Imperial Beach Arts Bureau

Artist Resources


We are continually looking to help our local artists build on their experience and exposure. We plan on seeking out more resources and guidance to assist in your professional journey. Below are just a few resources and organizations that offer informative articles and workshops, exhibition and event Calls for Art, Grant & Residency opportunities and more.



San Diego Visual Arts Network

Blanca Lucia Bergman with Art Unites and Mental Wellness for Artists (MWA)

Claudia Biezunski-Rodriguez, Chicana Fashion Designer and Owner of Sew Loka in Barrio Logan and Podcast Skills Pay Bills

Dani and Gus at Studio IX in Barrio Logan

Art Scene Baja Contacts: Ligia Santillan (664) 203-9357 and/or Berenice Martinez (664) 188-0883

Visual Arts Commissioner: Michelle Darnell,
Arts & Culture Administrator: Kelly Purvis,
Please note some opportunities require Coronado residence, but not all, such as:
Calls for Art from Spreckles Gallery, C3 Gallery, and Emerald C Gallery
Upcoming Events for Artists that reside throughout San Diego County may apply for:
Coronado Art & Wine Festival – Saturday, May 11th, 2024
Coronado Art Association – Art in the Park


(Includes National, International, Virtual & In-person opportunities)




All accepted works are eligible for the awards which will be selected by the  jurors. Recipient will be announced at the Public Reception. 

First Place $100 Gift Card to BLICK Art Supply Store 

Second Place $50 Gift Card to BLICK Art Supply Store 

Third Place $25 Gift Card to BLICK Art Supply Store 


Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, Friday, May 12th, 2023 

Artwork Drop Off: Thursday, May 18th or Friday, May 19th between 11-5pm 

*Artwork must arrive ‘gallery ready/ready to hang’ and be presented  professionally. No sawtooth backings. Preferably, framed artwork should be in  black wood or natural wood frame. 

Jury Process: May 20th – 25th, 2023 

Artists Notified: May 22nd, 2023 

Installation: Friday, May 26th, 2023 

Exhibition Dates: May 30th, 2023 through September 1st, 2023 

Public Reception: June 17th, 2023



Feel free to contact either Michelle Lubin,; Sherry Hansen,; or Lisa Capano, 


If you would like to support these art opportunities with a donation, or fund an award, please contact the Imperial Beach Arts Bureau


Entries will be reviewed by a jury panel including IB Art Committee Members Lisa  Capano, Sherry Hansen, and Michelle Lubin with Guest Juror, Patric Stillman.  

The IB Arts Bureau and IB Library invite you to submit to our next juried art show. We want to continue to highlight the work of South Bay Artists. 

The exhibition seeks artists to showcase the best of their recent body of work without having to fit a specific theme or style. 


Artists must reside in the South Bay (Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Bonita, Lincoln Acres, National City and South San Diego) 

Open to emerging, mid-career, established artists, ages 18+. 

NO Submission Fee.  


Each artist must provide the following 

WEBSITE and/or SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLE, LOCATION, PHONE, EMAIL ADDRESS, ARTIST BIO (Max 500 words), and ARTIST STATEMENT (Max of  500 words about the art submitted) 

Up to 2 original works of art 

2-Dimensional Work: Height 2 feet, Width 2 feet – including frame 

Accepted Art: PAINTING, DRAWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, MIXED MEDIA  *Sculpture NOT accepted at this time.  

100% of the sale will go to artist. Artists will be contacted with sale inquiries. Note,  artwork does NOT need to be for sale. 

*If your artwork is selected for this exhibition, Artists grant IB Arts Bureau permission to  photograph selected works to use art images for marketing and publicity.  


Michelle Lubin:, Sherry Hansen:, and Lisa  Capano: 

Subject Line
: Library Art Submittal 

Email Body
: Contact Info, Artist Bio & Statement, Artwork Information (Title, size – including frame, medium, price) *Artwork does NOT need to be for sale. If not, please fill in NFS. 

: Only Artwork (Image Size should be no larger than 1200 pixels on the longest side) Please make sure image files are titled (last name_artwork title).

Patric Stillman

Stillman is a gallerist and visual artist. He is best known as the owner of The Studio Door, his figurative paintings and the international bestseller Brotherhood Tarot.

Patrick Stillman


The Studio Door is an independent gallery that has become known as San Diego’s premier art gallery. Opened in 2014, the gallery operates as a small business. Leading by example, the gallery had encouraged and assisted thousands of artists to engage in creative commerce. The Hillcrest storefront contains a contemporary art gallery, 17 working studio spaces and robust art community. It is also the lead participant in Hillcrest Business Association’s First Thursday: Walk in Art event in Mural Alley. 

Stillman’s creative work explores ideas that rise out of personal experience as a gay man. His body of work has developed as series of specialized commercial and personal  projects. Artwork has been exhibited throughout Southern California with additional  exhibitions at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, SCOPE Art Miami, Visual AIDS NYC and ArtShare LA. His work has also appeared in Boston Pride Guides, RFD Magazine,  Chelsea Station Magazine, Advocate Magazine and Galerie Mooiman’s Your Daily Male Calendar 2022. 

In collaboration with the San Diego County Library, Imperial Beach Branch, our IBAB Art Committee aims to elevate the artwork coming out of the South Bay by hosting bi-annual exhibitions. South Bay Artists (including  Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Bonita, Lincoln Acres, National City and South San Diego) are encouraged to submit artworks during the Call for Art. Please see our News/Events page for more updates.

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