2015 Contest

MCASD’s "25 and Under Art Contest" is BACK!

If you’re age 25 and under, we want to see YOUR artwork! Visit the galleries, get inspired, and create something! We’re accepting artworks in almost all mediums.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM.

This year's theme is "Our City, Our Time." San Diego is a unique city in the farthest southwest corner of the United States and serves as a gateway to Latin America. Our city is home to a variety of people, cultures, ideas, industries, and of course, the perfect climate. Use the San Diego of today as inspiration to create a contemporary artwork. 

Take up to two photos of your work, and upload the photo or photos and complete the online registration form. See below for image and artwork requirements. You'll be asked to submit information about the artwork's title, medium, size, and year it was created. 

Our esteemed panel of judges will review images of the artworks to determine their favorite 25 works. Those works will be featured on the Museum's Facebook page and the public will be invited to vote on their favorites from May 27-June 5 at noon.

If your work is accepted into the Showcase, you must make arrangements to drop off your entry to MCASD Downtown by 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015. 

Bring your friends and family to see the works in person (and vote again!) at our showcase event at MCASD Downtown on Saturday, June 6 from 1-3 PM.

After the showcase we’ll tally the in-person and Facebook votes to announce our winners. Here’s how the winning categories (and prizes!) break down.

From the 25 entries, four winners will be selected in two categories: Curator’s Choice (First Place and Honorable Mention), which are selected by an MCASD curator, and People’s Choice (First Place and Honorable Mention), both of which are chosen based on Facebook “likes” and on-site votes at the showcase event. Prizes are as follows:

  • Curator’s Choice, First Place: $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, a year-long MCASD X Membership, and a curator-led tour of the exhibition of your choice.
  • Curator’s Choice, Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long e-Membership to the Museum.
  • People’s Choice, First Place: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long e-Membership to the Museum.
  • People’s Choice, Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long e-Membership to the Museum.

The clock is ticking. Show us what you've got!

Learn about last year’s contest and check out the winners. 

Read more about contest rules and regulations.

Image Requirements

  • Must be 72 dpi or higher. No more than 300 dpi.
  • Must be at least 750 pixels in height and width.
  • File size limited to 2MB per image. Keep under 1MB per image for smooth uploading.
  • File renamed with name, art work title, year, i.e., yourname_artworktitle_year
  • Only jpg and png will be accepted
Artwork Requirements
  • Artwork must satisfy the following requirements in order to be considered for entry:
  • 2-dimensional artworks (canvas, drawings, paintings, etc.): Must not exceed 36” h x 36” w
  • 3-dimensional artworks (sculpture, installation, etc.): Must not exceed 48” w x 48” h x 48” w
  • Multimedia: Limited to one-channel video/projection and formatted for YouTube. 

The results are in! The 2015 25 and Under Art Contest winners are as follows:

Curator’s Choice
Crochet Amoeba by Ivy Guild

Curator’s Choice, Runner Up
Bridge over San Diego River by Zachary Hall

People’s Choice
San Diego Days by Jonah Castiglione

People’s Choice, Runner Up
Growing Rain by Amanda Yamashita