Annual Community Art Show

community art show

Each fall, the Palos Verdes Library District holds our Annual Community Art Show, inviting local artists, professional and amateurs alike, to participate.

Typically featuring almost 100 artists from around the Peninsula and the larger Los Angeles community, our Community Art Shows include artists of all backgrounds and experience levels. Pieces include many media forms such as photography, painting, collage, and sculpture.

The 2022 Community Art Show is now over. Check back in September for the application to the 2023 Community Art Show

2023 Calendar

September 1 Applications open
September 29 Applications due by 11:59pm Pacific Time
October 13 Artists notified which pieces have been selected for the show
November 6 Show opens
November 11 Reception & Awards, 6-8pm
January 5 Show Closes
January 10 - 24 Artists pick up pieces

Congratulations to the 2022 Community Art Show Winners:

First Place

James Muscarello – cast clay sculpture – Mask Over Troubled Waters

Second Place

Bette Jones – mixed media – Lizard Lookout

Third Place

Sharon Tousey – La Heladeria (The Ice Cream Shop)

Honorable Mentions

David Bright – Bean Sprout
Brian Boylan – Manhattan Beach Pier… BAM!!
Katherine Chiu – A View of the Moon
Lauren Eades – Upsidedown
Annalia Henderson – Under the Waves
Anh Ho – Shades of Palos Verdes
Erika Novitsky – Volume 2 Cover Art
Anahita Parnian – Stop Domestic Violence
Abby Song – The Daydreamer #1
Leticia Villa – Lady Sings in Blue

Entry Guidelines


Applicants may apply online or via paper form. Paper forms are available at all PVLD locations and to download at www.pvld.org/artinourlibrary

Paper forms may be mailed or scanned and emailed with photos to:
PVLD Art in Our Library
701 Silver Spur Rd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Entry Fees
Entry Fee: $10 per entry. Participants may submit up to 3 entries.
Students Grades 9-12: $5 per entry. Participants may submit up to 3 entries.
Online applicants may pay online or by check in the 2nd floor admininstration office at the Peninsula Center Library..
Paper applicants may pay by check or credit card in the 2nd floor admininstration office at the Peninsula Center Library.
Make checks payable to: Palos Verdes Library District
Age requirements
Participants must be at least 14 years old or in 9th grade.

Submitting Entry Images
Please upload an image of your entry with your online form. For paper applications, you must include a photo of each piece of artwork.

PVLD reserves the right to choose the artwork included in the show and the placement area of the artwork. All accepted work may be marked NOT FOR SALE (NFS) or FOR SALE. Artwork for sale is sold as is. All sales are final. If an item is for sale, please indicate the price you will accept. PVLD will retain a 20% commission fee on all sold items. If an item is sold, PVLD will remit the sale price, minus 20% commission, 3-4 weeks after the conclusion of the show. All artwork must remain in the show for the entire duration.

Artwork Drop-off
Each accepted work must be hand delivered and properly prepared for hanging or display. The artist is responsible for drop-off and pick-up. Artwork drop-off and pick-up is during specified times only or with prior arrangement. No shipped pieces will be accepted. Bags, boxes, and other transportation protectives will not be retained for pickup of artwork at the end of the show.

Art Preparation
Artwork not ready to hang upon delivery will not be accepted. Art should be properly framed, and/or finished on all edges and must include wire for hanging unless it is a 3-D piece. If not framed, textiles and quilts must supply hardware for display. Heavy or over-sized work, 60 lbs or over 72" in any direction will not be accepted due to space limitations. All work must be labeled with artist's contact information.

First: $200, Second: $100, Third: $50, and recognition for Honorable Mention categories. A "People's Choice" winner will also be awarded.

Liability and Conditions
Entry implies agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus. Utmost care and caution will be used in handling all art pieces during the installation and throughout the exhibition period; however, the artist agrees that PVLD will not be held responsible for loss or damage to art. (Gallery attendants will not be present during the exhibition period.) There are no refunds on entry fees nor guaranteed acceptance that any or all entries will be accepted. Entry submissions will not be returned. PVLD reserves the right to use photographic reproductions of works in the exhibition for publicity and other promotional purposes. If necessary, PVLD also reserves the right to change the dates and times of the exhibit.