Exhibition Submissions Guidelines + Application 

Artist + Exhibition Submissions Guidelines + Application

The Brenau University Galleries encourages submissions from individuals or institutions wishing to propose an exhibition in one of its campus galleries. The Curatorial Department reviews proposals on a quarterly basis, and although we make every effort to respond in a timely manner, it may take some time before you receive a response.

Advice on Crafting a Strong, Compelling Solo Exhibition Proposal

After a few years of accepting open call applications for exhibitions, we’ve decided to put together a list of tips for artists to keep in mind when crafting a proposal. While some of these are specific to BRENAU, many of them are universal. Good luck!

  • Use simple language, avoiding art jargon and buzzwords.

  • Open with a strong, clear sentence that succinctly communicates your idea.

  • Write directly, and avoid using the conditional or future tenses. “The exhibition addresses ______,” is a stronger phrase than, “The exhibition would address/ will address/ seeks to address______.”

  • Be specific when writing about your work. Rather than describing your practice generally, write about a specific project or artwork that you want to use, and make a clear, compelling case for its inclusion.

  • Clearly describe the exhibition plan: how will viewers experience the work? Consider the scale and layout of the gallery space. We strongly recommend visiting the space or reviewing documentation videos before submitting your application.

  • Ask questions! If your proposal hinges on something related to the space: hanging from the ceiling or building a false floor, send us a short email asking if it’s possible, and we’re happy to let you know. Proposals are often rejected because they aren’t realistic for our space.

  • Be sure to submit high-quality images of your work. Images should be bright, clear, and photographed on a neutral background. The stronger your images, the stronger the proposal

  • Ask for feedback from an art professional who exhibits solo exhibitions of high caliber work..

  • Read and follow all guidelines and  instructions carefully.