“Moon Goddess Inspired” by Cinthia Joyce

Building upon the California Art Club’s long history of promoting traditional art forms, we are pleased to announce our Excellence in Traditional Fine Art Competition, which will take place quarterly beginning in 2021.

The mission of this new initiative is to encourage artists to develop and refine their classical art skills and spotlight their mastery by providing a new platform for showcasing contemporary-traditional works of art.

California Art Club members in any artist categories are eligible to submit works for consideration in the themed competitions, which will award the top three entries with cash prizes, while also bestowing honorable mentions and other awards, as determined by a guest judge.

The cash prize structure is as follows:

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Honorable Mention/s: $75

Additional honors will include Special Recognition Awards for the following membership categories:

  • Student Artist
  • Mentorship Program
  • Associate Artist

Recipients of the Special Recognition Awards will receive $50.

In addition to the above mentioned honors, multiple opportunities for visibility will be provided for approximately 30-40 works of exceptional artistic merit from each competition. This visibility will include:

  • Exhibition on the CAC website
  • Exclusive Collectors’ Circle Preview
  • Featured posts on social media channels
  • Mentions in the California Art Club Newsletter

The 2021 exhibition themes for the quarterly competition are:

Spring: Renewal and Rebirth (March – June)
Summer: Moments of Joy (July – September)
Fall: Comfort and Gratitude (October – December)
Winter: Winter Solace (January – March)


A virtual exhibition of the most exemplary works submitted for the Summer competition – Moments of Joy – will unveil on Sunday, March 7. The guest judge for this competition was Kristin Hoerth, Editor-in-Chief of Southwest Art magazine. All works will be available for sale and the list of finalists can be viewed here.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Autumn competition, titled Comfort and GratitudeMicah Christensen, renowned art historian and curator, will serve as the guest judge.

The cost for submitting entries for each quarterly competition is $35 for first entry and $15 for each additional entry in a single quarterly competition.  There is no limit to the number of submissions. Please note that all submission fees are non-refundable. All work submitted must be available for acquisition, any works NFS will be disqualified.

Artists who are not currently members of the California Art Club and would like to submit need to first join the organization in one of the artist categories.  See our membership page for more information on the categories available to new members.

Submissions will be accepted via Online Juried Shows.  The link can be found on the Calls for Entries page. All notifications of acceptance will be posted to artist’s Online Juried Show’s profile.

For questions about the Excellence in Traditional Fine Art Competition, email exhibitions@californiaartclub.org.