Exhibition submissions

visual arts open calls and submission guidelines

The Visual Arts Program at SPACE is committed to providing opportunities for individual artists, both regionally and nationally through exhibitions, talks, residencies, and grants. With a focus on artistic excellence, SPACE presents contemporary artwork that favors inventiveness and generates critical dialogue.

Due to a high volume of open call submissions, SPACE will be holding only one open call for Window Gallery exhibition proposals. This year's review session will be held on:

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Window Gallery provides a flexible exhibition platform capable of engaging the public and local artistic community. It is a shallow storefront best suited for small-scale installations or displays. Images of the space with measurements can be found by clicking here. Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Window Gallery when appropriate and to think about how the proposal relates to SPACE's mission before submitting an application.

SPACE is most interested in proposals that make use of the Window Gallery's highly-visible location in Portland's downtown arts district. The most successful projects consider pedestrians' daytime and nighttime experiences of the artwork and incorporate the depth between the glass and back wall into their proposals.

If you are considering applying, please be sure to include:

  • A brief description of your exhibition including details of your material, physical, and spatial requirements as well as any special equipment or technical needs.
  • Relevant artist statements that address how your proposal is situated in relation to your current practice, research, and interests. Please also relate how the proposed project relates to SPACE's mission to support contemporary arts, artist, and ideas. The full mission statement can be found by clicking here.
  • CV or resume
  • Up to 10 images (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. SPACE will review open calls during the weeks after each review session, so please be patient in awaiting a response. All applications received on or before Sunday, July 15, 2018 will be eligible for the next review session. Click here to apply.

image credit: Maria Molteni, The Immortals, 11.7.14–1.16.15  



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

Gallery hours:
W - F 10a - 6p | Sat 12 - 4p

Main Space: doors open 30 minutes before an event. 

538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101