Crocker Kingsley


The Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition was first juried in 1940, a tradition that continues to the present day. Over the past 80 years, this prestigious show has included many premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, and Wayne Thiebaud. In the past, this competition has solely featured California artists. However, starting in 2021, the exhibition will be open to submissions from all artists nationally. Works selected by this year’s juror, Carrie Lederer will be on display in all 4 galleries at Blue Line Arts. Cash awards will be presented for the following: 

1st place: $2,000 2nd place: $1,500 3rd place: $1,000 4th place: $750 5th place: $250 

Crocker Art Museum staff will select five pieces from the show (which may or may not be award winners), for public display at the museum following the exhibit at Blue Line Arts from February 28th to May 9th, 2021. 

Juror: Carrie Lederer 

Important Dates 

Application deadline: Online applications must be submitted by 5:00pm PST on November 1st, 2020.

Show dates: January 8th – Februrary 20th, 2021 

Notifications: results will be sent by 5pm PST on November 20th, 2020. 

Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: December 20th, 2020 

Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: January 3rd and 4th from 10-3pm 

Opening Reception – Awards and Crocker Selections announced: January 19th, 2021 

Closing Reception and People’s Choice Award announced: February 16th, 2021 

Pick up unsold work from Blue Line Gallery: February 21 & 22, 2021 10am to 3pm 

5 Artists Selected for the Crocker Art Museum: February 28th to May 9th 2021 

Application fee: There is a non-refundable entry fee for Crocker Kingsley of $45 for entering up to three artworks in this exhibition. Participants may enter up to three pieces for one fee. The first entry will be paid by credit card, and entrants will use a coupon for (optional) second and third entries that are included in the entry fee. 
Coupon Code for optional 2nd & 3rd entries: CKENTRY


  • Open to all artists residing in the United States. 
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply. 

Limitation and restrictions 

  • All work must be original and completed within the last two years. 
  • Works must not have been previously exhibited at Blue Line Arts. 
  • All 2-D works must be ready to hang with wire backing (no sawtooth hangers). 
  • All artwork must be for sale. 
  • Blue Line Arts handles all sales transactions and receives a 50% commission from all gallery sales for non-members and a 40% commission from artist members. (Artist level Membership costs $72 for the year starting the day you join) 
  • Accepted artwork which differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified. 
  • No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date. 
  • The artist is responsible to pay for all shipping and should have a prepaid label from FedEx or UPS (No US Post) for return of artwork. 
  • Size limitations: 

O Artwork must be able to enter through the doors with a clearance of 94”h x 91” w. O Ceilings in gallery are 10 feet tall. 

Application requirements: Applicants must apply using the online application form, available through the Callforentry.org website: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7139.

There is a $45 fee for all applicants. Up to 10 additional images can be submit for an extra $5/image. Please capitalize first letters of all names, titles and medium in application.

 Image specifications: 

■ Between 1mb and 3mb in size 

■ Minimum of 1200 px on one side 

■ Images must be in JPG format. 

Questions: If you have any questions about submitting to the Crocker-Kingsley Competition, please contact Blue Line Arts staff during open hours at (916) 783-4117 or email: gallery@bluelinearts.org. 

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