GUIDELINES FOR EXHIBITING ARTISTS
GENERAL INFORMATION: There are two galleries at the Marion Art Center. The Cecil Clark Davis Gallery consists of 420 square feet of wall space, and 200 square feet of floor space, and the Patsy Francis Gallery has 300 square feet of wall space, with 260 square feet of floor space.
Monthly exhibitions are scheduled year round in a variety of media and styles. The Center hosts openings for each show and designs and distributes invitations to members of the Center and invited guests of the artists. The Center receives a 35% commission on the sales.
The Marion Art Center, established in 1957, serves the Southeastern New England area by promoting the visual and performing arts. The Exhibition Committee meets regularly to review artists’ work and to schedule shows throughout the year. Exhibitions are scheduled at least six months in advance.
Responsibilities of the Artist after confirmation:
- Assemble a body of work which has been executed within the last 3 years. At least 75% of the pieces in the exhibition should be for sale. The work must reflect the style and type that was accepted by the Exhibition Committee.
- All work must be framed, matted (in white or neutrals) and ready to hang (i.e., secured with picture wire affixed to hooks that have been secured to the frame). No glass clips. A bin is available for unframed, matted, shrink-wrapped pieces. Artist’s name, the title and the price must be included on all bin work. MAC has some sculpture stands.
- Five weeks prior to opening the artist must send a photo or, preferably, a jpeg image by email for press release and invitation, current resume or bio and a press release (optional).
- Two days prior to opening, all work must be delivered to MAC with a list of titles and prices. Work must be picked up within 1 day after the closing date.
Insurance: All art on display in the MAC building is insured during the dates of the exhibition. Transportation to and from MAC is the responsibility of the artist.
Invitations: MAC will send invitation postcards announcing the opening to our membership. Artists may submit up to 50 names on removable labels to be included in the bulk mailing.
Openings: Usually held on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. MAC Hospitality Committee will provide light hors d’oeuvres and beverage.
Advertising: MAC will feature gallery exhibitions in its quarterly Newsletter to the membership. Press releases are sent to area newspapers and other media. Invitation announcements are sent to the media and other galleries.
Commission: MAC charges 35% commission on sales. Artists receive payment at the end of the exhibition when work is picked up.
Installation: The Exhibition Committee is responsible for installing each show.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The gallery is attended at all times during these hours.
Artists wishing to be considered for exhibition in the Galleries at the Marion Art Center are invited to submit a proposal to the Exhibition Committee by filling out the Application and Request for Jury form below.