Past Exhibition

Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition

Exhibition Opens Thursday, November 18
Lower Lobby Gallery

One reason the Christmas season appeals to me is that it makes us suspend business-as-usual routine and lets our minds soar for a while.

Walt Disney

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 celebrated around the world, including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ōmisoka, Diwali, Las Posadas, Three Kings Day, Toji, seasonal solstices, and New Year’s. But for many, this special time of year is not about a particular holiday or giving gifts, but rather about making special memories with friends and family and enjoying the spirit of the season.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its next community exhibition, Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition. 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 Lobby Gallery, opening November 18, 2021. 

In addition to accepting traditional 2D and 3D artworks, we encourage the submission of original short films. Please submit an image of your painting, drawing, photograph, 3D object, or an original film that is inspired by your seasonal traditions. Artists are welcome to enter multiple artworks—please submit each artwork separately using the form below. Selected artists will be notified of artwork delivery instructions via email—see Requirements, Specifications, and Terms below. 


  1. Submit all required details through the form below no later than Sunday, August 8, 2021 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, August 27, 2021 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 18 and Friday, October 22, 2021, by appointment only. Artworks delivered to the museum must be framed and painted artworks must be framed with glass or plexiglass. 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, perishable, or 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 in the video monitor display. 
  7. 2D artworks that cannot be delivered to the museum in-person may be considered for display on the 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. 
  2. 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). 
  3. Name your digital file in the following format: LastName_ArtworkTitle (e.g., Smith_Traditions.jpg). 
  4. 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). 
  5. If submitting a collaborative artwork or film, please include the names of all collaborators. 
  6. If submitting multiple artworks and/or films, please input each entry as a separate submission.


  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, August 27, 2021 if their work will be included in the exhibition. 


For questions, email