Call for Art: 33rd Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit

Call for Art

33rd Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit at

the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California

Exhibition dates are: January 25 – March 16, 2024

The Sun Gallery, Hayward, is delighted to announce its 33rd Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibition to be held January 25 through March 16, 2024. The Gallery is a wonderful space, and the exhibition is very prestigious. The exhibit is always extremely well attended by both adults and students via school field trips. 

If you have illustrated and you would like to be considered for the exhibition, please drop off a copy of your book for consideration. The book doesn’t need to be recently published, as there is always a new audience of kids, but you do need to have the art from the book available to show. If your book is not yet published, but will be by show time, please send us 3 jpeg images from pages of your upcoming book. We are sending this call to publicists as well, so if you represent illustrators close to the San Francisco Bay Area, please pass this on!

Featured books are available for purchase during the exhibition with 30% of book sales going towards our Children’s Programming for 2024. You can also exhibit art that is not for sale. If your art is for sale, and does sell, the gallery receives 30% of the sales price. There is no display cost for your work to be in the exhibit, we only request that you please join as a member of Sun Gallery for the 2024 year at a nominal cost of $25 This nominal fee helps us pay for admin costs and postcards plus mailings related to the exhibit.

A reception for the illustrators and book signing “party” will be held on Sat. Feb. 3 from 1-4.

The Sun Gallery favors illustrated works that closely tie the images to the text. Sketching and story line art are highly welcome, as it shows the progression and making of your book. Original art is preferred, so please plan for some of your original artwork to be part of the exhibit (Glicee prints in moderation please) We are sure you will know which works are the most appropriate. We will normally display 4-6 pieces of your art in the exhibit, so plan on a minimum of 4 of your pieces being needed. If you are unable to provide any of your original artwork, please contact the Curator, Dorsi Diaz, to discuss alternatives. 

Please drop off the book(s) or mail to: (in the mail slot)

Sun Gallery

1015 E St
Hayward, CA 94541

Attention: Dorsi Diaz, Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit

Once we’ve received the book, it is then reviewed. At that point, if your work is selected, we will then get in touch with you to schedule delivery of the original illustrations (prints are also acceptable & work ideally needs to be framed, also wire hangars on the back are a must) In order to be considered for the exhibition you have to be published (self-published is okay as long as the book has been on sale), and copies of the book have to be available for sale during the exhibition either directly through you or through your Publisher/distributor.

I do hope you’ll consider being a part of this exciting exhibition, and we look forward to working with you.

You may email us with any questions to Dorsi at

It is our goal to have the artists in place by the last week of Dec. 31 – so jump on this opportunity quickly!