A Message to Our Community Regarding COVID-19

Dear friends of Gallery 263,

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving news about COVID-19. At this time, we feel it is critical to close the gallery until further notice. We arrived at this decision based on what we feel is our social duty and what is in the best interest of our community, artists, and staff. Please note the following changes, effective immediately.

Weekly Programming & Events
Life Drawing Boston is canceled until further notice.

Yoga at Gallery 263 is now offered through live streaming. The suggested donation to participate in online yoga is $10, but you are welcome to pay what you can.

Call for Art and Call for Exhibition Proposals
If you are looking for ways to be proactive about your art practice during these challenging times, we hope you will apply to our current opportunities.

  • Call for ArtFact vs. Fiction: This national exhibition juried by Sam Adams, the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, invites artists to submit work that considers truth and fabrication. Please note the exhibition dates are now December 3, 2020–January 9, 2021. We are currently accepting work for this show: the submission deadline is extended until September 1, 2020. Submit now>>
  • Call for Fall Exhibition Proposals: The current call for exhibition proposals for summer 2020 is now a call for our winter 2021 exhibition slot. If you already submitted an exhibition proposal for summer 2020, your proposal will now be considered for the winter. The new exhibition dates are January 14–February 13, 2021. The deadline for this call is extended until Sunday, November 1, 2020. Submit now>>

Spring Exhibitions
The Eye’s Mind, a solo show by Drew Pate* originally scheduled to open this month, is postponed until further notice; exact dates will be announced soon. The Tot Lot student show, scheduled for April 19, has been canceled.

*Header Image: [Detail of] kK by Drew Pate

Artists and Performers in Need of Assistance
We know COVID-19 is adversely impacting many of you. Some resources that may be helpful for you include:

  • The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual Boston-based artists whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the pandemic.
  • If you have lost revenue from a canceled music gig, you may apply for a rapid grant of up to $200 through the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund.
  • Singers may apply for funding through the Boston Singers’ Relief Fund.
  • Another helpful resource for artists and cultural organizations is a list compiled by the New England Foundation for the Arts: learn more here.
  • A compilation of general Boston-area community care resources (to access and/or support), can be found here.

Donate Now: Help Lessen COVID-19’s Impact on Gallery 263
As a small nonprofit art space, we depend on our communities’ support to keep our programs running, our staff supported, and our mission-driven impact flourishing. Closing our organization for the foreseeable future will severely impact our budget and place a strain on the gallery far beyond the height of this crisis. Please consider supporting the gallery today to ensure we can ride out this dip in our programming capacity and continue to serve as a resource for local and emerging artists and the community at large.

Questions
For questions regarding exhibitions, please contact our exhibitions manager, Douglas Breault, at doug@gallery263.com. For programming, events, and any other questions, please contact our managing director, Alexandra Photopoulos, at alexandra@gallery263.com. For press related questions, please contact our communications director, Allison Gray, at allison@gallery263.com.

We will reassess the situation in the weeks to come, and continue to keep you apprised of changes as they evolve. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances. Our thoughts are with you, and we wish you all health, safety, and creativity in the times ahead.

Sincerely,

Gallery 263 Staff and Board