With a dedication to presenting quality artwork in a variety of media, Crossroads Art Center maintains an exciting schedule of exhibitions and events open to local, regional, and national artists. Exhibiting artists can expect a high standard of professional representation at Crossroads. Crossroads features new exhibitions every other month, along with a juried all-media show and a members’ show.
CROSSROADS’ ALL-MEDIA SHOW
Crossroads’ all-media shows are open to mid-Atlantic artists through a bimonthly Call for Entries, and cash prizes are awarded for the winners. Each show is juried by a prominent arts professional from the community (a gallery director, curator, museum official, arts professor, or accomplished artist). Commission on sales is 25% for artists-in-residence and 30% for other artists.
CROSSROADS ART CENTER MEMBERS’ SHOW
Members of Crossroads Art Center are encouraged to submit work for the members’ shows. Members’ shows are generally held in Building III and coincide with the bimonthly opening reception and featured exhibitions. To become a member of Crossroads Art Center, see Membership.
EXHIBITIONS BY ARTIST PROPOSAL
Crossroads Art Center encourages artists and groups working in various media to submit proposals for exhibitions. The exhibition committee and exhibitions director review proposals every two to three months as they are received. Artists are selected based on overall quality, innovation, and thoroughness of the proposal. Exhibitions are scheduled two to three years in advance.
An exhibition proposal must consist of two parts: 1) a complete proposal package, including exhibition application, and 2) an in-person review of the proposed work. There is a $25 exhibition application fee which is applicable toward the exhibition fee if the proposal is accepted. Artists will be notified by phone or email after the jury process is complete. All artwork in a featured exhibition must be for sale or an additional $200 fee will be applied.
GALLERY-INITIATED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Crossroads Art Center's exhibitions director curates solo or thematic group exhibitions resulting from digital image submissions, gallery and studio visits, online research, attendance at lectures and similar events, university art department visits, and peer recommendations.
CURATOR-ORGANIZED THEMATIC GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Curators may submit proposals for thematic group exhibitions that explore an idea in-depth. Crossroads Art Center recommends that one individual serves as the project organizer (curator/artist/writer). This individual should not be one of the proposed exhibiting artists. Artistic quality, depth of research, budget feasibility, attention to administrative detail, and overall professionalism of the proposal are deciding factors in selection. Submissions should include an exhibition goal statement, a listing of artists with résumés and slides or videos of current work, curatorial experience of project organizer (résumé or curriculum vitae), comprehensive budget, outline of project needs, and a self-addressed stamped envelope with protective cardboard and sufficient postage to cover return of submission. All artwork in a featured exhibition must be for sale or an additional $200 fee will be applied.
Crossroads’ exhibitions director will review curatorial submissions and respond via letter or telephone. Consideration of submissions is ongoing. Applicants should be aware than that exhibitions are scheduled two to three years in advance. For more information on submitting a curatorial proposal, submit a contact form or call 804.278.8950.
TRAVELING OR SHARED EXHIBITIONS
Crossroads Art Center also presents traveling or shared exhibitions organized by other institutions. One example is the Paper Cutters Guild of North America. In its traveling schedule, the guild was able to host a show in Gallery One. Other collaborations include co-organized exhibitions with other arts institutions and artist residencies in schools or the community.
SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL
Jenni Kirby, Exhibitions Director
Crossroads Art Center
2016 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23230
Crossroads Art Center Exhibitions
Crossroads Art Center boasts newly renovated exhibition spaces available for group or solo shows.
RHODA MACCALLUM GALLERY
The Rhoda MacCallum Gallery is home to Crossroads’ bimonthly all-media show featuring various local artists and juried by a prominent member of the Richmond arts community. The gallery is 31'x36', irregularly shaped, with noncontiguous walls, lighting and partial hanging system, and a wall height of 10'. This gallery also may be rented for a featured artist or group show for a $1,500 fee,* plus 15% commission on sales.
MACCALLUM GALLERY EXTENSION
The Rhoda MacCallum Gallery Extension comprises eight walls with 61 linear feet of exhibition space with lighting throughout. The exhibition fee* for this gallery is $600, plus 15% commission on sales.
The Sidecar Gallery opens to the Rhoda MacCallum Gallery and has three 21' walls that are 10' high. This gallery has a hanging system and lighting throughout. The exhibition fee* for this gallery is $600, plus 15% commission on sales.
The Caboose Gallery is 11.5'x21' with contiguous 8' walls and lighting throughout. This gallery does not having a hanging system. The exhibition fee* for this gallery is $600, plus 15% commission on sales.
* EXHIBITION FEES
Exhibition fees include the following:
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