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EXHIBIT GUIDELINES

Applying artists are encouraged to use the Visual Philosophy Art Space as an opportunity to experiment with installation, their presentation, or show work they have not shown before. 

 

Due to the Visual Philosophy Art Space NOT being a professional gallery and that the components  involved in the Visual Philosophy Community, including but not limited to the art classes, the Rustic Artisan Storefront, Team Building Events and Studio Artists, the Art Space is a flexible area that may need to be used for other purposes throughout the month. This means that the show space may be altered. Visual Philosophy staff will make every effort to notify the exhibiting artists of changes in the structure before they happen, and will attempt to limit the changes to times that are not available viewing.  

Visual Philosophy Provides

Creative Freedom

Visual Philosophy (VP) is mostly hands off, giving the artist/curator the opportunity to design a complete experience. 

Sales

Visual Philosophy can handle sale of artwork

  • 20% commission

  • Work sold as is 

  • Buyers can take work upon purchase. 

  • Artist paid out after full de-installation

Walls/ Show Space

We have several moveable walls that can be rearranged and designed to fit the artist's vision. Each wall is 8' x 8'.

Paint

VP will provide the paint needed to touch up the walls after the show is de-installed and walls are patched. 

Promotion

VP will promote your event on our website, in our newsletter, and on our Instagram and Facebook pages. In addition to our virtual promotions, we offer street facing advertisement space (i.e. for show posters, etc)

Live Music

VP provides live musicians for 2nd Saturday opening receptions. 

Artist Role

Commitment

The artist(s) must be certain they can show during the month they apply for.

Responsibilities

The artist/curator is responsible for the design, creation, installation, and de-installation, including all aspects of the reception (i.e  refreshments, etc)

Participants must be active participants in promoting the show and can coordinate directly with our marketing team.

specifics

General Parameters

There must be a live element to the opening reception. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Artist talk/speech/presentation​

  • Demonstration

  • Virtual Event

Reception should be

  • Family Friendly

  • Occur at 11 am - 2 pm

  • A VP staff member or volunteer will be present

Closing reception is optional

  • include in your proposal​

  • if approved, coordinate with VP

Open studios

  • Be aware that Visual Philosophy is a working studio space and that our artists may have their studios open during this event.​

Presentation

Work must be installed/hung/presented in standard professional methods (i.e. proper hanging hardware, etc.) VP is not responsible for damage to artwork due to poor hanging hardware or insufficient presentation strategies.

Artist is responsible for installation

  • Schedule installation with VP​

  • Artist will provide their own installation hardware and tools (we  highly recommend screws over nails)

Sales

VP is happy to facilitate sales of work during our open hours. Please indicate, in the contract, if your work is for sale.

If artist(s) would to take advantage of this offer, be aware that:

  • VP takes 20% commission

  • VP's default is that buyers can take art home immediately. If the artist(s) would like work to stay up for the duration of the show, please specify that in the contract.

  • Art is sold as is. VP does not wrap/package work when sold.

  • Artist(s) must provide VP with a price list.

  • No commission is taken if the artist(s) handle their own sales.

Application Requirements

Detailed description of show (200 words)

List of participating artists if applicable

Work samples for participating artists

  • Solo shows: 8 -10 images of work that best represents (applications without minimum number of images will not be considered)

  • Group shows: 3 - 5 images of work by participating artists.

    • If specific pieces are being chosen for the group show, please include at least 1 image of those specific pieces.​

If you would like to provide your own music/musician, please include that in your application.

  • Note: VP books musicians for Second Saturdays 2 - 3 months in advance, so please be mindful of that if your exhibit dates are within 2 - 3 months of your application, a musician may already be booked.

Upon Approval

To reserve the month

  • Sign contract. If the proposal is for a group show, the lead artist/curator must organize the signing and returning of the contract for all participating artists.​

  • Pay $35 deposit

    • Paid only by the lead artist (total of $35)​

    • Deposit is refundable if lead artist successfully de-installs according to previously mentioned parameters

Final Information needed

Must be submitted 1 month prior to show month*

  • *If this deadline is missed, the show may be cancelled​

Finalized description of the show

  • Full blurb for event page/newsletter​

  • 2-3 sentences for social media. Include participant handles for tagging purposes.​​

Description of event planned for 2nd Saturday/opening reception

Images (professional quality images)

  • Required: image of artist(s), show image (image used to represent the show)​

  • Strongly suggested: artist(s) working, 3 - 5 images of work, process videos, etc

  • Linkes to stores/websites/social media

Schedule

Apply

Minimum 2 months prior to desired month

Upon Approval

  • Sign contract and pay $35 deposit asap in order to reserve the month.

  • One month before show month* submit all final information (details above).

    • *If this deadline is missed, the show may be canceled. ​

Installation

  • May begin on the first of the month

  • Must be fully installed no later than 4 days prior to the second Saturday of the month

Opening Reception

Occurs between 3 - 6 pm on the second Saturday of the month

Closing Reception

  • Optional and must be covered by the proposal and approved by VP

  • If approved, coordinate with VP

De-Installation

  • No later than 2 days before the end of the month*

  • Artist is responsible for de-installation including patching and painting the walls. VP will provide the paint.

  • *Important note: The art space is often used for classes which means that artwork and walls may be moved during or throughout the month. If that is a problem, please have your show down by 10 pm on the Monday following the Second Saturday. 

    • If you are not a VP studio artist, you will need to coordinate the de-installation time with VP staff. ​

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