Fine Art Exhibition


Dia de los Muertos Mural, design by Ricardo Ruiz, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas

Dia de los Muertos Mural, design by Ricardo Ruiz


The Dia de los Muertos Festival is one of the most popular events in Corpus Christi drawing thousands of attendees each year. Now open to artists nationwide, our Dia de los Muertos Fine Art Exhibition draws more visitors and generates more sales than any other exhibition at K Space Contemporary. 

Dia de los Muertos is a national holiday in Mexico when deceased loved ones are honored and remembered. It is a poignant time, both solemn and joyous, with colorful traditions, pageantry, and whimsy despite the sobering subject. Dia de los Muertos Festival and Fine Art Exhibition pay tribute to this tradition. Submitted works of art must relate to the the Dia de los Muertos holiday.

JUROR: Ricardo Ruiz

Ricardo Ruiz is an accomplished and popular Corpus Christi artist. Ricardo produces paintings and drawings inspired by his Hispanic heritage, borderland culture, and Mexican-American folklore. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Cheech Marin Collection and numerous private collections. Ruiz has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and his work has been featured in “Chicanitas” and “Los Tejanos”, which are recent traveling exhibitions from the Cheech Marin Collection.  Also ctive in Corpus Christi’s Art community, Ruiz designed the Dia de los Muertos mural at Starr and Lower Broadway and contributed two card panels to the Loteria mural on Chaparral.

When you click the link below, you will see two applications. To enter this Fine Art exhibition, select

“Dia de los Muertos Fine Art Exhibition”

(The other opportunity is the Arts & Crafts Vendor Application for the DDLM Festival).



September 24: Entry Deadline

October 1:  Artists Notified by email

October 13:  Works must be delivered to K Space

October 5-6, October 10-13: Accepting Hand Deliveries

October 24 – November 24: Exhibition Dates

October 27: Open during the Dia de los Muertos Festival

November 2, 5:30 – 9 pm: Artists’ Reception with ArtWalk

November 24: Last day of the exhibition

December 4-5: Return Shipped works


Chicanitas, Cheech Marin Collection, Ricardo Ruiz

Ricardo Ruiz’s “Masota” on the cover of the “Chicanitas” catalogue

Exhibition Information:

Eligibility: Artists age 18+ living in the USA may enter. Entries must be original works of art completed in the last 3 years.  Works previously exhibited at K Space Contemporary (KSC) or Schaudies Gallery at K Space Art Studios (formerly the Hot Spot) are not eligible. Failure to comply with submission guidelines may disqualify your entry.

Media: Open to all visual art forms except video and performance art. Artists must be available to install complicated works. Submit original works of art only – no reproductions please.

Size Limitation: Two-dimensional works must not exceed 48 inches in either direction. Three-dimensional works (and shipping crates) must fit through a 36 x 83-inch doorway. Sculpture must be manageable by two people.

Awards: $1500 in Cash awards for the top 3 works. Honorable Mentions are given at the juror’s discretion.

Sales: All works must be For Sale. KSC collects payment and retains 40% commission. Include gallery commission when pricing your work.

Format: Works are juried from digital images submitted online. Artists may submit one image for each 2D work of art and two images for each 3D work of art.

Entry Fee (non-refundable): $35/non-members ($25/ K Space members) for 1 to 3 works of art. Each additional entry is $5. Enter online through our website. The Entry fee can be paid online through PayPal or by mailing a check or money order payable to K Space Contemporary, or you may pay by credit card over the phone. Paying online through the entry system automatically completes your submission.

Notice: Jury results will be posted on and emailed directly to the artists. Please make sure that your email address in My Profile in the online entry system is correct.

Framing Requirements:  2-D works must be properly prepared for exhibition with wire securely attached. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Only white, off-white or black mats are acceptable. We prefer that drawings and prints be framed for protection; however, we will exhibit works on paper using magnets or clips. Unframed paintings must be painted around the edges in solid black, white or grey or with continued image. The following are not accepted: wet paint, clamp/clip frames, fragile frames, glass, colored mats, and thick, bulky, decorative frames not represented in the juried image as part of the work of art.

If your work is selected for the show:

Shipping: All shipping costs and liability for damage are the responsibility of the artist. Accepted works must be shipped via UPS in reusable containers. Make sure your name is on your crate in permanent marker on the outside. Shipped works must arrive at KSC no earlier than October  5 and no later than October 13. Note: Pack your work well with at least 3 layers of bubble wrap or surrounded with styrofoam in a sturdy box. Do NOT use packing peanuts. Works that arrive in broken or damaged crates will be returned immediately.

Ship Accepted Works to: K Space Contemporary, 415D Starr Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Return Shipping: A pre-printed shipping label for return shipment must be included with your work OR emailed to by November 26 with SHIPPING LABEL; in the subject line. To create a return shipping label, visit  If your work is 2D, attached the return shipping label to the back. If your work is 3D, include an envelope with the return shipping label inside your crate where it can be easily identified. If there are specific instructions for return shipping, such as a freight carrier, make a note of it on bright colored paper and staple to the return label.

Hand Delivery: Artists may deliver accepted works of art to KSC on dates and times noted in the Calendar.

Label: Each accepted work must arrive with proper labeling (name, email address and phone number, title, media, date, retail price) securely attached to the back of frame or bottom of sculpture.

Selected Works: KSC reserves the right to reject works not represented accurately in the image and description in the entry form.  KSC may refuse works that arrive damaged, are poorly constructed or poorly presented (dirty mats, warped canvases, etc.).

Promotion & Use of Images: Selecting “Yes” in the “Publicity ok?” blank gives K Space Contemporary permission to use your work(s) of art in promotional materials for the exhibition (website, social media, print materials).  Artists maintain copyright and are credited for works as follows: Title of Work by Artist Name.

Insurance: We recommend that you insure your work and purchase insurance when shipping your work.

Abandoned Works: Works left at K Space Contemporary 60 days after the last day of the exhibition are considered ABANDONED. Abandoned works become the property of K Space Contemporary and will be disposed of, sold, or given away with no compensation to the artist.

When you click the link below, you will see two opportunities. To enter the Fine Art exhibition, select “Dia de los Muertos Fine Art Exhibition” (The other opportunity is to be an outdoor Arts & Crafts Vendor at the Festival).