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Proposal Guidelines for the Arsenal Gallery

Located in the historic Arsenal Building in Central Park, the Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, New York City parks, and park history through a diverse schedule of art and history exhibitions. Committed to providing unaffiliated artists, independent curators, and non-profit organizations with an accessible exhibition venue, the Arsenal Gallery welcomes proposals for solo or group exhibitions.

Currently, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation invites professional artists to submit proposals for Arsenal Gallery exhibitions for the year 2014. Proposals must follow the guidelines set by the Department of Parks & Recreation. Potential exhibitors must demonstrate the financial resources to mount and install an exhibition, print invitations and hold an opening reception.

Submission Guidelines

Work or proposals are not reviewed in person. Instead, please send a proposal by mail, including:

• A brief description of proposed exhibition (conceptual theme or curatorial statement) or artist's statement.
• Up to 15 slides, photos or images on CD of representative work. DO NOT send portfolios, original slides or artwork. E-mail submissions will not be accepted.
Slide list, numbered to correspond to slides or photos, with title, date, materials used, and the dimensions of the work
Resume of artist(s) and/or description of sponsoring organization. Be sure to include all relevant contact information.
Self-addressed, stamped envelope. The Arsenal Gallery cannot return submissions without a SASE.

All media are considered, but please note that the gallery has a very limited capacity for 3-dimensional work. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed by a departmental panel that includes the curator of the Arsenal Gallery and Director of Parks' Art & Antiquities Division, with the Commissioner of Parks & Recreation having final approval. Exhibitions are typically installed for a duration of five to six weeks.

Artwork may only be hung from moldings by use of monofilament and hooks. Exhibitors are responsible for producing and installing the exhibit and for related costs, such as printing of invitations and opening reception. The agency does not provide insurance for artwork shown in the gallery. The agency will provide a press release, mailing list, postage, and general coordination assistance.

The Arsenal Gallery is located on the third floor of the Arsenal building at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Central Park. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Send Proposals to :


Arsenal Gallery Curator
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park, Room 20
New York, NY 10065
(212) 360-8163
artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

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