The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) is accepting proposals from artists and curators for exhibitions in 2020. Below is their press release for the Call to Artists and Curators;

The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island.   Housed in a 5,000 square foot, former boat repair shop; the JAC gallery is an expansive space with soaring ceilings. The space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits. If you are interested in showing your work or curating an exhibition, please submit proposals to JAC Exhibitions Director Karen Conway at We strongly urge you to visit the space first so that you understand its possibilities and limitations. We are also very interested in collaborating with other spaces and organizations, particularly outdoors in Jamestown. Please note the gallery space is also used for monthly film screenings, theatre productions, concerts, JAC talks, and other events. All sculpture and installations must be movable to accommodate other programming. The gallery is currently booked through December of 2019.  The deadline for submissions for 2020 is May 1, 2018.

Proposals should include the following:

  • A description of the exhibition, including its objective and why it should be shown at the Jamestown Arts Center.

  • Possible and best case time frames for the exhibition.  The usual duration of an exhibition is 4-6 weeks.

  • Artist’s or curator’s statement(s), and/or other support material, reviews, résumés, exhibition history etc.

  • A list of artists participating, if applicable.

  • Links to relevant website(s) if available.

  • A selection of high-quality digital images of the artwork to be shown, with titles, dimensions, and dates. Can be emailed or sent on cd.

  • Price range of the artwork, if it is for sale. Note: that the JAC will take a 35% commission if work is sold while at the arts center.

  • List of costs the JAC can expect, beyond reasonable gallery maintenance and opening expenses.

  • Description of educational programming that could be connected to this exhibit- artists’ or curators’ talks, workshops, films, classes, field trips etc.

At a Glance: JAC Exhibition Proposals due May 1, 2018

WHAT: Call to Artists and Curators

WHERE:     Jamestown Arts Center (JAC), 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, RI 02835

WHEN:            Deadline for Exhibition proposals is May 1, 2018

The Jamestown Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, OutLoud events and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a former boat repair shop, the JAC was recently awarded Best Gallery in Newport County by the Best of Rhode Island 2017 readers’ poll. Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, FirstWorks, Community MusicWorks, RISCA, FabNewport, The Jamestown Schools, Mission 2.Ocean, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Worldways Social Marketing, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center has quickly become a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish.

The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences.

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