PVA Gallery
37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11AM-4PM

PVA Porter Building
280 Main Street, Watsonville, CA
Limited Hours: Fridays 4PM-6PM
& by appointment

Artist Opportunities

In Touch Hanging Pod: Orb Cluster, © 2022 by Stephanie Metz

Exhibition Opportunities Abound At PVA

Pajaro Valley Arts mounts six to eight art exhibitions each year. Curated shows include:

  • Invitational: Artists are invited by the curator to participate.
  • Membership: PVA members are entitled to participate in our annual popular Members Exhibit. Membership also allows artists to receive “Calls for Artists” through our newsletter. Read more about PVA membership

    Call for Artists


    Call for Emerging Artists – All Media – Deadline: April 7, 2023

    Emergence: coming into being or prominence
    Curator: Tim Sterling

    Exhibit dates: May 31 – July 16, 2023
    Opening Reception: Sunday June 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

    PVA invites your participation in this all-media exhibit, which seeks to honor artists who are just emerging onto the art scene in Santa Cruz County and beyond. College students are encouraged to apply.

    To Enter
    You may submit the entry form (see page 3) with a portfolio of up to 5-10 digital images of current work, new to PVA, for consideration via e-mail to Exhibit Coordinator, Hedwig Heerschop, or fill out this Google Form. Images of the work submitted should be jpgs no larger than 300 dpi and 6” in any direction. If submitting podcasts or videography, please submit a sample of work not to exceed 5 minutes in length, with a description of what is anticipated the content to be. Please title the jpgs with first, last name and the title of the piece. There are no specific subject requirements or limitations. The Curator and Gallery Committee will make the final selection of works to be shown.

    Once selected, artists will be notified and receive a loan agreement in which they will provide the title of each work and the sale price. All works shown must be for sale.

    PDF entry form here: Fillable PDF Entry Form here

    Complete the Entry Form electronically by clicking the following link: ENTRY FORM

    Sculpture IS: “In the Garden”  2023
    Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens

    Deadline: May 1, 2023
    Exhibit Dates: June 1 – October 31, 2023
    Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 2023 – 5:00pm -7:00pm
    Curators: Susana Arias, Hedwig Heerschop & Jeff Rosendale

    We invite your participation in the 17th annual Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) sculpture exhibition, taking place in the beautiful two-acre Sierra Azul Nursery demonstration gardens, located at 2660 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, California. We have enjoyed sixteen critically and financially successful exhibits, and look forward to including your sculpture in our 17th exhibit.

    Pieces submitted must be weatherproof (to be insured), and should be of a scale suitable for outdoor display. Our summer coastal weather includes sunshine, fog, wind and rain. Pieces intended for display on pedestals taller than 18” may not be selected. We have limited access to electricity for the installation and display of sculpture. Upright ceramic sculpture will need to be able to be internally secured, likely with a rod inside that can be set into the soil or a pedestal. Sculpture larger than 30” is encouraged. Pieces with bold negative and positive elements and pieces 5 to 6 feet tall show best in the garden.

    All visual artists currently residing in California working in three-dimensional media suitable for display outdoors are eligible to enter.
    Entry form here: Sculpture_Is- Garden_2023

Do you want to curate an exhibition?

PVA exhibitions must include at least 5 individual artists, and have included as many as 65 artists. Submissions are chosen for excellence, uniqueness and relevance to our mission of bringing the community together through art. The gallery schedule is often established 2 years in advance. However, proposals are reviewed at any time. The Gallery Committee considers submitted proposals at its monthly meetings. Curators of accepted shows are expected to attend Gallery Committee meetings and will be assigned a mentor(s) to assist them.
Contact the PVA office for guidelines.

Do you want to apply for a Pop-Up date?

Call our gallery at 831-722-3062 for information.

Current Artist Opportunities