Each fall, the Palos Verdes Library District holds our Annual Community Art Show, inviting both professional and amateur local artists to participate. Artists from the community are able to exhibit their work throughout the entire library, a heavily-trafficked, accessible platform. The exhibit and opening reception is highly anticipated by our patrons and the artists, allowing them to connect in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 

The 2020 application period will open in September, 2020.

Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners!

1st place winner: 

Jared Schwartz for “Pull My Finger”

2nd place winner: 

Janelle Cabrera for “Eleanor”

3rd place winners: 

Michael Cinnamond for "Live on the Edge"

Stacy Yoshimitsu for "Adventures of the Yoshimitsus"

Honorable Mentions:

George Chirinian for "Capri Harbour"

Isabella Dileva for "Italia"

Guillermo Madrid for "Wake Up"

McKinley Pieper for "Scrimmage"

Monique Saul Duinker for "Remnants"

Monique Saul Duinker for "Vibrant Labyrinth"

Katherine Sheehan for "Trickster Coyote and the Butterflies that Flew Over Walls"

Sari Staggs for "Young Dancer"

Reese Stame by "Betta of Blue"


2019 Calendar

September 3rd Applications open
September 30th Applications due
October 14th Artists notified which pieces have been selected for the show
October 15th-30th Drop off art work from 10 am to 4 pm, Mon-Fri, Administration Office
November 16th Exhibition opening and reception, 5 to 7 pm
December 31st Exhibition closes
January 6th-11th Pick up art work 10 am to 4 pm, Mon-Fri, Administration Office

Entry Guidelines

Participants must be at least 14 years old or in 9th Grade.

Entry Fees:

General Participants: $10 per entry. Participants may submit up to 3 entries.
Students Grades 9-12: $5 per entry. Participants may submit up to 3 entries.
Submissions will be accepted via online form or via paper forms available in the library only.
Entry fees may be paid online with credit card or checks maybe made payable to: Palos Verdes Library District

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

Acceptance and Sales: 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, 2-3 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.

Artwork Preparation: Artwork not ready to hang upon delivery will not be accepted. Art should be properly framed, and/or finished on all edges and include wire for hanging. 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.

Awards: 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.

2018 Winners

1st place winner, James Muscarello for “Check Your Pulse”

2nd place winner, Barbara Beer for “Trakei Tower”

3rd place winner, Tim Hurley for “Old Views Run Deep - Oceanic Anglerfish Bottom Trawler”

Honorable Mentions:
Soo Byun for “Clearing”
Janelle Carbajal for “Excerpt 1”
Tim Hurley for “Ocean Splash”
Kristy Jimenez for “Cars of Havana”
George Marlowe for “The Military Industrial Complex”
Nao Norizuki for “China Town”
Sharon Oblinger for “Cityscape”
Jack Padian for “Viewpoint”
Margaret Yuko Tran for “Inside the Round House”
Caroline Turnball for “Place and Time”