Portraits of Historical California Adobes


March 5 – June 4, 2022


Subject Introduction: The adobe or sun-dried brick is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man.  Adobe bricks are made from a mixture of sand, sometimes gravel, clay, water, and often straw, formed in wooden molds, and dried by the sun.  Adobe construction techniques have been used in North America for over 3-1/2 centuries.  When the Spanish Franciscans came to California to establish the missions, they taught the native people their Spanish way of construction using adobe bricks.  There was a lack of usable wood timber near the coast which made adobe bricks the primary building material.  The disadvantages to adobe construction include expansion and contraction of the bricks due to moisture in the air, melting of the bricks due to water, and significant damage to load-bearing walls caused by earthquakes.  Adobe construction continued beyond the mission days and many examples survive today in California.  The goal of this exhibit is to share, through artist renditions, some of those adobe buildings.

Artists’ Eligibility:  This exhibition is open to all artists residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey Counties.  Artists juried into the exhibition must exhibit the painting for the entire length of the show.

Jurying process: A committee of jurors representing the DANA Adobe & Cultural Center will choose the paintings to be entered into the exhibit.

Exhibition Calendar:

Nov 22   Call for entries 

Dec 4*   Interested artists are invited to tour Dana Adobe from 1-3 pm.  *RSVP required for the tour. Call Dana Cultural Center at 805-929-5679

Feb 1      Last day for digital submission and entry form

Feb 17   Email notification to accepted artists

Feb 24* 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Artists deliver selected paintings to the Cultural Center

*Please call Dana Cultural Center if an alternative delivery time needs to be scheduled.

Mar 5   Adobe exhibit opens 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mar 6   Adobe exhibit reception 1:00 pm- 3:00pm

June 4   Exhibition closes

June 5*   Artists pick up paintings – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

*Please call Dana Cultural Center if an alternative pick-up time needs to be scheduled.

Art Work:  All artwork must be two-dimensional, either acrylic, watercolor, or oil, and must be framed with a wire for hanging. Framed paper works must use acrylic for glazing, no glass accepted.  No computer-generated art, photography, prints, or reproductions.  Artwork may be for sale. A 20% commission will be retained by DANA.  Please price your work accordingly. There will be no price changes after entry. The unframed art work size cannot exceed 22” X 30”. 


Liability and Conditions:  Although the utmost care will be taken in handling paintings, DANA and its representatives will not be responsible for damage or loss, whatever the cost.  Artists should carry their own insurance. No work may be withdrawn before the end of the exhibit.  The submission of entries to this competition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the terms and conditions as set forth in this prospectus.

Online Entry Requirements: NEED TO COMPLETE

Go to danaadobe.org/2022submissions to complete your entry for 1 painting.  Entry form, image and fee must be received by February 1, 2022. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission.

Digital submission of image:

File format must be JPG, at least 300 dpi but not to exceed 8 MB.

Images must be cropped to show only painting; no matting, background or frame should show.

Each photo or file shall be named with the artist’s Last Name, First Name and Name of the Historical Adobe.

Images must represent the painting exactly.

Email images to:    DANAsubmissions@danaadobe.org 

Or submit via online form at https://forms.gle/WbCh7jyUa6z976Pq7    

Images are due by Feb 1, 2022.

Entry fee:

The entry fee is $25.00 and may be paid in cash at the Dana Cultural Center, by check, or using a credit card by calling DANA at 805-929-5679.

The entry fee is due by Feb 1, 2022.

The Entry Fee is non-refundable.