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Exhibition Proposals

Open Call for Exhibitions

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus invites working artists in the DC metro area to submit proposals for exhibitions in the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Proposal Deadline: For the 2017 calendar year, proposals must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 5, 2016.

Final Notifications and formal announcement for the calendar year 2017 will be made by Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

We will be accepting proposals using the following online form:

Submit Proposal and Application

Submission Details and Requirements

Eligibility: Artists must reside in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Works can be in both two- and three-dimensional formats. Exhibitions may be group or solo.

Entry Procedure: Submit a proposal using the above link to be considered for a solo or group exhibition. Your artist’s packet should include the following:

  • 10 images representative of the work to be included in the exhibition. Work submitted must have been completed within the past three (3) years. Images must be submitted in digital format. Images should be in jpeg format, 72dpi and not larger than 500kb. Files must be labeled with the artist’s name and corresponding image list number (e.g. JDoe001.jpg).
  • A corresponding image list, including title (for group exhibitions, include the artist’s name with each work), date, dimensions, and medium.
  • A brief (1 page) description of work and exhibition theme to be considered.
  • For Individual Artists: Attach your artist’s statement for the proposed exhibition.
  • For Group Exhibitions: Identify your curator; describe his/her curatorial experience, and provide a brief description of the proposed exhibition. If applicable, identify the artists invited to participate.
  • Provide an Artist Resume.


  • Selected artists/organizations are responsible for all details of the exhibit, including shipping/delivery/pick-up and preparation of works, as well as any unusual installation requirements and opening reception.
  • Northern Virginia Community College will insure works while on the premises. Artists must indicate insurance values for all works exhibited.
  • The Fisher Art Gallery reserves the right to review any works to be exhibited.
  • An Artist’s Agreement with guidelines for the development of a successful exhibit at the Fisher Art Gallery will be provided to selected exhibitors. Work may be offered for sale at the discretion of the artist.
  • All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.