Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Reigning Cats and Dogs

A National Juried Exhibition September 6 – October 13, 2024 Carl Cherry Center, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Deadline is tomorrow! Open to all artists.
Jungle Boogie by Lesley Anne Spowart
Jungle Boogie by Lesley Anne Spowart
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or to submit.

Deadline for entry: July 15, 2024
Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you.” Mary Bly

“Reigning Cats and Dogs” is a love-of-life, all medium juried exhibition of original and unique 2D and 3D artworks celebrating dogs and cats! Work must include either a dog or cat to be considered. Works can comprise other subject matters, but the principal theme should be dogs or cats — or both. All artwork styles and mediums are welcome. Photography will not be included in the exhibit.

Entry Fee

  • The $40 entry fee covers up to three submissions.
  • Artwork submitted does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibit.
“Reigning Cats and Dogs” will be included in the Arts Council for Monterey County’s Open Studios Art Tour on October 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artwork Requirements

  • Artwork must be ready to hang or pedestal-ready on arrival at the Cherry Center.
  • No sawtooth hangers.
  • Paintings may be no larger than 32” x 32” inches, nor weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Size and weight restrictions may be waived by contacting the Gallery Director directly prior to submission.
If you have a question regarding qualification of your artwork, please email [email protected]. This is an in-person exhibition. The artwork will also be featured digitally on the Cherry Center’s website.

All accepted works must arrive by the artwork delivery deadline (August 21, 2024).

Hand-Delivered Artwork

Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact: [email protected]. The Carl Cherry Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Hand deliveries must fall within that time range.

Artwork Pick Up

Works can be picked up Monday, October 21st through Wednesday October 23rd between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please pick up your work as soon as possible - storage space is limited! $10 per day charge for storage after October 24th.

Shipped Artwork

Artwork can be shipped via Fedex or UPS to the following address:

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
Northwest Corner of 4th and Guadalupe
Carmel, CA 93921

The United States Postal Service (USPS) does not deliver to or pick up from Carmel by the Sea addresses. Artists must issue pre-paid return labels for their works through UPS or FedEx only. Pre-paid labels allow us to call for pick up, as the Center’s insurance does not cover transporting work offsite to local shipping companies. Shipped work is generally sent out by the following Wednesday after the last day of the show.


  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $150
  • Three Honorable Mentions


Work must be for sale; NFS is not allowed.

Gallery Commission: Carl Cherry Center commission on sales is 60/40 (60% artist, 40% the Carl Cherry Center).

About Carl Cherry Center

As a community art center, the Carl Cherry Center proudly serves the greater Monterey County area by connecting the community with the visual arts, literature and science. A non-profit 501c (3) organization, the Cherry Center offers both youth and adult art programs and classes, exhibits that provide the public a broader exposure to many local and national arts, music, literature, film and theater.


Jim Dultz is an Oscar nominated, Emmy award winning, motion picture and television production designer/art director for over 35 years. His credits include “What Dreams May Come,” “Flatliners,” “Team America: World Police” and “Muppets Tonight,” among others. In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures as a voting member. Jim has spent many years on the boards of non-profit arts organizations in both Los Angeles and on the Monterey Peninsula, and now Chairs the Exhibition Committee at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.

Ellen Osborne was a film major at San Francisco State University, whose first documentary, “Clowning Around,” won her a Student Academy Award. Her next documentary, “Blossoms of Fire,” won multiple international awards. She was the co-founder and executive director of the prestigious “Taos Talking Picture Festival” from 1990- 2000 and curated the film submissions. Currently, Ellen has been making her own short animated films, submitting them to film festivals all over the world and winning festival awards.

Kris Swanson is a celebrated bronze sculptor, as well as the founder and director of Washington DC’s “Corner Store,” a vibrant non-profit art studio, gallery and performance space, from 2002-2022. She ran many of the workshops and curated all the exhibitions and events there. Her many public art commissions include the 16’ bronze “Cowboy” sculpture, installed for the opening of the Salinas Sports Center and two life-sized bronze “California Grizzlies,” installed on the grounds of Monterey, California’s original Constitution Hall.

Robin Winfield has been working in mixed media for over 35 years and has shown her photo/paintings in galleries and museums all around the country. She opened her own gallery in 2009 in Carmel, CA (where she says her little dog Louie is a wonderful assistant.) Robin has judged several photography competitions throughout the Monterey Peninsula, as well as given lectures at the Monterey Museum of Art, Central Coast Art Association and the Steinbeck Library, among others. She is currently the Carl Cherry Center’s Board President.


For questions about this Prospectus or Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, please contact [email protected].

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on August 7, 2024. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before that time.

Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.

After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.

If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.

Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.

Image and Filename Specifications

  • Submit your original JPEG image files.
  • Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
  • Image must be displayed right side up.
  • You do not need to resize your image files.
  • You do not need to rename your image files.

Additional Entry Information

  • You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
  • After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (July 15, 2024.)
  • Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
  • Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.


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