Exhibition Guidelines

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson StreetGloucester MA 01930

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops and meetings the vision of a contemporary center for the arts on Rocky Neck has become a reality. We are currently planning the Cultural Center exhibition calendar for 2014.

Exhibitions at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center are open to RNAC members with the exception of the invitationals and those being organized by guest curators. Exhibition proposals may include non-members if organized by a RNAC member or otherwise approved by the Exhibitions Committee (CCEC).

Eligibility: The CCEC will consider proposals of artwork that has been created within the past two years and has not been exhibited at other Cape Ann venues. Preference will be given to artists who have not shown their work at the Cultural Center in the past calendar year. All art must be original and framed for exhibition and no giclée reproductions of original art are allowed. While we encourage the sale of art works, not-for-sale work will be considered.

Submissions: Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for exhibitions. For group shows, at least one exhibiting member must be a RNAC member and act as the representative for the group. The Cultural Center Exhibition Committee (CCEC) will select proposals that lend variety to the schedule.

Fees:Exhibition fees and commissions cover exhibition expenses and help support the operation of the Cultural Center. The cost of the exhibition space is $600 per four-week show, based on $150 a week with a three-week minimum. There is a 25% commission on sales for RNAC members, and 40% for exhibiting non-members. Sales tax will be collected by the RNACG. Payment to artists will be made after all sales are finalized, within four weeks after the close of the show.

Summer gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM.
All exhibiting artists are invited to help cover the gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition by completing the gallery duty schedule (provided) prior to the beginning date of the show. A Center member will open the gallery for you and provide instructions for closing at the end of the day. Groups are encouraged to arrange to be open more days and longer hours dependent on the availability of exhibitors to be on duty.

Receptions: Exhibitors should choose a date for an opening reception in consultation with the CCEC liaison. The exhibition fees will include the basic necessities for the reception—glasses, napkins, non-alcoholic drinks and a simple platter, such as cheese and crackers. Artists may want to bring additional treats and are responsible for set up, cleaning up and removal of trash.

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. The RNAC Marketing team provides the basic information required for postcards.  Exhibitors are responsible for printing and mailing costs.

Installing Your Show: Please be familiar with the hanging and lighting systems when conceiving your exhibition. Art must be delivered, installed, and removed on designated dates. The Exhibition Committee will oversee installations and decisions of the committee are final. Please deliver art with a completed inventory sheet (PDF form provided).

Two-dimensional work will be suitably framed and firmly wired. Wires must be at least two inches below the top edge of the frame when stretched to hide the hanging system hooks. No sawtooth hangers or sandwich frames please. Sculptors must provide their own pedestals or other special requirements.

Labeling of Art: Artists provide a complete list of works with prices two weeks prior to show opening. Any additional wall text will be reviewed and formatted by the CCEC. The cost of materials needed for full sheet wall labels will be the responsibility of the artists.

Sample label list format: Artist, title, medium, date created (optional), and price as shown in the sample below.
Martin Artist
Master Piece
Acrylic on paper, 2012

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 make a proposal: After reading the above guidelines, submit a single page, double spaced description of the exhibition. Include the title, scope and appeal of the exhibit, a complete list of the participating artists with bios and available websites, preferred dates (from the list of available time slots) and the name of the group representative with contact information. Include at least two images of art (.jpg format) per artist. Jpegs should be 180 dpi and 768 pixels for the longest dimension (horizontal or vertical). Please include a separate list of credit information for each piece (in the order submitted) including title, year, media, and size. Submit the proposal and all inquiries to art@rockyneckartcolony.org

Proposal Checklist
Submission date:
Exhibition title:
Proposal (include as separate document)
List of artists:
Dates: Preferred choice, alternate choice
Curator/contact person:
Jpeg Images: (send as separate attachments)
List of credits for jpeg images: (include as separate document)