Upcoming Exhibition

Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition

Submissions Close Sunday, August 21, 2022
Exhibition Opens Thursday, November 17, 2022
Lower Level

For Walt Disney and his family, the holidays were a time to create magical memories and celebrate traditions. And while Walt and his family celebrated Christmas, there are many end-of-year holidays and traditions observed around the world, including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ōmisoka, Diwali, Las Posadas, Three Kings Day, Toji, seasonal solstices, and New Year’s.  

Many end-of-the-year celebrations honor our environments, taking inspiration from the natural world and the great flora that surrounds us. For this year’s Spirit of the Season exhibition, we call on artists to take a page from our special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, and create artworks that celebrate nature and the lush, abundant plant-matter that form our environment and lend themselves to holiday symbolism. 

Adult and teen artists are invited to submit artwork inspired by their own holiday traditions and expressing what the spirit of the season means to them. As a juried exhibition, artworks selected for the exhibition will be on display in the museum’s lower level beginning November 17, 2022. 
Please submit an image of your painting, drawing, photograph, or 3D object, or submit a video file of an original film that is inspired by the season. Selected artists will be notified of artwork delivery instructions via email.


  1. Submit all required details through the form below no later than Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 11:59pm PT. 
  2. Submissions are accepted by artists of all skill levels, ages 13 and up.  
  3. Artists will be notified by email on Friday, September 16, 2022 if their work will be included in the exhibition. 
  4. Artists with 2D artworks selected for inclusion in the exhibition will be required to deliver their artwork in-person to the museum between Monday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (please note new delivery dates), by appointment only. 2D Artworks delivered to the museum must be framed using plexiglass or acrylic (not glass). Full artwork specifications and delivery details will be provided to selected artists. We cannot accept delivery through UPS, FedEx, or other shippers. 
  5. Artworks cannot include glitter or organic materials such as flowers, feathers, or perishable food items. All components of an artwork must be secured to the piece and not include any loose materials. 
  6. Digital, film, and 3D artworks are accepted and will be featured on a video monitor within the exhibition and do not require physical delivery. Digital illustration artists selected for inclusion will have the option of delivering a printed work to the museum or having their work digitally displayed.  
  7. 2D artworks that cannot be delivered to the museum in-person may be considered for digital display on a video monitor. Please indicate whether your artwork can be delivered in-person or if you prefer video-only display on the form below.

Artwork and Film Specifications

  1. For 2D or 3D artwork, please submit a high-resolution scan or photo of your work as a .jpg, .png, or .tif file of at 300 dpi. If using a mobile phone camera to photograph artwork, please capture using the highest resolution and quality possible, and take a full photo of the entire artwork using adequate lighting. Any necessary cropping will be done by The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

  1. For films: Please submit in an .mp4, .webm, .avi, .ogg, or .mov format of no more than 2 minutes in length or 1GB in file size. Please do not include licensed music or any intellectual property not owned by the submitting artist(s).  

  1. Name your digital file in the following format: LastName_ArtworkTitle (e.g., Smith_Traditions.jpg).  

  1. Artwork must be thoroughly original, created, and owned wholly by the submitting artist or artists, contain imagery that is appropriate for all audiences, and not include Disney intellectual property (including but not limited to characters, marks, etc.) or intellectual property not owned by the submitting artist(s).  

  1. If submitting a collaborative artwork or film, please include the names of all collaborators.  

  1. If submitting multiple artworks and/or films, please input each entry as a separate submission. 

  2. Up to five files per submission accepted. If artwork(s) are part of a series, please submit as one entry with separate files per artwork.


  1. By submitting an artwork, you confirm that the artwork is original and created solely by you, the artist(s) and nothing depicted in the artwork is owned by a third party.  
  2. The museum assumes the right to use any images of the artworks provided by the artists and reproduce the artworks for documentation, publicity, publication, education, and all other purposes, in print and digital forms, connected with the exhibition.  
  3. By opting into the Image Use Provision and submitting your artwork, you grant the museum the right to use your image in an exhibition catalog or museum merchandise.  
  4. The museum assumes the right to the use provided images of the works on the museum's digital channels, including but not limited to: website, mobile app, and social media accounts.  
  5. The museum reserves the right to individually review each artwork and accept or deny admission of that artwork into the exhibition. Artists will be notified by email on Friday, September 16, 2022 if their work will be included in the exhibition.  

For questions, email marketing@wdfmuseum.org