GUIDELINES FOR EXHIBITING ARTISTS
1. The Marion Art Center, established in 1957, serves the Southeastern New England area by promoting the visual and performing arts.
2. The Exhibition Committee meets regularly to review artists’ work and to schedule shows throughout the year.
3. There are two galleries at the Marion Art Center:a. The Cecil Clark Davis Gallery consists of 420 square feet of wall space, and 200 square feet of floor space.b. The Patsy Francis Gallery has 300 square feet of wall space, with 260 square feet of floor space.
4. Monthly exhibitions are scheduled year-round, at least six months in advance, in a variety of media and styles
5. The Center hosts opening receptions for each show and designs and distributes invitations to members of the Center and invited guests of the artists.
6. The Center receives a 35% commission on the sales.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ARTISTS AFTER CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE:
1. Assemble a body of work which has been executed within the last 3 years and must not have been shown at the Marion Art Center prior the scheduled exhibition. At least 75% of the pieces in the exhibition must be for sale, and the work must reflect the style and type that was accepted by the Exhibition Committee.
2. Ensure that all work is framed, matted (in white or neutrals) and ready to hang (i.e., secured with picture wire (which has been wrapped with tape) affixed to eye hooks that have been secured to the frame). No glass clips or saw tooth hangers. Note that MAC has some sculpture stands available for use for artwork that cannot be hung on the walls.
3. Optional: Submit no more than three pieces of unframed, matted, shrink-wrapped art pieces for sale in bins. Artist’s name, the piece’s title, and the price must be included on all bin work.
4. Supply the following to the Marion Art Center 6-8 weeks prior to opening:
a. 2-3 jpeg images of work to be exhibited, or in the likeness of work to be exhibited, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and by sending these images, artist allows MAC to use them solely for the promotion of the scheduled exhibition on MAC’s marketing vehicles (postcards, Facebook, website, etc.).
b. A current resume or bio and an artist statement which may be used for marketing purposes for the scheduled exhibition including but not limited to press releases, email blasts signage in the galleries.c. Optional: Submit up to 50 names in an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (First Name, Last Name, Street Address or PO Box, Town, State, and Zip) OR on removable labels to which MAC will mail postcards via bulk U.S. mail announcing the scheduled exhibition.
5. Drop off artwork at date and time as confirmed by the Executive Director – usually the Tuesday prior to the opening of a show.
6. Attend the opening reception – usually a Friday from 6-8pm.7. Pick up artwork after the close of the show as confirmed by the Executive Director – usually the Tuesday following the closing of your show. Note that closing usually happen on a Saturday.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MARION ART CENTER
1. Provide insurance coverage of artwork during its stay from drop off through pick up; insurance coverage during transportation to and from MAC is the responsibility of the artist.
2. Send invitational postcards announcing the show opening to MAC’s membership and to the artist-provided names received by MAC no later than 6 weeks prior to show opening date.
3. Host an opening reception for the artists, their guests and the MAC membership. The Hospitality Committee provides light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Openings are usually held on Friday s from 6 to 8pm.
4. Announce in press releases, the Gallery Page on MAC’s website at: www.marionartcenter.org/gallery/, invitational postcards, email blasts, and MAC’s Facebook page.
5. Install artwork.(The Exhibition Committee is responsible for installing each show.)
6. Issue payment on any art sold – MAC charges 35% commission, and artists receive payment at the end of the exhibition when work is picked up.
7. Ensure gallery is attended/staffed at all times during Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Gallery hours are subject to change but will be no less than 20 hours per week (except when the gallery is closed for national holidays).