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Open Call: Small-Group Outdoor Shows Spring 2021
Proposal submissions due February 15th, 2021, 5pm


Following the successful reception of our outdoor Fall exhibition by the local community, Openings Artist Collective would like to offer a second outdoor exhibition this Spring! We are now accepting proposals for site-specific works to be hung on the 60th Street side fence of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in NYC. This small group show will feature several artists both invited and selected from the open call. There is no specific theme.

Artists must keep in mind that these works will be left exposed and vulnerable to the elements and the city, and must sign a release of liability. Since the works will be installed on the fence, proposed works must be able to withstand rain and the strong winds that run through this street. Works must not protrude into the sidewalk area more than 3 inches. One material we’ve had success with in our previous outdoor exhibit was Tyvek wrapping which can be easily worked with and is very durable. See images of the exhibition and fence dimensions below.
Though the work will be shown on the church’s property, work is not curated according to secular vs non-secular subject matter. However, artists must take into consideration with regard to the subject matter of their work that the Church is an active worship place. To ensure that the show is respectful of the space, the curators have the right to refuse work that is deemed inappropriate. Any changes made to the initial proposed piece must be approved in advance by the curators.

Install: Saturday, May 1st
Reception: TBD
Deinstall: Saturday, July 10th

Artists must be present to install/deinstall their own work, or have a designated person be present in their place to do so.

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Submission Materials:

  1. Detailed visual proposal, which includes clear and descriptive text/drawings/sketches/schematics of a proposed artwork for the exhibition.

  2. Proposal statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format) describing the proposed artwork and how it addresses the theme. No .pdf please.

  3. Contact Information: name, address, email, telephone, website URL (only in .doc or .docx format).

  4. 10 separate jpeg images of recent work (no greater than 800 pixels or 11 inches at 72 dpi). Each file must be labeled with title, medium, dimensions and artist’s name.

  5. Current CV (only in .doc or .docx format).

  6. Artist Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format).


Please send submissions and/or questions to

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