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Propose an Exhibition

How do I apply for an exhibition?

Exhibition applications for the Bears Den Gallery, the Corner Gallery, and the Brass Rail Exhibition spaces can be found online (Art Gallery Application), as well as in the Operations Office, McFarland Student Union, room 274. You can also apply by emailing the MSU Galleries.

Exhibition applications along with slides/digital images of the work to be exhibited and an artist's statement (which describes the artistic perspective and the artwork that will be exhibited) must be submitted to the Operations Office, McFarland Student Union Room 274 or emailed to the MSU Galleries.

How many images should I submit with my Exhibition Proposal Form?

At least three slides/digital images are required; however, it is preferable to submit images of ALL artwork you plan on displaying. The Art Gallery Managers reserve the right to reject artwork that has not been presented in slides (i.e. if the artwork is not in "ready to hang" condition). 

How is the Bears Den Gallery set up?

The gallery consists of three connected walls with a built in lighting system as well as one other wall and one free standing wall. Two-dimensional artwork will be hung using the existing hanging system. Nothing can be hung by screws in the walls. The gallery is tucked into the back of the Bears Den so it features a floor space that is ideal for three dimensional work.

How is the Brass Rail Exhibition space set up?

The Brass Rail is one long wall space with room for 6-8 flat hanging pieces, but also has space for 3D pieces in front of the wall. All hung pieces must be installed using the existing hanging system. We will not accept artwork requiring screws or nails to hang. 

How is the Corner Gallery Exhibition space set up?

The Corner Gallery is set in the alcove above the book store. The space has room for 2-5 hanging pieces depending on their size. All hung pieces must be installed using the existing hanging system. We will not accept artwork requiring screws or nails to hang. 

How do the Art Gallery Coordinators choose exhibitions?

The Art Gallery Managers will choose exhibitions per semester per gallery space. Proposals that exhibit a strong sense of cohesiveness are preferred. There are little restrictions in terms of content in the galleries. However, due to the high volume of traffic by the Brass Rail, work with potentially offensive material are not encouraged. It is the goal of the Student Union Art Gallery and the Brass Rail to promote artistic expression in all media and in all levels of skill. The Kutztown University community is diverse and this diversity should be expressed freely in the art galleries' exhibitions.

How long will the exhibitions last?

Generally, exhibitions will be either on a one or  two-week rotation period: installations will be on Friday afternoons, receptions will be the week following installation, and take-downs are scheduled based on the gallery rotation.

How do I promote my exhibition?

Fliers, invitations, and postcards are good ways to promote exhibitions around campus. The Gallery Coordinator will advertise for the artist in various ways including: Daily Brief, Carousel TV, Central Calendar, the Keystone, Bear Essentials, the McFarland Student Union Website, and the McFarland Student Union Facebook.

What will be provided to install the exhibitions?

The Student Union Art Gallery is equipped with a hanging system for two-dimensional work and display stands (if available) will be provided for three-dimensional work. All artwork that is to be exhibited should be in "ready to hang" condition (i.e. framed or mounted). Installation of the exhibition will occur on the Friday before the opening reception with the assistance of the Art Gallery Coordinator.

What is included with the opening reception for the exhibition?

The exhibition reception includes catered snacks for guests, sponsored by the David E. McFarland Student Union.

Can the Student Union Art Gallery store my artwork after the exhibition has closed?

The exhibitor must break down the art show at the scheduled date and time, as storage of art overnight or for extended periods is not permitted.