Lottery for the Arts



16th Annual Lottery for the Arts


Important Dates:

Exhibition Dates: March 9th to 21st, 2024

Artist Notification:  February 7th, 2024

Shipping deadline of work to Blue Line Arts: March 4th, 2024

Hand deliver work to Blue Line Arts: March 3rd & 4th from 10am to 3pm

Preview Night: Friday March 8th, 2024

Lottery for the Arts (Ticketed Event): Thursday March 21st, 2024

What is Lottery for the Arts?

Lottery for the Arts is a fundraising event that provides art collectors with an opportunity to acquire original works of fine art, while supporting a non-profit organization and community of artists. Each year Blue Line Arts accepts original art donations from artists or from collections, which are exhibited at the gallery prior to the auction.  Throughout the evening of the Lottery event, Lottery tickets purchased by guests in advance are drawn at random. As each ticket is called out, the ticket holder chooses a piece of art from the gallery walls. At the end of the evening, each ticket holder goes home with a work of art with a retail value of $300 or higher. There will be a live auction of the first 5 picks.

All works submitted are considered donations to Blue Line Arts.

Lottery for the Arts is our organization’s biggest annual fundraiser and is used to fund our year-round art education programs.  Your artwork donation helps provide the gift of creative learning to the next generation at our non-profit arts center. 


Prizes: Our Juror will be choosing the top prizes of First, Second and Third, and honorable mentions.
First Place, Second Place & Third Place winners will be awarded solo show opportunities in November 2024.

Guest Juror: Kelly Lindner, Art Galleries and Collections Curator, California State University, Sacramento

Online Gallery & Event: Accepted pieces will appear on the Blue Line Arts’ website for an online preview to the auction. Each piece featured on the website will feature the artist’s name, and link to website. Select pieces will also be featured in e-blasts and social media posts on Blue Line Arts’ channels leading up to the event. Accepted works will also be featured in a catalog, mailed to prospective guests.


• Open to all artists 18 and older

• All artwork that is submitted will be used during the fundraiser. No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the closing date.

• Any work donated becomes the property of Blue Line Arts for use during the fundraiser. The artist understands that there is no commission awarded to the Artist for any donated work.

• Accepted artwork that differs significantly from the image in the online submission will be disqualified

• The artist is responsible for paying for any shipping needed and must include a prepaid label for return of artwork, if the artist wishes it to be returned in the case it is not selected during the fundraiser.

    – Two-dimensional artwork must be ready to hang

    – Wire must be installed, No sawtooth hangers


If you have questions about submissions, please contact the Gallery Coordinator, during gallery hours at (916) 783-4117 or at


Q: Is my donation Tax-Deductible?

A: Yes! We are a registered 501c3 and your donation is tax deductible. However, if you are an artist donating original art, you may only deduct the cost of the materials and supplies used in the creation of the donated work. If you are donating work you previously purchased, an appraisal value is required on all donations over $5,000 in value. Please consult your tax professional if you have further questions about art donations. We are not tax professionals.

Q: I’m not an artist, can I donate artwork?

A: Yes – we accept original work valued $300 or more. Please contact the gallery if you are unsure about your donation.

  Q: I don’t have any art to donate, what are some other ways to support this event?

A: We are always looking for unique items and experiences for our event, cash support, wine, and volunteers!  Please contact the gallery to learn more about how you can be a part of this amazing community event!