Civic Art Spaces and Exhibitions

The city of Encinitas Visual Art Program includes art exhibitions by local and regional artists at three civic art spaces: 

City Hall 505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas


Anna Stoefen | Surfacing

mixed media paintings
through June 23, 2022




Veronica Bruce Woodward | Stabilize

mixed media paintings
through June 23, 2022



Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas


Fiona Phillips | Defacing Stigma

oil paintings
through June 27, 2022



2020-0616-Henry-Colorful sea-sq 

Dale Steffen | World Class Woodwork

through June 27, 2022



Encinitas Community Center 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas


Artist Collective| Beloved Garden of Oneness

oil and acrylic paintings
through April 27, 2022




Alex Nichols | Weavings Gone Wild!

through June 29, 2022




San Dieguito Art Guild| Pursuit of Imperfection

mixed media
through June 29, 2022



Virtual tour of Tom Leedy's exhibit by the artist!


The exhibitions are a service to local artists, providing economic benefit from the sale of art and exposure to a wider audience while beautifying public buildings in Encinitas. The Civic Arts Program, established in 1998, serves artists, arts organizations, and the community through programs in the visual and performing arts, and is overseen by the Cultural Arts Division and Commission for the Arts.

For more information on the visual art program, please contact City staff, (760) 633-2746, or email


Call for Artists

The artist call for exhibitions in 2023 will open in late spring 2022. Amateur and professional artists age 18 years and above who live or work in San Diego County will be welcome to apply. Jewelry will not be considered. Three-dimensional works must fit in exhibition cases (see Art Gallery Information Sheets for dimensions). Applications will be juried by the Visual Art Selection Committee of visual art professionals and artists. All exhibitions are for approximately two months.

Art Space Information Sheets

Click the links for exhibition information and photos of the galleries:


Amateur and professional artists age 18 years and above who live in Southern California are welcome to apply. Preference may be given to artists in the County of San Diego. Jewelry will not be considered. Three-dimensional works must fit in exhibit cases (see Art Gallery Information Sheets for dimensions).


Applications to exhibit in 2023 will open in June 2022 and be accepted through October 2, 2022. Applications will be juried by the Visual Art Selection Committee of visual art professionals and artists. Applicants will be notified in December 2022


The 2023 application will be available in June 2022. Email City staff if you'd like to be notified when the application process opens.

The 2022 application window closed on November 14, 2021.

Artist Requirements

Artists who are selected to exhibit in 2022 will be required to:

  1. Complete a waiver of indemnity and liability releasing the city of any liability from artwork damage, loss or theft.
  2. Publicize and promote the exhibit and opening reception to their clients, contacts and the media.
  3. Be responsible for installation and de-installation, with the assistance of cultural arts division staff.
  4. Provide wall signs for each artwork listing: title, media, year, artist name, price or NFS, phone number, email, and website.
  5. Participate in Art Night Encinitas, the city’s bi-monthly artist reception for all artists currently exhibiting in the civic art galleries, and also includes local art galleries. In 2022, Art Night Encinitas will take place on the following Saturdays from 5:30-8:30pm: Jan. 29, Mar. 12, May 14, Jul. 23, Sep. 17, and Nov. 19. Click here for more information.
  6. Adhere to the Visual Art Policy.

Art Sales

All income from the sale of art goes to the artist. There is no gallery commission. The exhibition program is a service to Encinitas artists and exists to promote the local artist community. As such, artists are encouraged to be flexible in their pricing. Art sales are by mutual agreement between the artist and purchaser. Please note: work that is sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.


The artist promotes their exhibition to clients, friends, and the media. A media contact list is available from the Cultural Arts Division. Exhibition information is included in the City’s arts e-newsletter, sent to 22,000 subscribers in the community, the Encinitas Arts & Events calendar (online and in print), and on the City website.

Artist Testimonial

"I was very fortunate to have artwork exhibited in a show with the city of Encinitas. My work was exhibited at the Encinitas library for six weeks, in a fabulous large room with a wonderful view of the ocean. A reception was held on Sunday afternoon, September 15th. The success was due in large part to the recommendation to apply by fellow artist Kirsten Francis, and the efforts and advice of city arts staff. For me to have the chance to work with them in putting on this show was such a wonderful opportunity. I was so fortunate to sell nine paintings - far beyond expectations. The reception was terrific in such a great venue, with many friends and acquaintances and people from the community having a good time. I made numerous contacts with hopes of more sales and opportunities for the future. Thank you to all who came and made the exhibit a success. And thank you to the city of Encinitas Civic Arts Program for giving me the opportunity.”   Neil Brooks