Exhibition Guidelines

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson StreetGloucester MA 01930

Call For Proposals for 2015/16 Cultural Center Exhibitions

The Exhibitions Committee for the Cultural Center Gallery is currently planning the Cultural Center exhibition calendar for years 2015/16. Please read the following guidelines and steps for making an exhibition proposal. Please submit your proposal by December 1, 2014 to be considered for the 2015/16 exhibition schedule.

Submissions: Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for exhibitions. For group shows, at least one exhibiting member must be a Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) member and act as the representative for the group.

Eligibility: Exhibition and curatorial opportunities are open to RNAC members and non-members, subject to approval by the Cultural Center Exhibition Committee (CCEC). Solo or a group shows that contains work that educates, excites or provokes the eye and mind of the viewer, and explores new directions in media and concept are encouraged. Preference will be given to work that has been created within the past three years, to artists who have not participated in a curated or solo show at the Cultural Center in the past calendar year, and for work that has not been exhibited at other Cape Ann venues.
All art must be original and framed for exhibition. No giclée reproductions of original art are allowed. While we encourage the sale of art works, not-for-sale work will be considered.

Fees: Exhibition fees and commissions cover exhibition expenses and lend support to the operation of the Cultural Center and the colony. The cost of the exhibition space is $600 FOR A four-week show. There is a 25% commission on sales for RNAC members and 40% for exhibiting non-members. Exhibitors are responsible for postcard content, printing and mailing costs. In some cases, hanging fees apply.

Gallery Hours: The center is open Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM, June-August and Thursday- Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM, September-May.  All exhibiting artists are invited to help cover the gallery hours and welcome visitors for the duration of the exhibition. The gallery may be open for more days and longer hours dependent on the availability of exhibitors to be on duty.

Receptions: The exhibition fees include the basic costs of mounting shows and necessities for the reception—linens, glasses, napkins, and non-alcoholic drinks. Artists may want to bring finger food and are responsible for set up and cleaning up of the event. Exhibitors choose a date for an opening reception after a proposal has been accepted in consultation with the CCEC advisor.

Publicity: RNAC Cultural Center will promote each exhibition through the weekly Rocky Neck News online, Facebook, RNAC calendar updates, Good Morning Gloucester and other media.

Installation: The Exhibition Committee will oversee installations and decisions of the committee are final. Please be familiar with the hanging and lighting systems when conceiving your exhibition. Two-dimensional work will be suitably framed and firmly wired. Sculptors must provide their own pedestals or other special requirements. Art must be delivered, installed, and removed on designated dates.

Liability: Artists are responsible for insuring their work. The RNAC will take all reasonable precautions to preserve submitted work from damage, theft or other harm but cannot accept responsibility if any such event occurs.

How to Submit an Exhibition Proposal 

After reading the exhibition guidelines, please submit as follows:

1. A description of the exhibition in a separate word document. Include the title, scope and appeal of the exhibit.

2. A complete list of the participating artists with bios and available websites, preferred season or month, and the name of the group representative with contact information.

3. Include at least two images per artist. Images should be Jpegs, sized 600 to 1200 pixels for the longest side (horizontal or vertical). Images should represent all media being submitted. Please label each image with: artist, title, media and size.

4. Please submit the proposal and all inquiries to art@rockyneckartcolony.org

A sample proposal PDF is available here.