Making art has the power to transform trauma and depict the many facets and faces of mental health and physical health that can be easily misunderstood. Artists can externalize and translate their embodied experiences as acts of healing and understanding. Gallery 263 invites artists to submit to bittersweet, a national juried show that considers wellness and self-care in an ever-evolving world.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 11 at 11:59pm
Exhibition Dates: February 9–March 11, 2023

About the Juror

Vanessa Leroy (b. 1996) is a freelance photographer and photo editor based in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She remains on the hunt for new ways of seeing, remembering, and altering the world through photography. She is drawn to image-making because of the power it holds to create nuanced representation for marginalized people and uplift their stories. She sees photography as a tool for social justice, and with it, she hopes to create worlds that people feel as though they can enter and draw from, as well as provide a look into an experience that they may not personally recognize.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street JournalNPR, STAT News, Bloomberg, and exhibited at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA — where she is represented.


Header: Image courtesy of Vanessa Leroy

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the online form below. Up to 6 artworks, represented as jpg files or video/audio links, may be uploaded to the form for consideration. Payment is settled either as the final step of the online application form, or by a follow-up payment method (mailed check). Selections for the exhibition are made by the guest juror. All communication and installation decisions are conducted by Gallery 263. Please read the full information below prior to applying.

Artwork Size Restrictions & Shipping Details

  • 2D (painting, drawing, photography, graphic design etc.)
    • Max Dimensions: 60” W x 108” H (40 lbs. max)
  • 3D (sculpture, assemblage, installation)
    • Max Dimensions: MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D.  Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by artist
  • Time Media (video or audio)
    • No length restrictions.  Submit with links to streaming (YouTube or Vimeo). Artists will be required to provide a/v equipment with selected time-based works.
  • Size Restrictions of Artwork To Be Shipped
    • Shipped artwork must fit in a box no larger than: 36”W  x  36”H x 8″D, 40 lbs.
  • Artwork must be shipped using UPS, with a return shipping label included.


This is a national call, open to all US residents. Submitted work must have been created within the last five years, complete and presentation ready.


Online submissions only. Artists may submit up to 6 works. Work in all media is encouraged.

Entry Fee

Payment of $25 for 1–3 submissions; $40 for 4–6.  Payment must be received by the submission deadline.

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