Amador County Arts Council promotes artists and connects the community with innovative creators.


Deadline: No deadline, will continue throughout COVID-19

Show dates: Ongoing

We want YOU to create and share your masks with us in this online art show! Make masks that are safe AND fashionable, fun, and industrious!

AmadorArts is putting on an online art show titled ‘MASK UP,’ which brings together fashion, safety, and creativity. Artists of ALL modalities are welcome to enter and create a mask that expresses their individual talents – painting, sculpting, writing, crafts and collage – the sky is the limit! Submissions can even be in video or film format, so if you are a performance artist or have a song about masks and safety you’d like to share, we encourage you to enter! Find out more information regarding this show on our MASK UP Online Art Show page.

Masks can be used to celebrate your cultural heritage, your individual style, and your commitment to a SAFE AMADOR. Masks can accentuate and spotlight your unique personality, as well as expand your opportunities for individual expression.

There is no deadline for this show, as it will continue throughout COVID-19. Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. No fee to enter show. A signed show entry form will need to be submitted for entry. Local artists who wish to sell their work in this show must have a profile on the AmadorArts Directory. Artists outside of the area who wish to sell their works must also be donors in addition to having a profile on our directory.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

MASK UP Online Art Show Entry Form PDF

CALL FOR ARTISTS: “Safe Space” – Rural Queer Art Show

Deadline: 10/20/2020

Show dates: 10/27-11/19/2020

Safe Space is a VIRTUAL art show celebrating queer culture in rural communities. Click here to visit our Safe Space Art Show virtual gallery.

Worldwide, all queer and ally artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Photos of pieces must be delivered by October 20th, 2020 to Alyssa Vargas at

Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Registration must be submitted to by October 20th, no later than 1pm. This show is made possible by in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Safe Space Art Show Entry Form PDF


Deadline: 1/12/2021

Show dates: 1/19-2/25/2021

The Poetry Out Loud curriculum that AmadorArts is required to provide to all high schoolers in our county, coincides with Black History Month. Thus, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Literary Art Show”. Running online from January 18 through March 18, Roots will feature the very best of Black Poetry from all over the world. Using the Poetry Out Loud anthology for inspiration, Artists of all media are invited to submit visual art, recordings, videos, and/or original poems that honor, showcase, and uplift the works of Black Poets throughout history. Works will be presented in our online gallery. Participating artists will be invited to present their work at the February & March Open Mics (Thursday, February 4 & March 4 from 6-7pm in ZOOM).

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Image of artwork, recording, video, and/or written piece along with signed exhibit form and optional bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council via email no later than January 11th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

ROOTS Art Show Entry Form PDF

Miwok Patriots Art Show

Show dates: 5/25-7/01/2021

Reception: 5/25/2021 and 7/04/2021

The Miwok Heritage Center,  in partnership with The Amador County Arts Council, is excited to announce an exhibition of Miwok artifacts from May 25th, 2021 – July 4th, 2021. The Miwok Heritage Center, located in Ione, was founded to preserve, promote and interpret the history and culture of the Miwok people. AmadorArts invites you to learn about the role Miwok people played in the war efforts in history. This exhibit will include pictures and information about the Miwok people and patriotic acts in which they participated. Little is known of these acts or that, in many instances, they were not citizens of the countries that they represented in these skirmishes. Miwok people were proud of their participation and were happy to serve.

From the MHC website, here is an interesting excerpt on the superstitions & taboos of the Miwok people:

The Northern Miwok people were very superstitious people. Superstitions and taboos were the heart and soul of the culture. Every aspect of Northern Miwok culture had some component of superstitions and taboos. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed this aspect of the Northern Miwok culture die out in my lifetime. Some aspects of superstitions still exist today, but not to the same extent that it had existed in the 1970s and 1980s. My grandparent’s generation, people born prior to the 1930s, really were the last generation where superstitions were part of everyday life. The families that lived in native communities were the last one’s to retain the superstitions and taboos. Families who assimilated and lived amongst non-Indian people did not retain these superstitions and taboos to the same extent they survived in the native community setting. A revival of sorts has taken place with the sharing of knowledge that transpired in the 1970s and later through venues and organizations like the Amador Tribal Council and Chaw Se Indian Grinding Rock State Park. For ther most part however, the true belief in these things has died out. What I mean by “true belief” is when you talked to people like my grandpa you could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice, that they really believed in it. Even though they never personally saw Chihilumche or Yawlu they believed it existed whole heartedly. To them it was as real as a mountain lion not something from a story like a unicorn.

The belief and fear of superstitions and taboos controlled the entire way Northern Miwok people lived their lives. Fear of getting sick from not following the rules or fear of someone else getting sick from you not following the rules governed every aspect of life. From gathering materials for making things such as baskets and tools to getting doctored before eating newly ripened foods, every aspect of Miwok culture was impacted by superstitions and taboos.

Read more here.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Answer the Call for These Outside Art Shows & Competitions!

Why Not? Picasso Inspired Small Works — Art Show and Sale
For Local artists
Location: Sonora, CA

Tuolumne County Arts is excited to present this year’s Why Not? Picasso Inspired Small Works Show & Sale. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”–Pablo Picasso We heard you! and YOU have chosen these categories for TCA’s 2nd annual small works show: ANIMALS, BIRDS & FLOWERS…but there’s a twist…(of course). Our inspiration artist is Picasso. (for more on this please visit our website, or download our inspiration/information/links document, also on the website.)

We also have a twist on this year’s format for selling your work: it’s an auction, but we have structured it so that nobody knows what the bid is. All bids must start at 50% of your asking price. BUT.. if your admirers want the piece, they must bid your asking price. If they really MUST have it, they will offer MORE than your asking price. This will be a juried show for quality and theme. Both 2D and 3D objects included. All selected works will be previewed at the Sonora Inn Rose Room, and at our office/gallery for Second Saturday Art Night on November 14th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, and will stay up until the Sale/Auction on November 15th for the auction event from 2:00-5:00 pm. Tickets for TCA’s Annual Fundraiser, Show, Art Sale and Auction, which includes food and drink: Non-Members – $25 or $15 for TCA members — available on website.

To be fair and equitable to the artists in our community, we do not expect entries to be donated. You will have the opportunity to choose your commission rate on the application, up to 75% for TCA members and 65% for non-members. Artists who do choose to donate their work will get mention in all publicity we offer, as well as special recognition at our fundraiser.

Time line of Events:
Oct 18th: applications close at 11:59pm
Oct 23rd: artists will be notified if their piece(s) have been accepted
Nov 2nd – 6th – accepted entries must be delivered to TCA
Nov 14th – Second Saturday Art Night preview in the Rose Room. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase
Nov 15th – Why Not? Picasso Inspired Small Works Show/Sale/Auction in the Rose Room at the Sonora Inn from
2:00pm-5:00pm. Food, drink and fun! $25 tickets available for non-members and $15 for TCA members.
Nov 16th – artists will be notified if their work did not sell
Nov 17th to 24th – pick up any unsold art from TCA’s Office: 160 S. Washington St. in the Historic Sonora Inn

Deadline: 10-18-2020
Tuolumne County Arts
Sonora, CA

Contact: Tuolumne County Arts

Faces Art Contest
For International artists
Location: Online

Grey Cube Gallery proudly presents the first Faces online art contest for the month of October 2020. Contest is open to all artists worldwide over 18 years of age. Only the face of a person or animal should be visible (single person, a group, or self-portrait). All visual art mediums (except video and sound) are allowed. The Best of Show winning artwork will be displayed as the poster of the show. All wining artists (Merit Award & Honorable Mention) will receive a digital award certificate. $16 for 2 images of artwork. You may enter more than once. Deadline: October 20, 2020.

Deadline: 10-20-2020
Grey Cube Gallery

Contact: Grey Cube Gallery

International Art Competition Weather
For International artists
Location: Online

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Weather” Online Art Competition for the month of October 2020. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. The Weather theme may include any work with interpretation of Weather (sunshine, rain, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms and rainbows). All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate. First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article about the artist and their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show. Fee is $15. Artists may enter more than once. Deadline: October 13, 2020.

Deadline: 10-20-2020
Art Room Gallery

Contact: Art Room Gallery

Crocker Kingsley
For National artists
Location: Roseville, CA

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. 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.

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

Deadline: 11-01-2020
Blue Line Arts
Roseville, CA

Contact: Megan Richard
Phone: 916.783.4117

Magnum Opus 2021
For International artists
Location: Carmichael, CA

Submit a large and important work of art. Enter your Magnum Opus into our premier annual exhibit, reflecting the most recent outstanding art achievement for participating artists.

ENTRY DEADLINE: December 22, 2020

Show Dates: January 26 – February 21, 2021

ENTRY FEE: (non-refundable)
Members $20 each or 3 for $50
Non-Members: $25 per work or 3 for $65;


Enter Here

Deadline: 12-22-2020
Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Carmichael, CA

Contact: Angelia Gordon
Phone: 916.971.3713

Into the Blue
For International artists
Location: Cathedral City, CA

Artists from around the world are invited to create textile pieces interpreting their relationship or appreciation of water. Textile pieces should be no larger than 12″ x 12.” Finished works will be assembled as a design element of the H2O Today exhibition at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery in February 2021. Pieces will also displayed at outdoor public events per COVID-19 requirements.

Artists are encouraged to reuse materials, incorporate found materials and/or can request textile scraps from the Gallery.

Deadline: 12-31-2020
S.C.R.A.P. Gallery
Cathedral City, CA

Contact: Karen Riley

We are building an Artist Directory!

Get your info on the AmadorArts Artist Directory
It is free for any artist or arts organization to be listed in the AmadorArts Directory. You are encouraged to become a DONOR for an added benefit! Your DONOR Directory profile includes your active web link.

AmadorArts is here to promote the vibrant professional artists working creatively in Amador County. Artists of all modalities will be featured in our Artist Directory. If you’d like to be included in this directory, please register HERE. If you need any help with the directory, there is a Directory Tutorial, or you can email Program Coordinator Alyssa Vargas at and she would be happy to assist you.