The Call for Artists is now open. The 2023 round of proposals is for monthly solo shows from October 2023 – September 2024. Submissions are being accepted now through June 30, 2023. Submissions should be submitted using the online form linked below.
A Visual Arts Review Board (composed of Firehouse Board members, professional artists, photographers, and gallery directors from the Greater Newburyport Community) will conduct a blind review of all submitted proposals in May. The Review Board seeks bodies of work that can produce aesthetically coherent one-person shows in our gallery space and more broadly a rich Gallery Program offering a variety of mediums and styles. (Due to the Gallery’s configuration, only 2D artwork can be exhibited.) In early June all participating artists are notified as to whether/not their proposals have been selected and the scheduling of accepted artists begins. The finalized exhibit schedule is announced by the end of June.
An artist proposal consists of: Artist Submission Form; biographical summary or resume/CV; artist statement; 10-20 high-res jpeg images; and Image List. There is NO fee to submit your work.
There are approximately 50 linear feet of 10’ high gallery wall space located on the ground floor of the Firehouse Center for the Arts (see Gallery Specifications). The Firehouse Box Office is located in one end of the Gallery and there is access to the restaurant at the other end. Audiences for Firehouse’s theatrical events pass through the Gallery to the stairs leading up to the second-floor theater lobby. There is public access through the Gallery during Box Office open hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 PM and later on performance days.
Newburyport ArtWalk sponsors events each year when many local galleries, including that of the Firehouse, feature special gallery activities. In addition, Firehouse is host to and a venue for many regional and Newburyport events which bring more visitors through our Gallery, enhancing the opportunities and the exposure of the artists’ work (see Gallery and Exhibit Information for more details).