Gallery 44 is seeking exhibition proposals from lens-based artists and curators for the 2021/2022 programming year. We are looking for submissions that are timely, unique, and that align with Gallery 44’s mandate and past programming initiatives.
Gallery 44 accepts submissions once a year. Submissions are considered for either the Main Gallery or Vitrines. Usually there is room for less than three Open Call submissions to be included within the gallery’s following programming year. The remaining exhibitions are selected through on-going partnerships and through proposals put forward by the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs. There are usually five exhibition periods throughout Gallery 44’s programming year which runs from September to July (this does not include the annual Proof exhibition or the Verant Richards Award Vitrines exhibition), which totals ten exhibitions (five in the Main gallery and five in the Vitrines) per year. Below is a list of recent Main Gallery and Vitrine exhibitions that were selected through the submissions process.
The submissions received through the Open Call are juried by Gallery 44’s Exhibitions Programming Committee (EPC). The committee is composed of the Executive Director, the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, two community members, two Gallery 44 members, and one Gallery 44 Board member. Every submission is considered. Together, the EPC creates a shortlist and then decides on the successful applications.
To apply, please send the required submission materials to email@example.com. The subject of your email should be “Open Call Submission 2021”. Submissions must be received before 5pm EST on Wednesday March 31, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will hear back within 4 months of the deadline. Unfortunately, due to a high volume of applicants, Gallery 44 is unable to provide feedback on submissions.
Required Submission Materials (an online form to upload your submission will become available in January 2021):
- Artist or Curatorial statement*
- Exhibition proposal
- Images (10-20 jpegs)
- Video links if applicable (maximum of 3)
If you are an artist submitting your work for an exhibition, your artist statement should outline how the body of work relates to your practice as a whole, and how and why the materials you chose to work with relate to your conceptual premise. If you are a curator or collective submitting an exhibition proposal, your curatorial statement should outline the conceptual thesis of your exhibition, including specifics on each work and the dialogue they create with one another. A floor plan/layout is not necessary to include with a submission. Gallery 44 will provide curatorial and installation support for selected submissions.
If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the Gallery.
Gallery 44's floorplan, including vitrine dimensions, can be found here.
Recent exhibitions that have been programmed through the submissions process include:
Under The Cave of Winds
Main Gallery, 2019
Alone in the house (Still life with Clarice Lispector)
Main Gallery, 2020
The Year Without a Summer
Main Gallery, 2021
Image: Installation view of Elisabeth Belliveau's exhibition Alone in the house (Still life with Clarice Lispector), Sept 11 -Oct 24, 2020. Photo credit: Darren Rigo.