Exhibition Proposal Series

Through our Exhibition Proposal Series (formally Curatorial Proposal Series) artists and curators of all experience levels have the opportunity to collaborate with Gallery 263 staff to organize and present polished, self-curated exhibitions in our 700 sq/ft storefront gallery. This series is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, amounting to three shows annually, and is the only way to be considered for a proposed group or solo exhibition.

We are not accepting proposals at this time. We will reopen submissions for our Spring 2019 exhibition very soon!

How to Apply

Applicants create two PDF documents for consideration, and apply via our online application form. Please read all of the available information, and prepare your documents as requested. All application materials, including the form, two documents, and $40 application fee.

Qualifications, Restrictions & Suggestions

  • Only New England artists are eligible for consideration for solo proposals. For group proposals, at least 50% of participating artists must be from within New England.
  • At least 50% of work submitted for review must be from the last two years.
  • Group and solo exhibitions of all media are welcome to apply. Group proposals (of two artists or more) are encouraged.
  • Proposals must be submitted by a representative artist/curator.  This can be the artist proposing a solo exhibition for him/herself, a representative proposing an exhibition as part of a group OR an independent curator(s) proposing an exhibition on behalf of an artist or group. The representative must be a New England resident.
  • Entries may either be existing or proposed work. All proposed installations must require less than 25% of floor surface area.  Any A/V equipment required for the exhibit will need to be provided by the artist(s). Exhibitions must be installed in under 3 days.
  • Proposals should be made in consideration of Gallery 263’s space. Visiting us before applying is strongly encouraged.

Selection Criteria

EPS submissions are reviewed by a panel of up to eight, including Gallery 263 staff, board, and one guest panelist who has participated in a recent EPS exhibition.

Gallery 263 seeks Exhibition Proposal exhibitions which:

  • present a strong and clear proposal, and for group proposals, a tangible connection between the included artists’ work
  • promise high quality, contemporary, fresh and original artwork
  • fit for Gallery 263’s space, and which negotiate well with our diverse event programming
  • enrich the local community

Many additional factors may influence the panel’s decisions for selecting Exhibition Proposal Series exhibitions. The EPS program intends to provide career development and experience for visual artists, and to share high quality and thought-provoking exhibitions with our local community. Read more about our mission here.