2022 OMA Art Auction Submissions

2022 Art Auction and Pop Up Exhibition

Selections Announced: On or before Monday, May 9

Exhibition and Silent Auction: June 18–July 30, 2022

Live Auction Event at OMA: June 25, 2022

Submissions Are Closed

This is a call to artists currently living in Southern California:

Artists were invited to submit up to five artworks of varied sizes and values for consideration for inclusion in this signature event contributing to OMA’s Exhibition Fund. Artwork will be juried by Hugh Davies, Director Emeritus of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and OMA staff.

This event brings in critical funds that allow OMA staff to explore new and unexpected opportunities with their innovative exhibition program celebrating the work of artists from LA to TJ. Dozens of impressive works by notable artists will be up for bidding both virtually and in person, a great opportunity for aspiring and established collectors to add exceptional art to their collections. All selected works will be part of an exhibition at OMA for seven weeks prior to the close of the silent auction on July 30.

Together we can create opportunities for the regional arts community to thrive!


Artists may chose to donate 40%, 60%, or 100% of the proceeds from a successful sale to OMA. 

Suggested value range: $500-$10,000 – or more!

  • Opening bid will be roughly 1/3 of stated value, per standard auction format
  • “Buy It Now” prices will be 150% of market value
  • Higher value items may be selected for live auction

Please keep in mind, not all artwork will sell. Although every effort will be made by the selection committee to choose artwork representing a variety of sizes, media, and price points so as to provide the highest likelihood of sales, it is not uncommon for only 50-75% of artwork on auction to sell. Artwork will be selected based on ingenuity, quality, and workmanship. Regardless of the resulting sales, we are thrilled to work with our artist community and present cutting-edge artwork to hundreds of patrons and art lovers as part of this prestigious event.

  • Monday, April 25, 2022, 11:59pm PST Deadline to enter
  • On or before Monday, May 9, 2022 Notifications of selected works
  • June 2–6, 12:00-2:00pm artwork drop off of selected works to OMA
    • Selected artwork may be shipped to arrive at OMA before Monday, June 6, 2022
    • Please alert Katie Dolgov at katie@oma-online.org if artwork will be shipped
    • A prepaid return shipping label must be provided if the artwork does not sell. Return shipping will take place within two weeks of the close of the exhibition.
  • June 18–July 30, 2022 Virtual Silent Auction and Exhibition open to the public
  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 VIP Reception and Live Auction, further details to be announced
  • July 30 Virtual Silent Auction closes, further details to be announced
  • All submissions must be original works of art. No giclees or other reproductions, with exception of limited edition prints and/or photography
  • Artwork may be in any media, technique, or style 
  • Artists are encouraged to submit a variety of sizes and price points
  • Size: Wall mounted two- and three-dimensional work, external dimensions no larger than 120” in any direction. Maximum weight: 200 pounds
  • Frames must be simple and black or neutral; mats white or off-white
  • Edges of unframed two-dimensional artwork must be finished or gallery wrapped
  • Hardware: Artwork must be installation-ready upon delivery. 2-dimensional works must have D-Rings installed on the back at precisely equal distances from the top (recommended ⅓ from the top)
  • Please remove wires

Artists based in Southern California.


There is no fee to submit for this opportunity.


By submitting images, the entrant warrants that they created each of the artworks submitted and that they possess all legal rights to them. The entrant agrees that all submitted images selected by the curator may be used for marketing and promotional purposes related to the exhibition. By providing the images and other information through this entry, the entrant gives permission for OMA to use images of accepted artwork for promotion, reference, printed materials, and online postings related to this exhibition as well as in future advertising. All images used by OMA will be credited to the artist. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

About Juror Hugh Davies

Hugh M. Davies is recognized in­ternationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art.  Davies served from 1983 to 2016 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and was named Director Emeritus by the museum’s trustees in 2016.  While directing artistic and administrative activities of MCASD, Davies curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions including: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface (2011-2012), Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries (2007), Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (1999), and William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting (1998). Davies was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale.

About Oceanside Museum of Art

Bringing People Together to Explore the Art and Stories of Southern California Artists

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is a non-profit organization that began providing exhibitions and public programs in 1995 as part of their mission to bring people together to explore the art and stories of Southern California artists. OMA’s exhibition program is dynamic and robust, surprising visitors with a fresh and exciting visual experience nearly every visit. In addition to these boundary-pushing contemporary art exhibitions, OMA’s programming includes youth education programs, adult art classes, concerts, films, and creative community parties and events that appeal to locals and tourists alike. The OMA experience stimulates imagination, presents new ideas, and challenges the familiar in a welcoming environment for those new to art, longtime museum-goers, artists, art students, or simply the curious.

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Questions?  Contact Katie Dolgov, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at katie@oma-online.org