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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Enter     

•    How do I enter Made in California?

You may enter your submissions online here. View our handy Step-by-Step guide here.

Payment and Processing

•    What payment options do you offer/how do I pay?

Our online system uses PayPal to process payments. You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay, just a major debit or credit card.

•    Will I receive a payment confirmation/receipt?

Yes, PayPal will send you an email receipt of your payment. As well, once your submission has been completed, you will receive an email containing your submission details. Please review these carefully and notify the gallery of any issues.

•    I want to submit multiple entries, do I have to complete separate transactions?

No, you may now enter up to 10 individual works on the same submission form, all in one transaction. Separate transactions are only required if you are submitting for both the Juried Exhibition and the Solo Show Opportunity.

•    If my work is not accepted into the exhibition, do I get my money back?

Unfortunately no, entry fees are non-refundable.


•    I want to submit work for both the juried show and the solo show opportunity, is this possible?

Yes, you may submit to both categories using the appropriate forms HERE. However, do not submit the same work in both categories. Bodies of work not accepted for the solo show will be considered to be part of the greater juried show.

•    I entered works into last year’s show but was not accepted, can I enter those same works again?

Yes, as long as the work has been made within the last three years and has not been exhibited in the Gallery before.

•    Will I receive notification that my entries have been received?

Yes, once your submission has been completed, you will receive an email in which you can review your entry and payment details.

•    Can I save my form to complete at a later date?

Unfortunately, no. Please prepare all information and images prior to starting your entry. If you need to make changes to your entry after submission email at prior to the entry deadline.

•    Why do my images need to be at least 300dpi? What does dpi mean?

Dpi refers to the number of pixels that an image has, meaning the quality of the image. We require that submitted images be 300dpi so that they are high enough resolution for the jurors to be able to see the quality and craftsmanship of the artwork. As well, accepted works will be included in the exhibition catalog and other marketing materials, so the image needs to be a high enough resolution to be used for print.

•    How do I photograph my artwork to submit it?

Photographs taken on most cameras or modern smart phones should be high enough quality to submit for consideration. When taking your pictures, be sure to place your artwork in a well-lit area, photograph the piece straight-on, and make sure that nothing but the piece is visible (no carpet, other artwork on walls, etc.). Images that are blurry, improperly cropped or rotated, etc. can affect the final scoring decision.

•    How do I label my images/files? Which types of files are accepted? Is there a size limit?

Images and files must be labeled Last Name, First Name_Title of Work. For example, if you were to submit a jpg image, the file would be titled: Doe, John_Artwork 1. Accepted file types are jpg, jpeg, png, mp4, zip, wma, mpg, flv, and avi; maximum size per file is 2MB.

•    What if my video file is larger than 2MB?

Video submissions must provide a link to a Vimeo, Youtube, or other site that hosts your video in the Notes portion of the form. Additionally, a still image of your video must be provided in the file upload section of the form.

•    What if I am submitting multiple untitled entries?

Please label your works in a way in which we can differentiate your pieces, you may use ascending numbers or letters to designate your titles (i.e. Deckard, Rick_Untitled 1, Deckard, Rick_Untitled 2 etc.)

•    What if my piece is 3 dimensional and requires detail images?

Email any necessary detail images to, and our staff will attach them to your entry. Additional detail images must be labeled accordingly i.e. Doe, John_Artwork 1 Detail or similar.

•    Is there a size/weight limit for the artwork?

Wall pieces should not exceed 96” in height and should not weigh more than 100lbs. If you have concerns about the size/weight of your artwork, call the Gallery prior to submitting.

•    On the entry forms, it asks for ‘dimensions’, does that mean framed or unframed?

Simply include the framed size of your piece, if it is not yet framed, please just include your best guess as to what it will be (typically 4”-8” larger than the unframed size).

Solo Show Submission

•    What exactly is the Solo Show?

We began offering a Solo Show as an opportunity for one artist to exhibit a body of their work in a room separate from the rest of the juried exhibition. This honor is bestowed on one artist who submits the most successful, cohesive body of work. This solo show is treated as a separate exhibit, meaning that it will have it’s own show announcement and own title wall.

•    What happens if my work is not selected for the Solo Show?

If your body of work was not selected for the solo show, each piece will be considered individually to be potentially accepted into the juried exhibition.

•    If I submit a body of work for consideration for the Solo Show, will I have to show exactly those pieces or can I switch some out later?

When a body of work is selected for the Solo Show, the Gallery will contact the artist to discuss their work in terms of number, size, and layout. Artists may be asked to include more or less pieces than were originally submitted.

•    Where is the Solo Show? How large is the room?

The Solo Show takes place in a separate room inside of the Gallery, please reference the map below for dimensions and general vicinity of the room.

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•    When will I be notified about getting into the show?

All notifications will be sent out on Thursday, March 12th, 2020. All accepted artists will receive an email detailing the next steps of their participation. Please be sure to check your spam/junk folders if you do not see the email. We will also be posting an accepted artist list online.

•    Is there any reason that my work could be disqualified after it is accepted?

  1. If your artwork does not match the submitted image in content or quality, or does not adhere to the conditions laid out in the prospectus, the piece(s) will be returned at the artist’s expense.

  2. If you submit work under the Brea Resident or Gallery Member category and you do not in fact live in Brea or are not a member; or if you submit multiple works under this category.

  3. After being selected and accepting the terms, you may not sell, loan, or pull your selected work from the exhibition. Failure to abide by the terms will result in your disqualification and an inability to enter future MICA exhibitions for the next 2 years.

•    My artwork requires specific hanging instructions, how do I provide this information? Do I need to provide my own supplies?

You may briefly describe your installation needs in the Notes box on the submission form. If your artwork is accepted you will need to contact the gallery to further discuss installation requirements. Any required hardware beyond standard screws needs to be provided by the artist.

•    I don’t know how to price my artwork, will the Gallery help me with that?

The Gallery does not offer pricing assistance but we encourage each artist to consider factors such as cost of supplies, amount of time spent making the work, the selling price of similar works being made, and what amount you would feel satisfied receiving in return for your artwork. Please keep in mind that the Gallery takes a 30% commission on all works sold during the exhibition.

•    Can I change the price of my artwork after I have submitted my entries?

You can only change the price of your artwork prior to the entry deadline. Once the deadline has passed, no further edits can be made. Contact the gallery via email at to do so.

•    What if I do not want to sell my work?

If you are not interested in selling your artwork, simply select ‘No’ on the appropriate section of the entry form. Your work will then be listed as NFS (not for sale).

•    I will be out to town during the artwork drop off days, what should I do?

If you know you will not be available to bring your work in person during the designated drop off days, you can either ship your work by the shipping deadline, or have a friend, family member, or colleague bring your work to the Gallery for you.

•    I cannot pick up my work on the designated day.

If you are unable to pick up your work on the designated day, you must contact the gallery to make alternate arrangements prior to June 20th, 2020. You can always have a friend, family member, or colleague pick up your work for you, however you will still need to notify the gallery. Failure to make arrangements with the gallery will incur a storage fee of $15 per day to be paid by the artist. Work left in the Gallery for more than 30 days is subject to disposal.

Website Troubleshooting

•    When I try to go to the website to enter, the page does not come up, what’s wrong?

Please be sure to check that you are entering in the URL correctly. It is when in doubt, simply click one of our links to navigate you to the website. If that still does not work, call the Gallery at (714) 990-7731 to report the issue.

•    After I submitted my entry, I realized that that I made a mistake, can I change it?

If you need to make edits to your entry, please notify Gallery Staff via email at Entries can only be amended prior to the deadline.

 •    After i submit my entry, I am not directed to the payment page, what do I do?

Please notify Gallery Staff via email at or phone at (714) 990-7731 so that we may correct and assist any issues.