Call for Art: A Play Mobil Person Looks at a Blank Canvas on an Easel.

I’ve started a gallery. A very small gallery, it’s 12” x 12” x 12”, a literal white cube. And you’re invited to send art for the shows!

This is a real physical space that will mostly exist in photos, though I also plan to offer to lend it out to art galleries. And, there’s a show of outdoor art in the Chicago suburbs; I hope to build an outdoor version of the gallery as well and apply to the outdoor show with that.  (Update: end of July 2021, we should know about this soon!)

How to  Participate

If you’d like to participate, here’s how.  This is the general call for art.  There are also specific calls for art, those will be added at the end of this page as they go live.  There is a call for matchbox art.  Make art in a matchbox, that’s it!  Theme is “Good things come in small packages.”  You can use just the inside of the box, or the inside and the outside, however you like.  Remember we now have 4 box galleries, one crate gallery and two dollhouses, so we can run multiple shows at the same time, even though we have this call for matchbox art, you can also still send in mini-murals and regular art and contemporary craft work.  Max size for the interior of the gallery is 4″ x 4″.  All details are below, where to mail and the link to the google form, thanks!

• Buy a tiny canvas, canvas board or wood panel and make some art on it! Securely affix your name and address to the back of the art.  (It’s also completely acceptable to draw on paper or print a photograph and affix that securely to a substrate of some kind, such as canvas, canvas board or wood panel.)

• Can be photography, collage, painting, drawING, but needs to be mounted on canvas, canvas board or wood panel and relatively lightweight.)  Heavier works will be displayed on easels.  No hangers are needed as most works can be hung using 3M Command Strips.  Fiber art, ceramic and craft are also accepted.

• Sculpture is also accepted, needs to be to scale, which is roughly 1:12 dollhouse miniature scale. Play Mobil doll in photo, for size reference.

• Maximum size for the gallery is 4″ x 4″. Slightly smaller is better, say 3″ x 3″ or 3.5″ x 3″, as a maximum size.

• Mail to me at: Elaine Luther, PO Box 5292, River Forest, IL. 60305.

Fill out the google form to give me a brief artist statement, title, your website and IG links and the address to return the art.

The smaller canvas in the photo above is 2” square and the larger one is 3 1/2” x 3”. You don’t have to use those exact sizes, but that’s a guideline for the scale.


What’s the deadline?

Shows are up for at least a week, so for the general call for art, there is no deadline.  It’s a rolling admissions thing.  (Except for specific calls for specific shows, such as Wallet Size, see below.)

Is there insurance?

No, sorry.

What if someone wants to buy the painting/my artwork?

I’ll direct them to pay you directly and if they are local to me, mail or deliver the artwork to them, once you tell me they’ve paid.  If the customer is not local to me, I’ll work with you to ship the work directly to the customer, instead of back to you.

When will I get my painting/artwork back?

I’m not totally sure, it depends on how well this whole thing takes off! If accepted into Terrain, the outdoor art event in the Chicago area, the shows could go into early fall 2021.

How will I get my painting/artwork back?

Include a pre-paid shipping label or envelope or similar with your artwork.

Can international artists participate?

Yes, and please advise me on how to best return your artwork with regard to customs, etc. in your country. Include a pre-paid shipping label or similar with your artwork.

(I don’t expect to make any money from this, and I also don’t want to go broke from paying shipping costs.)
: )

How are the shows handled?

Each show is photographed in an “unpacking” and “installation day” shot; a completed show shot, plus video, and a “deinstallation day” photo.  In addition, each artist’s work is photographed as it arrives in the mail.  Each work of art gets its own post on the gallery Instagram, with links to the artists website and Instagram, plus the text that the artist has shared.  Each group photo of the show as installed lists each artist by name and tags them on Instagram.  Each show has a miniature wine and cheese reception, with EANABs, or Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverages, also available.

Why are you doing this?

For fun and to meet people and share their tiny art!

Art Should be Safe for Work and Family Friendly

Artworks should be safe for work/family friendly. The gallerist reserves the right to not exhibit submitted work.  Absolutely no hate speech.

Is there an age limit?

In general, we are a gallery for professional, adult artists.  We do have one parent and child art show planned.  And we do hate age discrimination.  So we’re going to say that our minimum age is 16.  Ages 16 and up may participate in this call and our photography call.

What else haven’t I thought of? This is my first semi-public call for art for my first miniature gallery, suggestions welcome!

(Cool wood cut out thing in the background of the photo is by Fusion Woodworks)

Link to the Google Form:

Update: The gallery has a name! It’s the Angelica Kauffman Gallery. And it has its own Instagram:

Where to See Prior Shows of the Angelica Kauffman Gallery

All prior shows of the gallery are archived here.

Special Calls for Art:  Wallet Size, A Photography Show

Two Wallets on a table and the text says: Call for Art: Wallet Size

Our first special call for art is Wallet Size, a Photography Show.  Deadline is: June 9, 2021.  (art received by date)

My concept for this show was originally Contact Prints, the size of a 35 mm negative when printed directly on photographic paper.  But that’s a little bit small, at 1″ x 1.5″ and how would most of us even go about getting that printed?  So I’ve changed it to wallet size, which is about 2.5″ x 3.5″.  That should be a manageable size for people to get printed easily.  (Photos do not have to be exactly that size.  They can be smaller, feel free to trim as needed or print a different size if you wish.  The maximum size for the gallery is about 3.5″ x 3″.)

Have your photo printed on photographic paper and mount it on stretched canvas, canvas board or wood panel.  Why does it have to be mounted?  To make it possible to hang the work, and take it down, without damaging the photo.  Also, it’s important for the look of the gallery that works are mounted as they would be in a full sized gallery.  No white canvas or canvas board edges should show, please paint or otherwise color your white canvas or canvas board before mounting the photo.  Spray glue or Scotch Permanent Glue Stick or their Photo Glue Stick should work.

• Mail to me at: Elaine Luther, PO Box 5292, River Forest, IL. 60305.

Fill out the google form to give me a brief artist statement, title, your website and IG links and the address to return the art.

All terms and conditions covered in the FAQ and other text on this page applies to the Wallet Size call for art.  No fees, no commissions.  Artist pays shipping to and from the gallery.

Not sure where to find miniature canvases, canvas boards or wood panels?  I wrote a blog post on that, it’s a non-affiliate link post, just to be helpful.

Where to Find Mini Canvases, Canvas Boards and Panels to Miniature Art Works

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