About Our Exhibition Proposal Series

Through our Exhibition Proposal Series (EPS), artists and curators of all experience levels have the opportunity to collaborate with Gallery 263 staff to organize and present polished, self-curated exhibitions in our 700 sq/ft storefront gallery. This series is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, amounting to three shows annually, and is the only way to be considered for a proposed group or solo exhibition.

Gallery 263 staff and board collectively review all submissions in a democratic process involving hours of thorough reviewing of each submission. Each review results in one exhibition selection. The selected exhibition will also be documented and archived in a virtual tour thanks to the generosity of rtangent. See a past exhibition example here.

In 2023, the Gallery 263 exhibitions manager will curate a group exhibition exclusively featuring a select group of artists who submitted proposals to calls with deadlines in 2021 but were ultimately not chosen for an exhibition. Please note that submitting a proposal does not guarantee inclusion in this exhibition. Artists may opt out of this consideration process.

Deadline for Submissions: January 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Exhibition Dates: March 17—April 16, 2022

Banner Image: LUCID by Shaina Gates, a former Exhibition Proposal Series artist. Image courtesy of Melissa Rivard.

Qualifications, Restrictions & Suggestions

  • Only New England artists are eligible for consideration for solo proposals. For group proposals, at least 50% of participating artists must be from within New England.
  • At least 50% of work submitted for review must be from the last two years.
  • Group and solo exhibitions of all media are welcome to apply. Group proposals (of two artists or more) are encouraged.
  • Proposals must be submitted by a representative artist/curator. This can be the artist proposing a solo exhibition for him/her/their self, a representative proposing an exhibition as part of a group OR an independent curator(s) proposing an exhibition on behalf of an artist or group. The representative must be a New England resident.
  • Entries may either be existing or proposed work. All proposed installations must require less than 25% of floor surface area. Any A/V equipment required for the exhibit will need to be provided by the artist(s). Exhibitions must be installed in under 3 days.
  • Proposals should be made in consideration of Gallery 263’s space. Visiting us before applying is strongly encouraged.
  • Sculpture and video-based installations must be considerate of the different programming (yoga, life drawing nights, music nights, etc) at Gallery 263. Ideal locations for 3D work include the windows, wall mounted sculpture, and pedestals. Ideal presentation of video work is on monitors, provided by the artist. Please contact Doug at doug@gallery263.com for any questions about installation work.

Considerations

Many factors may influence the panel’s decisions for selecting Exhibition Proposal Series exhibitions. The EPS program intends to provide career development and experience for visual artists, and to share high quality and concept driven exhibitions with our local community. A successful proposal considers our unique, multi-functional space and engages our audience visually and conceptually. Read more about our mission here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENT #1: TEXT

Title your Text File: “LastName_FirstName_ExhibitionTitle_Proposal.pdf” and compile in the order of sections below.

Exhibition Narrative (Max One Page)

  • Describe the exhibition you are proposing. We suggest including a clear thesis statement in the beginning of the proposal to show how it presents a cohesive exhibition.
  • For Project Proposals (unfinished or installation): in addition to the statement, describe the proposed work including a timeline. Note if any portion of the project will be created on-site, and remember that the install must be completed in under 3 days.

CV (One Page Max Per Person)

CV/resume of all participating artists (and represented curator if it applies)

DOCUMENT #2: IMAGES

Title your Image File: “LastName_FirstName_ExhibitionTitle_Images.pdf”.

Total size of image file should be no more than 50MB.  Images should be high resolution (72 dpi) but no larger than 1500 pixels per largest dimension. It is helpful to size each image appropriately before loading them into one document.

You may include up to 15 Images total for a solo exhibition, or three images per person for a group exhibition (if more than three people). Please compile all images into one single .pdf file.

  • Please place each image on its own page, size large
  • List information directly underneath each image: Artist, Title, medium, dimensions, year, and actual or representative
  • For video/audio work: please include links for online streaming instead of still images
  • If applying with all video or audio work, you do not need to include an images pdf, simply include all links in your text document

For Project Proposals

  • Include sketches and/or mockups of work that you plan on including in the exhibit
  • Include images of past work if relevant to this project, and elaborate

For Existing Artwork Proposals

  • At least 50% of included work must be from within the last two years; exceptions possible upon request
  • If applying with sculpture, providing a floor plan is highly suggested

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