Exhibiting Artist Approval Process
Would you like to become an Exhibiting Artist at the Museum or Gardens? Or would you like to participate in our theme shows?
It would be great to have you!
We have several exhibit spaces for artists: (see Gallery Spaces for details)
Inside the museum:
- Lobby Floor
- Lobby Floor panels
- Art Gallery
- Café Seating Area
- Display Cases
- In the grounds at the old location, 300 Pepper St
Exhibiting Artists Approval
You must be a museum member to participate.
Approval is decided by an independent pool of jurors taken from the artist members of the museum.
Criteria for approval may include, but not be limited to: skill of composition, design, technique, presentation, originality and appropriateness for the Museum galleries.
Criteria for outdoor art approval may include all of the above as well as the ability of the art to withstand the weather conditions for the duration of the show/exhibit.
To apply you will be asked to provide a short bio, an artist statement, and up to five digital images of your work.
You can select the medium you are requesting to exhibit: e.g. 2D art such as watercolor, acrylic, oil, or collage; OR photography; OR 3D art such as woodcarving, statues OR ceramics, OR fiber art etc etc) If you wish to exhibit more than one medium, make another submission.
If approved, you will be added to the Museum Exhibiting Artists list. Approved Artists will be scheduled as the calendar allows. Currently we are booked up for 2023. Exhibits will be concurrent with other art and history exhibits.
(General Theme shows will be juried by an independent pool of jurors. You do not have to be an approved artist to exhibit in these, but Museum members are automatically subscribed to the Artist List to get the “Calls for Artists”.)
A signed, written contract is required before exhibiting in the museum.
All work must be original and should be recent work. No copies, patterns or prints (except for photographic prints).
Pieces cannot be accepted that are too large to fit
The Visual Arts Advisory Committee reserves the right to limit the quantity of pieces exhibited, based on space available.
Artwork must be framed and look professional. Canvases with staples are not permitted when installing artwork. Gallery wrapped canvases are acceptable. Shrink-wrapped art is not acceptable except from students.
It is expected that all the artwork on exhibit will be for sale. Rare exceptions may be made by the Director. The Museum retains 25% commission on the sale of all artwork during the show. All sales will be handled by the Museum.
Each piece must have an attached label on the back with the artist name and contact information as well as the title of the work, medium, date, and retail price.
Exhibit Catalog and Labels
45 days prior to exhibit opening, provide the number and size of each piece planned for the show.
30 days prior to exhibit opening, a catalog of the pieces in your exhibit must be uploaded to the Visual Arts Advisory Committee. This catalog should include the title, medium, and price for each piece in the show. The Museum will produce labels for the exhibit using the information in your catalog, so please make sure the information is correct. Labels will not be remade.