Applications to exhibit at Welcome Gallery during the 2022-23 Welcome Gallery Exhibition Season are open now and due by July 6, 2022 at 11:59PM.
Welcome Gallery is a downtown art space that hosts monthly exhibits by local artists and curators. Located in Charlottesville, VA, Welcome Gallery sees about 4,750 visitors each year. For information about past exhibits, visit the Welcome Gallery page on our website.
Exhibiting artists and curators must be local to the Charlottesville area, or have been a former Charlottesville resident within the last 3-5 years (with the ability to attend both the First Friday event and host a community event during their exhibiting month).
Each artist must commit to not hosting a similar exhibit in Charlottesville 3 months prior to an opening at Welcome Gallery.
Preference will be given to artists exhibiting new work.
Artists who have had month-long exhibits with New City Arts in the past 3 years are ineligible to apply.
Welcome Gallery is a family-friendly space and therefore does not exhibit explicit content (i.e., offensive language, obscene nudity, and graphic violence).
Artists exhibiting multimedia installations involving projection and/or sound may be required to provide equipment necessary for installation.
Artists receive 75% of all sales, and New City Arts receives a 25% commission on all work sold.
New City Arts provides professional installation assistance and exhibition photography for personal use as well as collaborative support from staff.
Applications for the 2022-23 Welcome Gallery Exhibition Season are due July 6, 2022 at 11:59PM.
Applicants are asked to fill out an online submission form via Google Forms where they will submit a CV as well as 3 artwork samples:
Visual artists: Send 2-3 JPEG images (no larger than 2 MB each) of proposed work. Be sure to label your file according to the following format: FirstNameLastName_Title (ex: ToriCherry_Masterpiece).
Filmmakers, performers, etc.: Send 2-3 artwork samples in either JPEG form (if it is a still image) or 2-3 URL links to Vimeo or Youtube footage. If the artwork sample is in video format, and the footage exceeds 3 minutes, please note an up to 3-minute segment of the video for your application (i.e., Minute 1:45-4:45).
Group Applications: Artists may apply in groups of up to three. One group member should apply on the group’s behalf and include the names and work samples of each member represented in the application.
Interested in checking out the space or chatting in person? Stop by Welcome Gallery any weekday between noon and 4PM to see the gallery and studio space and to chat with staff. You can view Welcome Gallery floor plans here.
Join us on June 14, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 PM at Welcome Gallery for an Application Assistance Workshop. This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in applying for the Research Residency or for a Welcome Gallery exhibition. A pizza dinner will be provided.
Registration is required. RSVP here!
The 2022-2023 selection committee includes Hannah Cattarin, Marisa Williamson, and Sarah Boyts Yoder. This committee will review exhibition proposals and make selections for the upcoming Welcome Gallery season.
Hannah Cattarin (they/she) is the Assistant Curator at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex in Colchester, England. Their curatorial interests include increasing the visibility of work made by, for, and about historically excluded and underrepresented artists and their communities. Their work focuses on contemporary photography and related media, and queer and feminist art history. Before joining the curatorial department at The Fralin they served as the curatorial assistant at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries and previously, they held positions as Collections Manager and Assistant to the Estate at the Tony Conrad Archives in Buffalo, NY and Documentation Assistant at Essex Collection of Art from Latin America in Colchester, England.
Marisa Williamson (she/her) is a project-based artist who works in video, image-making, installation and performance around themes of history, race, feminism, and technology. She has produced site-specific works at Monticello, Storm King, the Metropolitan Museum, for Monument Lab, the National Park Service, the University of Washington, and Haverford College. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Rome, and Berlin. Williamson has been awarded grants from the the National Endowment for the Arts and The Graham Foundation. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. Williamson holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from CalArts. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at the University of Virginia.
Sarah Boyts Yoder (she/her) is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Sarah has been the recipient of a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and 100W Corsicana in Corsicana, TX. Her most recent solo exhibition, Emblem, was on view at Page Bond Gallery in November of 2021. Boyts Yoder’s work was included in this years’ juried exhibition, Made in VA, at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Her paintings can be found in numerous publications, exhibitions, and corporate and private collections throughout the United States.