 brought in by the Artist. Any deviations from these requirements may be discussed with the Curator.
  • Works determined to be a safety hazard (i.e. sharp edges, etc.) or that could cause damage to any physical aspect of
 the Gallery such as carpet, paint, or fixtures might not be accepted.
  • Artwork bearing any promotional/informational material other than the Artist’s name or signature may not be accepted.

PREPARATION – It is the Artist’s responsibility to have the work prepared and ready for presentation. Wall entries must be dry, framed, wired, and ready to hang. We use the WALKER HANGING SYSTEM in order to preserve the original adobe walls in the Gallery. Saw tooth, bracket hangars, triangle, nails, screws, putty, glue, staples, double-backed tape, or other methods of hanging will not be accepted. Please note: gauge of wire should be sufficient for the weight of the work and artwork should be secured in frame, and frames must be in good on condition. Each artwork should be submitted with 2 labels, each with the following info: artist name, title, date, medium, address, phone, and email. One label must be attached to back, the other to the front.

FEES – Artists may submit up to two artworks. Fee is $10 per entry ($7 per entry for students and or seniors 65 and over). Fees may be waived if artists or their representative (i.e. spouse/partner) sign up to docent for the month of the exhibition in which they wish to participate.

SALE OF ARTWORK – The gallery commission for sale of artwork is 33 1/3 % for non-members and a 25% for members. The Guild shall pay the Artist at the conclusion of the show. Artwork purchased is encouraged to remain at the Gallery during the course of the exhibition, but the buyer may take it at the time of sale. When a work of art is sold, the docent will call the artist, who then has the option of replacing it. The work should be of similar size and price.

DELIVERY AND PICK UP OF WORK – Artwork must be delivered to the 29 Palms Art Gallery (74055 Cottonwood Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 / 760.367.7819) between the hours of 9:00 and 11:30 am on the IN/OUT day listed on the Exhibition Schedule.

Artwork must be picked up on the IN/OUT day after the close of the exhibition (please check the Exhibition Schedule). Individuals, other than the artist, claiming artwork must present written authorization from the artist. Unclaimed work will be stored at the Gallery and can be picked up during business hours. The Gallery assumes no responsibility for its safety. The Guild will notify an Artist about unclaimed work after 30 days by email or registered mail and if not picked up, the artwork will become property of the Gallery after 90 days.

IN/OUT DAY PROCEDURES – IN/OUT day generally occurs on the first Monday of each month from 9:00 – 11:30 am, with a few exceptions. Please check the Exhibition Schedule for exact dates. Accepting submissions after 11:30 am is at the discretion of the Curator.

The Main Gallery (East Gallery) serves as the Intake Room, where Gallery personnel receive art, artists sign the Exhibition Agreement, and the Treasurer accepts payments.

The Pickering Room serves as the Outtake Room. A small table is set up and each artist must sign out their piece(s) in the Artist Agreement Binder before taking them from the Gallery. A Gallery representative must countersign the Out section of the Artist Agreement.

The Curator will work with featured artists during months when the Main and West galleries have curated or feature shows.

MEMBERS AGREEMENT or NON-MEMBERS CONSIGNMENT AGREEMENT – A completed Members Agreement or Non-Members Consignment Agreement must accompany every entry. Multiple entries may be listed on one form. The limit is two per show for Members Exhibitions, unless otherwise stated.

The artist must file an AGREEMENT form and all works must be signed in and out by the Artist. Delivery or pick up of artwork by anyone other than the Artist requires authorization in writing or email.

RESPONSIBILITY – Although the Gallery is insured and all precautions will be taken by the Guild to ensure the safety of the works, the 29 Palms Artists Guild and Art Gallery assumes no responsibility for damage or loss. Artists may wish to procure their own insurance.

If an artist sells a work and agrees to ship it to the buyer, it is the artist′s responsibility to pack, ship, insure, and pay all costs incurred.

RECEPTIONS – Receptions usually occur the 1st Sunday of each month, but there are a few deviations. Please see the Exhibition Schedule. The Gallery provides some beverages and food, but we encourage artists and friends to bring a potluck dish.