Artist participants will have the opportunity to present their work in a high-profile exhibition installed in a professional gallery setting in New York City's Lower East Side art district, with personal introductions to collectors, museum curators, gallerists, and art press that will help to advance their creative careers.


Apply to Exhibit

Please prepare the following application Materials:

  • Artist Statement or CV (250 words max)
  • Short description of the planned installation (250 words max)
  • List of Works to be exhibited
  • 5 images of works for upload

  • SUBMIT APPLICATION for 2019 festival

    Eligibility: Who Should Apply?

  • Independent artists
  • Artist collectives, alternative spaces, small and nomadic galleries
  • Small and medium size galleries who nominate an individual artist
  • Application period

  • June 26 - Aug 7, 2019
  • Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis from July 24 to August 7
  • Exhibition theme

    The theme for the 2019 festival is Dignity: Care for Each Other and Our Planet. On behalf of the Curatorial Committee we invite artists working in all mediums to apply for participation in the exhibition if your work explores themes of bias, inequality, immigration, forced separation, mental and physical health, personal loss or suffering, environmental degradation and sustainability.

    What we provide:

  • 6 and 12 linear feet of wall space†
  • Gallery painted white walls
  • Professional installation by art handlers with direction from Curatorial Committee††
  • Professional gallery lighting
  • Walls labels and signage
  • Curatorial statement on artwork
  • Regular “spotlight” features on homepage
  • Profile feature in festival email newsletters and social media posts
  • Personalized outreach by Curatorial Committee to collectors and curators
  • Press exposure
  • Invitation to VIP “Collector and Curator” dinner
  • Opportunities to participate in “Town Hall” discussion series
  • Digital Catalogue entry with color images and curatorial text
  • Art work storage can be provided for an additional fee†††
  • Exhibition options and Participation Fees:

  • 6 linear feet $1,650
  • 12 linear feet $3,300
  • Artworks will be displayed for the full four week festival run.
    Applicants can select either 6 or 12 linear feet of exhibition space.

    Curatorial Guidelines

  • Measurements are estimates of the space. Your wall space dimensions will be confirmed upon acceptance into the festival.†
  • This is a scholarly-curated exhibition, stacking or salon style hanging will only be considered if it is part of the formal quality of the work.
  • Artists should apply with a series of works for re-installations upon sale of works.
  • You are responsible for delivery of art work between Monday and Tuesday, September 23 and 24, 2019.
  • You are responsible for packing and pick up of any unsold works on Sunday, October 20 between 6-10pm.
  • Artwork storage prior and following the festival can be provided for an additional fee. Please contact us for pricing and scheduling details.
  • Please note that the Curatorial Committee requests no more than 6 artists be presented in the collective/alternative space.
  • Please note there is an addition $100 collaborative marketing fee for all exhibiting artists.
  • We apply a 20% commission on all sales.
  • Floorplan

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    Terms and Conditions

    Conditions of Participation