Arts Council Exhibition Guidelines

Caldwell Arts Council
Submission Guidelines for Exhibit Consideration

The Caldwell Arts Council accepts artist portfolio submissions throughout the year but are reviewed on an annual basis only. Proposals must be submitted by Januart 31 for consideration of the following year. An example is that the committee decides 2021 exhibition schedule early in 2020. With the exception of the 8 week exhibition that hangs August through September, shows typically open on first Fridays and close on on the last Saturdays of each month.

Our exhibits usually feature artwork by two or more artists whose works hang in four gallery spaces on two floors. Depending on size, the three downstairs spaces hold up to 15 paintings each, while the second floor spaces can hold up to 22 paintings.

See our gallery floorplans here.

Your portfolio submission may be p
resented as follows: 7-10 good quality jpg images—at least 1,000 pixels on the shortest side—of completed works, sent by email or on CD, or refer us to a particular selection of art on your website that you want us to consider.  (Make sure the images on your website are good quality images that we can click to enlarge and look at closely). 

· Include with these images a printed list including each artwork’s name, size, medium and year completed, (or this information can be included as part of the name of the jpg image). 

· Briefly state your exhibition idea/theme; what is unique about your work? How many art objects can you provide?  Do you want to exhibit with another specific artist? (Have them submit their portfolio as well.) 

· Include your name, address, phone, email and website, your current artist statement and biography showing your exhibition experience, group or one-person shows and training, if any.   

Your portfolio submission should be a professional quality submission including answers to all questions above in order to be considered.

Our mailing address is:  Exhibit Selection Committee, Caldwell Arts Council, PO Box 1613 (shipping/delivery address is 601 College Avenue SW), Lenoir NC 28645. Our email address is

The individuals on our Exhibit Selection Committee are chosen based on their geographic and art form diversity, and include a combination of art museum curators, college level art instructors, and professional artists. You will be notified in middle/late March of the jury’s decision regarding exhibition of your artwork for the following year.