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Civic Art Spaces and Exhibitions

The city of Encinitas Visual Art Program includes art exhibitions by local and regional artists at three civic art spaces: City Hall, Encinitas Library, and the Encinitas Community Center.

The exhibitions are a service to local artists, providing economic benefit from the sale of art and exposure to a wider audience while beautifying public buildings in Encinitas. The Civic Arts Program, established in 1998, serves artists, arts organizations, and the community through programs in the visual and performing arts, and is overseen by the Cultural Arts Division and Commission for the Arts.

For more information on the visual art program, please contact City staff, (760) 633-2746, or email.

Current Exhibitions

City Hall 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas


Olga Lavrova | Dreamscapes

oil on canvas
through April 16, 2023


Jane Muschenetz | Palm Frond Zoo

palm fronds

through April 16, 2023

Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas


Stevie Mac | Brain Texture
acrylic on canvas
through April 17, 2023


Lisa Miller | About Face
terra cotta sculpture
through April 17, 2023

Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas


Francesca Isabella Towers | Breadth of Being
acrylic on canvas and wood panel

through April 19, 2023

Geeta Chinai | Dive In
through April 19, 2023

Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild | Weaving Together Many Thousands of Threads
mixed media
through April 19, 2023

Call For Artists - Apply To Exhibit In 2023

The City of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division is seeking visual artists to feature in revolving, individual and group exhibitions of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) artworks in 2023. Emerging and professional artists are invited to apply.

Download the fillable PDF application. Be sure to save a copy to your computer and then complete your application to submit.

Art Space Information Sheets

Click the links for exhibition information and photos of the galleries:


Amateur and professional artists age 18 years and above who live in Southern California are welcome to apply. Preference may be given to artists in the County of San Diego. Jewelry will not be considered. Three-dimensional works must fit in exhibit cases (see Art Space Information Sheets for dimensions).


Applications to exhibit in 2023 will be accepted via email through Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 4:00pm (Pacific time). All complete applications received by the deadline will be juried by the Visual Art Selection Committee of arts commissioners, visual art professionals, and artists. Applicants will be notified by mid-November 2022.

The 2022 application window closed on November 14, 2021.

Artist Requirements

Artists who are selected to exhibit in 2023 will be required to:

  1. Complete a waiver of indemnity and liability releasing the city of any liability from artwork damage, loss or theft.
  2. Publicize and promote the exhibit and opening reception to their clients, contacts and the media.
  3. Be responsible for installation and de-installation, with the assistance of cultural arts division staff.
  4. Provide wall signs for each artwork listing: title, media, year, artist name, price or NFS, phone number, email, and website.
  5. Participate in Art Night Encinitas, the City’s artist reception for all artists currently exhibiting in the civic art spaces, and also includes local art galleries. In 2023, Art Night Encinitas will take place on the following Saturdays from 5:30-8:30pm: March 3, June 3, September 9, and November 18.
  6. Adhere to the Visual Art Policy.

Art Sales

All income from the sale of art goes to the artist. There is no gallery commission. The exhibition program is a service to Encinitas artists and exists to promote the local artist community. As such, artists are encouraged to be flexible in their pricing. Art sales are by mutual agreement between the artist and purchaser. Please note: work that is sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.


The artist should promote their exhibition to clients, friends, and the media. A media contact list is available from the Cultural Arts Division. Exhibition information is included on the City website.

Artist Testimonial

"I was very fortunate to have artwork exhibited in a show with the city of Encinitas. My work was exhibited at the Encinitas library for six weeks, in a fabulous large room with a wonderful view of the ocean. A reception was held on Sunday afternoon, September 15th.

The success was due in large part to the recommendation to apply by fellow artist Kirsten Francis, and the efforts and advice of city arts staff. For me to have the chance to work with them in putting on this show was such a wonderful opportunity. I was so fortunate to sell nine paintings - far beyond expectations. The reception was terrific in such a great venue, with many friends and acquaintances and people from the community having a good time. I made numerous contacts with hopes of more sales and opportunities for the future.

Thank you to all who came and made the exhibit a success. And thank you to the city of Encinitas Civic Arts Program for giving me the opportunity.
- Neil Brooks

Virtual tour of Tom Leedy's exhibit, by the artist

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