Island Art Exhibition

We believe that including the arts in the international island symposium is a critical component in cultivating a greater appreciation of the unique California islands. We are pleased to announce this island art exhibition.

Schedule of Island Art Exhibitions and Presentations


October 3 - 7, 2016                                                   California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA

October 9 – November 6, 2016                         Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA

Exhibition Prizes

First Place - $500
Second Place - $300
Third Place - $200

All winning entries and the Conference Choice entry will be published on the California Islands Symposium, Channel Islands National Park, and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden websites.  

2016 Exhibition Calendar

Apr. 1      Accepting Entry Forms and images

Jul. 19    Deadline for receipt of images

Aug. 3 Selection results mailed

Sep. 26   Deadline for shipped artwork to be received

Sep. 28   Deadline for hand-carried artwork

Oct. 3     Exhibition opens California Islands Symposium; Exhibition opens to the public

Oct. 7     Exhibition closes at 1:00 pm

Oct. 9     Exhibition opens at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Nov. 6    Exhibition closes at 3:00 pm.  Pick-up until 5:00 pm

Nov. 8    Artwork shipped back to artists

Open to all artists. Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the California islands. All entries must depict some aspect of the California islands. No artwork depicting mainland California will be accepted.

Digital Image Procedure

Entries may include up to three digital images. Artists will pay one entry fee for three images. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. It is crucial that all images be on the highest quality so our judges can fully appreciate and scrutinize your entry.

Entry Fees
$40 for each entry. Entry may include up to three images.

Enter your images online at

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  If you need help entering your images, please contact or call (949) 287-8645.

Jury Procedure
All artwork will be juried by digital image. Criteria for acceptance will include artistic presentation and technical use of medium, represented by a high-quality digital image. Artists whose work has been accepted will be notified by email by July 30, 2016. Winners will be selected by judges; final choices will be confirmed in person at the conference. The Conference Choice winner will be chosen by attendee votes at the conference.


Bruce Everett, Professor Emeritus, California State University Northridge, is a renowned landscape painter with over 50 years of experience teaching at the college level as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design.   His work is represented in museum and corporate collections, public commissions, and has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  Everett’s work appears in many publications including L.A.Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980.

Hank Pitcher, painter of California culture and the coastal landscape, is a Senior Lecturer SOE of the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been part of the core faculty since 1971. A cross-disciplinarian active in conservation, Pitcher is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of California Natural Reserve System, the Oak Group, and supporter of numerous local and national conservation organizations.  He is represented by Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, Santa Barbara.

Karen Kitchel is intrigued by concepts of native vs. invasive, and landscapes that contain stories of human exploration, occupation, and change.  The resulting paintings combine meticulous craftsmanship with a conceptual point of view and aggressive, minimalist presentation.

Kitchel’s oil paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout the U.S., and are in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Denver Art Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the U.S. State Department, among others.

Karen Kitchel was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College and Claremont Graduate University. She has exhibited professionally for over thirty years, and is represented by Robischon Gallery of Denver, CO, and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, NM and New York, NY.

- Call for Entries

Questions?  Please contact the 9th California Islands Symposium Planning Committee: