About the Exhibits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited access to the public space, exhibits at the County Government Building have been paused.

Arts Council Santa Cruz County presents four exhibits each year at the County Government Center, featuring local artists. Co-sponsored by the County Department of Public Works, shows consist of work from five artists: two artists displaying on the First floor walls; two artists displaying on the Fifth floor walls; and one 3-D artist showing work in display cases on the First & Fifth Floors. Additionally, in March/April/May annually, the Arts Council produces a Youth Art Exhibit showcasing artwork created through our arts education programs in Santa Cruz County schools.

Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople are invited to apply once a year. Applications are due in early December. Exhibits begin in January and run for approximately 9 weeks. Artists are eligible to exhibit every other year.  

Applicants are screened by the selection committee, consisting of two professional artists, an Arts Council Board member, a Santa Cruz County Arts Commissioner, a representative from the County Public Works Department, and two County employees. The Selection Committee strives to provide quality exhibits representing the diverse talents of our local artists. Artists should be aware that the County Government Center is not a gallery and should plan their shows to be appropriate for a public office building. Inappropriate or unsuitable material will not be displayed.

Facts for Applicants

  • Early December: Electronic applications due to Arts Council
  • Fourteen 2-D artists and four 3-D artists are selected for each yearly exhibit cycle
  • Artists selected to exhibit will be notified the week of December 16th
  • Exhibit Year: January to December
  • Artist Eligibility: Every other year

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