Caldwell Arts Council

Submission Guidelines for Exhibit Consideration


The Caldwell Arts Council accepts portfolio submissions anytime (deadline is January 31st annually) to consider for exhibition the following year (i.e., we will accept portfolio submissions through January 31, 2020 to consider for the 2021 exhibit year) - HOWEVER - our Satie's Gift Shop area is closing at the end of May 2019 to make room for additional 3-D exhibit space (along with some additional 2-D space)! We plan for works displayed in this space to rotate monthly or change out every 2-3 months.  The application process below is the same.


Our gallery exhibits typically feature artwork by two or more artists. The Caldwell Arts Council has 4 gallery spaces (3 gallery spaces on the main floor which can hold up to 15 paintings each, depending on size, and 1 long room & short hall on the second floor which can hold up to 22 paintings, depending on size).  Art exhibits typically are one-month long, opening on first Fridays.   


Your portfolio submission may be presented 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.  (All the above could be submitted as a single pdf as well.)


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 artists. You will be notified in middle/late March of the jury’s decision regarding exhibition of your artwork.



Last updated 1/2/19.