Art of the Call

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California   posted by Chris on Jan 07, 2013

Here's another Art of the Call video podcast where we ask directors, artists and curators to talk about the call for entry process.

In this episode, Michael Corlew discusses the following:

Planning a call

Need an outline that shows dates, how long for the jury, how long to receive entries

Take lead time into consideration. For example if you want a show to be on the walls in April don't start in February because that won't work!

Getting entries from all over the country, even the world you need time to handle that, the number of entries you'll get will be greater than for just a local drop off show


Put it together so it's understandable to the lay person, the non techies.

Real plain english: the fee is so many $ for so many entries. Use written word and numeric layout


We need sponsorship - we're a non profit with zero paid staff

We're planning how to get sponsorships - economy has been tight lately

It's the connections and you have to have a plan

Entry fees

We don't look at a high number of dollars coming from the shows since many shows are free for the artists

We have a $200/y fee for members to show in the gallery

Members and non members can apply - just has to be juried in

We like to have images for sale so we can make profit that way

Emerging vs professional artists

We have a youth program having a print review night

We have specialized photographers, old school, alternative process photographers

The call

You need someone to answer the questions

Have it clear that people can edit their entries after they submit - and it always happens in the last 3 days.

Information must show contact person, email and phone number.

The call deadline

At the end of a weekend so they have all day Saturday and Sunday to work on it

Weeknights when people are working they may not be able to finish it

Be flexible


Has to be knowledgeable, respected in the field with credentials - not necessarily local, but they have to be known

Our cell phone show had a juror from New York - works great online

The need time to look at images

Hanging the show

We have a spreadsheet that goes to the hanging crew

Curator decides where things are hung.

We come in on a Sunday, take the last show down, patch the walls, package the show

When gallery opens on Tuesday, the new show is up.

The curator will work with the installation crew

We have a diagram of the facility

What's success?

When the public tells you it's successful

Membership has doubled so what we're doing has been successful

Hard to sell photography, it's a matter of getting the right people

There's more!

Lori Zimmer, writer, curator and art consultant in Brooklyn, New York

Jenn Dierdorf, Soho20 Gallery in New York, New York

Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in Danbury Connecticut

Abbie Kundishora, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven Connecticut

Is there democracy in art? We asked 30 artists, directors and curators across the country.

Kim Holleman, Artist in Brooklyn, New York

John Aasp, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport Texas

Seth Boonchai, New Orleans Photo Alliance in New Orleans, Louisiana

Matthew Weldon Showman, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jason Andreasen, Baton Rouge Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Judi Betts, Artist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Doreen Ravenscroft, Waco Cultural Arts Fest in Waco Texas

Eleanor Owen Kerr, Photographer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Werner, Arizona Artists Guild in Phoenix, Arizona

China Adams, Artist in Los Angeles, California

Jeff Alu and Stephen Anderson, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in Santa Ana, California

Steve Lopez, ArtZone 461 in San Francisco, California

Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California

Ted Gall, Sculptor in Ojai, California

Daniel Stauber, The Crucible in Oakland, California

Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani, Women's Caucus for Art

Randall Hodges, Nature Photographer in Lake Stevens Washington

Arts of the Terrace in Mountlake Terrace Washington with Judy Ryan

Marrilee Moore, Glass Artist in Everett Washington

Schack Art Center in Everett Washington with Maren Oates

Recology Artist in Residence Program in San Francisco California with Deborah Munk

Eastside Association of Fine Arts in Bellevue Washington with Charlette Haugen

Springbox Gallery in Portland Oregon with Erin Leonard

Edmonds Arts Festival in Edmonds Washington with Patti Sullivan, Dawn McLellan and JB Halverson

Newspace Center for Photography in Portland Oregon - Chris Bennett

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art with Director Rex Bruce

Nan Curtis, Artist in Portland Oregon

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Sally Hedman

Sandra Banister, Photographer in Portland Oregon

Mat Gleason Curator, Art Critic and owner of Coagula Curatorial art gallery in Los Angeles

Roseville Arts Blue Line Gallery with Kathleen Mazei

Onyx Fine Arts Collective, Seattle Washington

Doña Ana Arts Council: Renaissance Artsfaire and Las Cruces Arts Fair

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine

Ground Arts and Rogue Space | Chelsea

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

NextByDesign: Occupy: What's Next? call for posters


Art of the Call.

Chris Ritke asks the people behind art calls for entry and shows to talk about the whys, whats and hows.

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