Exhibition submissions

Guidelines for submitting visual arts proposals

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY IN THE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE, OPEN APPLICATIONS TO SPACE'S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM WILL BE SUSPENDED STARTING ON APRIL 3, 2017 AT 12:00AM

 

We have three different submission forms for our three exhibition spaces: 

SPACE Window Galleryhttps://space538.submittable.com/submit/39592

SPACE Main Space:  https://space538.submittable.com/submit/39593

SPACE Visual Art Gallery: https://space538.submittable.com/submit/20196

We review submissions on a quarterly basis, so please do not e-mail us or call us directly. The next review period will be on Monday, April 3, 2017 for all applications received from January 10, 2017 - April 2, 2017. You can expect a response within 3 weeks of the application deadline.

 


 

We will review open submissions quarterly, so please be patient in awaiting a response. Be sure to include ample information about what you plan to do, relevant artist statements, a CV or resume if you have one and no more than 10 low-resolution jpgs that give a sense of the proposed work or works you have completed in the past. Images must be accompanied by the following information: title, dimensions medium, and date produced. Applications may be closed periodically in the event that the exhibition schedule is full. No phone calls, please.

Before submitting your exhibition ideas, please take a moment to think about how SPACE's mission relates to your work.  SPACE presents contemporary, unconventional and emerging arts, artists and ideas and:

  • seeks to present exhibitions that add to our community, especially those that might not otherwise have an outlet in Maine. 
  • appreciates submissions that consider our unique gallery and programming spaces, and the opportunities for each area to coexist
  • believes in paying artists whenever possible, either through sales of work, stipends, commissions, or other creative means. While we had success funding installations and selling work, we can guarantee neither.

For photos and a floor plan of the gallery and annex layouts click here.

For examples of past exhibits for reference click here.


 

MAIN SPACE


The main space is a multi-functional room of approximately 2500 square feet with 13 foot-high walls and an unusual vaulted brick ceiling.

Artists working across all media are welcome to propose solo and group exhibitions for this space. Shows are generally three months in length. Since SPACE is a multi-function venue, preference  will be given to proposals that allow artwork to remain installed as the space transforms for music, readings, kids events, and other programming. The space is very active, and we encourage you to visit the gallery during one of our events to see how the exhibitions and events co-exist.

For examples of installations that we think were successful, please browse these recent exhibitions by Katie Bell, Kyle Bravo, and Carnovsky

VISUAL ARTS GALLERY

Our gallery is ideal for installations and exhibitions that require a more traditional white-walled approach. While the space provides a more conventional way of exhibiting artwork, our mission is to support contemporary artists that push boundaries and defy categories. This space may be considered for exhibitions that involve multiple events, interactive installations, and performances as well.

STOREFRONT WINDOW

Every day, hundreds of people pass by our Congress Street window located in the heart of Portland's vibrant arts district. The window can be curated independantly of our interior exhibition spaces and offers a unique oportunity to bring non-traditional artwork to the public.

For examples of installations we think were successful, see work by Nicole and Caitlin Duennebier, Maria Molteni, and Randy Regier.

SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

Gallery hours:
Wed. through Sat., 12 - 6 PM
or by chance or appointment

538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

 

SpaceGalleryBlog

July 13, 2017
by Miles Brautigam