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Fine Art

Plein Air painting of carnival


The Exhibition of Fine Art is a highly competitive and extremely popular juried competition featuring both 2-D and 3-D entries. The artwork includes many variations of drawing, painting, mixed media, sculptures, ceramics and more.

This competition awards more than $18,000 in cash and prizes each year and is open to artists ages 18 years and older. The art exhibit is an opportunity for artists to have their artwork viewed by a large number of art enthusiasts who visit the exhibit each day. Artwork must be original and must have been completed within the last four years. Selected artwork remains on display in the East Grandstand for the duration of the San Diego County Fair.



Entry Deadline: Friday, April 21 at 11:59pm
Tier 1 Notification: Wednesday, May 3
Shipped Entries May Arrive: Thursday, May 4–Wednesday, May 10
Entry Delivery: Tuesday, May 9 & Wednesday, May 10 • 10am–6pm
Awards & Reception:
Tuesday, June 6 (accepted Exhibitors invited)
Exhibition: June 7–July 4, 2023
Entry Pick-Up: Thursday, July 6 • 10am–6pm


Artists have an opportunity to participate in our One-Day Contests. Artists bring their completed artwork to the Fair on the day of the contest to be judged on-site for cash awards and ribbons. Pre-registration is required.
Small canvas with succulent painting

Miniature Masterpiece Contest

Big things often come in small packages, and our Miniature Masterpiece Contest shines the light on talented art on small canvases (no larger than 7"x7"). 3-D artwork also accepted.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 13
Contest Date: Thursday, June 15 • 11am–4pm

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Watercolor painting of fox

Wildlife in Art Contest

In spirit of this year's "Get Out There" theme, this one-day contest challenges artists to portray animal wildlife in the great outdoors in a creative way.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 27
Contest Date: Thursday, June 29 • 11am-4pm

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