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CALL FOR ARTISTS:

 

HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery is seeking submissions of artist portfolios for gallery shows booking into 2024.

A variety of media will be considered, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and fiber arts.

Among other things, artists are asked to upload three works representative of the kind of pieces they are looking to display and additional links to where their work can be viewed online.

The gallery is seeking artists to be part of small group or solo shows for several spots available from late Winter 2023 through the Spring of 2024..

HeARTspot is an award-winning gallery located in East Providence RI that has been in operation since June of 2017.

What we are looking for:

We are seeking artists looking to expand their reach in the East Bay of Rhode Island in the gallery scene. Ideally, artists who apply have had at least some experience showing in galleries, have a strong social media and web presence, and have a body of work available to show as part of a small group or solo show. Those seeking solo shows should be able to provide evidence in their bio, online, or both that demonstrate an adequate amount of work to do so. We encourage artists working in a variety of media from a variety of backgrounds to apply. In addition to showing work one might expect to see in a typical commercial gallery, HeARTspot has a proud tradition of showcasing both art and artists that may have not otherwise have found a home in other places. We create a warm, inclusive environment for all visitors and clients, and are proud to state that many people have become first time collectors in our space. 

Things you should know before applying:

Are we a good fit for you? Read on to find out. 

 

Our shows typically run for 6 week blocks. If applying for a small group show, the gallerist will be looking for connections between a variety of applying artists to curate a show around a recurring theme. Small group shows could feature 3 to 10 artists depending on the size and nature of the work. If selected as a showing artist, you will work with the gallerist to submit a variety of work for consideration for a given exhibition. 

HeARTspot is also an educational center and frequently serves young students. As a result, we make decisions on artists based on what would be acceptable for younger viewers. Over the top nudity and violence will not be featured in the space. We require all 2D works be wired for hanging, and do not allow sawtooth hangers for the safety of your work. All works on paper must be properly framed. 

We host gallery openings for all shows and purchase food and beverages for these events. We oversee social media for gallery openings and often pay for print and online advertising. We host several classes a week, and our students often become clients who purchase work. We are typically only open for regular hours on Saturdays to the general public, but are also open by appointment for visits all week long. The gallery typically takes 50% for all sold work. HeARTspot does not showcase work that is not for sale. All work hung in the gallery must be available for purchase and priced reasonably in the eyes of the gallery. We currently have 5 open 6-week blocks available for booking as of the date of publishing this form.

Once a show is set, drop off dates will be determined well in advance. Artists will need to have work in during designated times. We also post designated pick up times once a show comes down, and due to limited storage space, the gallery charges a standard $10/week late fee for artists who do not collect work. We always permit a third party to assist with drop off and pick up with artist permission. 

You can see the kind of work we have displayed in the past by visiting our Facebook or Instagram accounts at @heartspotart 

HeARTspot is proud to say it has been the winner of "Best Gallery in Rhode Island" as part of the ProJo Reader's Choice Awards from 2018-2022, and winner of Rhode Island Magazine's Best of Rhode Island "Best Gallery in the East Bay" from 2019-2022. 

If this sounds like a good fit for you, read on. 

HOW TO APPLY:

 

1) Fill out application form below. (For File Uploads: Image files must be JPG files, no more than 2 MB. High quality images are important for the selection process and will be considered for promotion. (Having trouble with a file that’s too big/won’t upload? A quick Google search will teach you how to do it easily.)

 

2) There is a small $15 submission fee for artists seeking a show. See directions in the application below to learn more. 

DEADLINE:

 

This form will remain open through 1 March 2023, or until available spots have been filled. We will do our best to alert artists to their acceptance status within 6 weeks, but it may take longer if multiple submissions are being compared against good matches for small group shows. We appreciate your patience. 

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