San Diego County Fair

Exhibition of Fine Art

About This Exhibit

This exhibit includes hundreds of 2D and 3D pieces of art by some of the area's best artists, all professionally judged to determine which of the entries are exhibited. Many pieces are for sale directly from the artist.

The gallery is filled with extraordinary artwork, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, collage and recycled art. Sculptures feature exotic glass, ceramics and bronze, among other materials.


2016 Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)
Exhibit Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM, Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:00PM, Fridays-
Saturdays; 11:00PM, July 4.
Exhibit Location: East Grandstand, 1st Floor

Results have been posted at the bottom of the page.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Scroll down to see 2016 entry results, and check back next year, sometime in February, when we will have entry information for the 2017 Fair!




2016 Exhibit Attractions and Activities

Painting demonstrationWatch a demonstration! Art guilds and associations demonstrate their craft
List of Fine Art demonstrations [PDF]

Chalk Art Festival, June 18-19, 2016: Enjoy our Chalk Art Festival, where professional artists use the walkways around the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show as a colorful canvas. The festival is an extraordinary opportunity to watch talented artists bring masterpieces to life right at your feet.

Vote for your favorite piece of art! As you tour the exhibit, make note of your favorite, and vote for the daily People's Choice award.



2016 Small Image Contest

Contest date: Thursday, June 9, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Miniature masterpieces of art will be featured at this one-day contest.  You can participate in or view these small wonders of art that are limited to no larger than seven inches in any direction. Artists receive free admission to the Fair on this day with their artwork and registration form.

Congratulations to Shannon Ricaud of San Diego, oil; Sonja Sullivan of San Diego, watercolor; Carol McClure of La Mesa, pastel or drawing; and Bonnie Tincup of San Diego, collage, mixed media and sculpture, all of whom placed first in those categories.
Small Image Contest Results [PDF document]


Plein Air winner
Plein Air winner

2016 Plein Air Painting Contest

Contest date: Thursday, June 23, 10:00AM-4:00PM, with judging and awards to follow.
Plein Air refers to the art of painting outdoors. Artists bring their canvases and painting supplies and are given up to six hours to paint a scene at the Fair.

Congratulations to Julie Bradbury-Bennett of San Diego, oil or acrylic; and Krentz Johnson of San Diego, water media, drawing, pastel, other media. Both placed first in this contest.
Plein Air Contest Results [PDF document]


2016 Judging Results

Congratulations to Paul Lotz of San Diego, Best in Show in 3D for his sculpture, "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?" and to Amber Foote of Vista, Best in Show in 2D for her oil painting, "Flash."

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Fine Art 2D Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Fine Art 2D Results By Class/Division [PDF format]

Fine Art 3D Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Fine Art 3D Results By Class/Division [PDF format]

Thanks For Your Entries!

Entries are closed for the Exhibition of Fine Art at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Information has been left online for those who might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

2016 Exhibition of Fine Art Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]



If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM


Thank you to our 2016 Fine Art Donors

Aardvark Clay & Supplies, Inc.

Mingei International Museum

Adventures in Success

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Andy O'Leary Memorial Award

Museum of Photographic Arts

Apollo Elevator Maintenance Service

Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center

Artist & Craftsman Supply

North County Society of Fine Art

Arts, Languages, Digital Arts & Humanities at UCSD Extension

Oceanside Museum of Art

Blick Art Materials

Pastel Society of San Diego

California Center for the Arts , Escondido

Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild

Carl Burger Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram World

Recreation X

Carlsbad Oceanside Art League


Chartpak, Inc.

Rock Rental, LLC

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff

Sakura of America

Chicken Charlie's

San Diego Art Institute

Chula Vista Art Guild

San Diego Chapter - Colored Pencil Society of America

Clay Artists of San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild

Creative Catalyst Productions

San Diego Portrait Society

Duesenberg Printmaking

San Diego Watercolor Society

East County Art Association

San Dieguito Art Guild

Fallbrook Art Association

Spanish Village Art Center

Julian Arts Guild

Timken Museum of Art

K & J Construction Services, Inc.

Tumble Wee Dance

Lung Hsiang Chapter of American
Artists of Chinese Brush Painting

Michael's Jewelers, Santee

Westlake Memorial
Contemporary Art Award

Thank you to our 2016 Fine Art Judges

Cindy Beatteay

Carolyn Machado

Tom Chow

Geri Medway

Michael Ezzell

Betty Shelton

Jeff Horn


Mark Jacobucci

Plein Air
Rita Pacheco

Molly Lipsher



Small Image
Susan Keith