Exhibit Departments

Professional Arts

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(prǝ-fesh’ ǝn-‘l ärt): Artwork that has been created for pay rather than as a hobby, conforming to the standards of skill, competence, or character normally expected of a properly qualified and experienced artist.

About the Department

If you are a Ventura County professional artist, you have come to the right place. A gallery of the best and newest artwork in the county will be showcased at the fair in the Adah Callahan Art Center.

Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Wood Pieces and more compete for cash prizes and awards including the coveted Adah Callahan Award, Director’s Award and Best in Show.

The show is juried before the Fair begins, and if your work is selected it will hang in the Gallery throughout the 12 days of the Fair. The Ventura County Fair welcomes over 300,000 guests, many of whom will see your work in the Pro Arts Gallery.

To find out more about entering the juried show, just look in the Entry Guide on this website for more details.

We have beautiful artwork from around the county displayed each year. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Several artists volunteer to demonstrate their artistic talent on the lawn outside our building during fair-time. You can watch them create works of art and they always welcome your questions.

Each year we have new outdoor sculptures on the lawn, as well as some previously seen favorites. Make sure to check them out after you’ve visited Photography and Home Arts!

Many people have questions about the “People’s Choice Award”. Our “People’s Choice Award” is voted for by the fair guests. Visitors get to vote for their favorite piece of art and the winner is revealed the second Thursday of the fair.

Our “Entry Day” and “Pick-Up” day volunteers are invaluable! They really make the process easy and efficient. During fair-time we have many volunteer “Hosts” and “Hostesses”. The building couldn’t be open without them watching and overseeing the artwork and answering our visitors questions. We have artists who volunteer their time to help set up the building, Our volunteers are the core of our department.

All Artwork must be PRE-ENTERED prior to artwork receiving dates.

Entry dates June 7-July 20, 2020.  Please do not bring artwork at this time. Entry forms can be found on this page in the right hand column.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00 per entry (Entry Fee is non-refundable)
** Limit 4 entries total per exhibitor; 2 entries per class only. Entry Fee must accompany entry form.  Entries for Division 729 must have been previously shown.  All new Outdoor Sculpture must be entered in Division 728 – Class 2.

You can enter online at the Fair’s website at www.venturacountyfair.org – June 7-July 20, 2020.  Online entries close at 11:59 PM on July 20, 2020.  No emailed entry forms accepted.

Friday, July 24, Saturday, July, 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Entries not selected for show MUST be picked up prior to opening of Fair. Accepted articles must remain until the close of exhibition.

Entries selected for show in the Professional Arts Department MUST be claimed on Monday, August 17, 2020 between 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Entries not claimed at this time become the property of the Fair and will be discarded.


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» Agriculture
» Amateur Art
» Floriculture
» Gems and Minerals
» Hobbies and Collections
» Home Arts
» Horse Shows
» Large Livestock
» Photography
» Professional Art
» Small Livestock
» Uncle Leo’s Barn
» Youth Expo

Click this link for the
2020 Professional Arts Entry Guide

Professional Arts Entry Form

Lisa Joe
Professional Arts Department started by Adah Callahan in 1969 and for whom the gallery building is named for.  Adah had an absolute love of the Arts.  The professional Arts department is happy to be a place to showcase familiar names and new Ventura County Artists as well.

Lisa has been on our staff for many years, first as chairman before becoming assistant.  Prior to that Lisa volunteered for many years in the Floriculture and Photography departments before coming to Professional Arts.  She is an incredible blessing to us!

The Professional Arts Department has a small staff, but a large number of dedicated volunteers from a fourth generation family that has been with us from the beginning as well as several volunteers who if not from the beginning very close to it – it’s really special.  We have artists who do daily demonstrations outside near our Sculpture Garden and they are happy to discuss their artwork and process with you.

We are thankful for each one of you who volunteer your time and talent to make our department come together each year and run smoothly.  We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

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