How to Submit Work

Artwork is submitted by delivering work to our gallery on Postoffice on the last Monday of the month preceding the show (“changeover”). Read below for specific guidelines for member and juried shows, as well as pricing, framing and photographing your work for placement on our website.

Changeover

Art shows at the gallery change monthly. Art is delivered/picked up on the last Monday of each month (“changeover”) at the Galveston Art League gallery at 2117 Postoffice St. in Galveston from 10 am to 5 pm.

You are permitted to carry over the same pieces from a member show to a juried show or from a juried to a member show. Artists must provide new work for all other changeovers.

The show opens the Friday following changeover. A member’s preview party is typically held from 6-7:30 pm the Friday following changeover. The final day of each show is the Sunday before changeover.

To see the full schedule of changeovers and show dates, visit the exhibit calendar.

Member Shows

Members can enter up to three works each month.

Fee for members who volunteer 3 hours each month:
$15 each for the first two pieces, $5 for a third piece

Fee for members who are unable to volunteer:
$30 each for the first two pieces, $10 for a third piece

All member show entries MUST be available for sale. When a work sells, the member may bring a replacement for the remainder of the show without an additional charge.

Member Art Bin

Members in good standing may have 2 unframed pieces in the art bin for 3 months. Three-month fee will be $15.00. Commission and handling fees are the same as wall entries. Work must be member’s original art or high-quality prints of original art, mounted on sturdy board (preferably matt board or foam core), in a protective sleeve, and with a label (see below) attached on the back in the upper left corner inside the protective sleeve.

Minimum price of item is $25.00. Items sold within the 3 months period may be replaced at no additional cost for the remaining time. Artists will maintain their artist log in the Bin Binder (yellow pages). Failure to keep bin work up to date will result in loss of bin privileges for 6 months.

Download Art Bin Labels

Juried Shows

All artists, including non-members, are invited to submit up to three works to our juried shows. A prospectus is available prior to each show with the entry form, labels and information about the judge. Winning entries receive cash awards and ribbons.

Fee for Members:
$15 per work for first 2 entries, $5 for third entry

Fee for non-members:
$20 per work

The League has distinguished five categories of art, although some months additional categories may be added based on medium and/or technique of entering artists.

1. Work on canvas or panel (oil and acrylic)
2. Work on paper (watercolor or acrylic used like watercolor)
3. Photography
4. 2-dimensional mixed media (collage, fiber, assemblage in 2-D)
5. 3-dimensional (sculpture, art dolls, assemblage, jewelry, 
 pottery, porcelain, glass, wood, metal)
6. Digital art

No giclees in juried show.

Monetary awards are given in each category for first and second places and one award for best of show.

Best of show: $300
First place in each category: $100
Second place in each category: $50

 

Pricing Your Work

When a work of art is sold at the gallery, four things comprise the price of that work:

  1. The amount the artist gets for the work
  2. A 20% consignment fee from the gallery
  3. Sales tax
  4. A handling fee to pay credit card costs, wrapping materials, etc.

There are two things artists need to consider when pricing their works: (1) Artist Payout and (2) the price that will appear on the wall. A chart is available at all changeovers that shows the relationship between these two figures to help exhibitors determine an Artist Payout that also reflects what they want to see as the price on the wall.

For example, according to the chart, if an artist initially wants $125 for the Artist Payout, the price on the wall will be $175. If the artist wants to lower the price on the wall to, say, $150 in order to encourage sales, the Artist Payout will decrease to $107. The wall price is the one that is entered on the entry form for both membership and juried shows. Volunteers are available at changeover to help artists determine Artist Payout and wall prices.

Framing Your Work

All pieces must meet the following criteria:

  • Be framed [except 3-D pieces] or gallery-wrapped.
  • Have edges finished (no bare canvas around sides, for instance).
  • Be hung by framing wire, but:
    • No sawtooth hangers at the top.
    • Wire properly attached (approximately a third from top; not real tight, but taut enough so that wire does not show above the top of the piece).
    • Wire secured to the frame with appropriate and adequately attached fasteners.
  • Less than 150” circumference (150” or over counts as 2 pieces).
  • If over 24” in any direction, the artwork must have Plexiglas rather than glass.
  • Frame in good repair; no corners that do not meet evenly, no holes or cracks unless barn wood or other aged grain.
  • Glass/Plexiglas is clean.
  • Make sure artwork and mat are secured in frame and won’t fall out when hung.
Photographing Your Work

Images of work submitted for member and juried shows are posted on the website. Members are encouraged to submit their own photos of their work. Our gallery photographer will shoot work if you do not submit images.

Tips for Shooting

  • Shoot the image so that it is at least 1000 pixels on the longest side. If using a camera phone or a digital camera, the resulting jpg should be easy to email and suitable for web downsizing or optimization.
  • It is recommended that you turn off your flash when shooting works on canvas as the flash tends to highlight the threads of the canvas more than the image.
  • Fill the frame of the camera as best you can with the image.
  • Check the image in the camera after you take it. Look for reflections, dark spots, hair blown across the lens, etc. If it looks off or blurry, reshoot it. Be sure to take a deep breath and hold still when you shoot the photo.

How to send the image to GAL

  • Images must be sent to Fontaine by midnight the day of changeover.
  • Before sending the image, you will first need to edit the file name so it clearly identifies the work as your own and the name of the piece. To do this you will need to load the images you shot onto your PC or MAC.
  • Your image will be displayed with letters & numbers followed by “.jpg.” You are going to change the wording to: “Firstname lastname title of work.jpg”. Example: “Fontaine Jacobs White Rose.jpg”, “Nancy House My First Husband.jpg”, etc.
  • Email images to Fontaine. If you do not have her email, call her at 832-474-2882.