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Propose an exhibition

Propose an exhibition

Looking for a space to show your artwork or organize an exhibition? The School of Art galleries accept exhibition proposals in Harry Wood Gallery and Step Gallery. All ASU School of Art students, faculty, alumni, and ASU affiliated groups/individuals are eligible to apply. Exhibitions are scheduled throughout the semester and the galleries maintain scheduled operating hours.

Proposals will not go forward to the committee selection process until they are complete. Successful proposals must address the following areas in a professional manner:

  • A clearly articulated proposal narrative.
  • Quality of work samples/visual references.
  • Suitability for venue.

The upcoming deadline to propose an exhibition for Fall 2022 has been extended to Monday April 25, 2022.

How to submit

The following items must be submitted via the Slideroom link located at the bottom of this page:

  • Exhibition title.
  • Space preference (note: the galleries only accept proposals for Harry Wood Gallery and Step Gallery).
  • Letter of support from a faculty member (only required for current students). 
  • 300-500 word proposal narrative (see instructions below).
  • Visual support of 5-10 images (individual JPEGs under 10MB each) and accompanying image information (artist, title, year, medium, size/duration).
  • 1-page CV for each proposed exhibitor and/or organizer.
  • Proposed gallery layouts are optional, but highly recommended.

The proposal narrative is a 300-500 word written narrative detailing the proposed theme and contents of the exhibition. Consider the following when writing your proposal narrative:

  • The title of the exhibition and how it relates to the work.
  • Name and relevance of exhibitors.
  • Conceptually why it is important that the works are curated together for this exhibition. If you are proposing a solo exhibition, include an artist statement.
  • How the exhibition fits with the mission of the School of Art galleries and the ASU community.
  • The artistic, social, and/or cultural implications of the exhibition.
  • Types of media represented and why they were chosen.
  • How the space will be utilized and how the work will be professionally presented.
  • Technical requirements for exhibition (e.g. internet connection, digital projection and displays, etc.).
  • Describe any other events in conjunction with the exhibition (e.g. silent auction, gallery talk, lecture, etc.).
  • If the artists in the exhibition have not already been selected, detail the call for work and how you will assure that the exhibition will be successful.

Review process

All proposals are reviewed by the Gallery Advisory Committee. If the galleries cannot accommodate all approved proposals during the semester requested, the proposals are considered for the following semester. Note that while exhibitors may request a specific space, successful proposals are generally placed in the most suitable and available space. 

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision at the end of the semester.

Exhibitor responsibilities

Each exhibitor is expected to plan and install their exhibition, provide simple refreshments for the opening reception, and oversee the de-install and restoration of the gallery to its original condition, as well as work with the Galleries Director to meet promotional deadlines for the School of Art.

Once the committee accepts a proposal, no changes may be made to the content, theme, or title of the exhibition without the permission of the committee. Each exhibitor is expected to understand and follow gallery policies and procedures, which are provided at a later date.

Application link

Use the link below to submit your proposal via Slideroom. Note: the application has a $10 processing fee.

Submit exhibition proposal