Art League Houston Mission
The mission of Art League Houston is to connect the community through diverse, dynamic, and creative experiences that bring people together to see, make, and talk about contemporary visual art. Founded in 1948, Art League Houston has radically evolved beyond the parameters of traditional art leagues. While keeping the core of the art league model—a robust membership deeply committed to the value of visual art in contemporary life—Art League Houston embraces contemporary approaches to curatorial programming, community-building, art education, and outreach to under-served communities.
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS are reviewed ONCE a year
Next Deadline: November 30, 2019*
*Exhibitions selected will be programmed between November 2020–December 2021.
*Please email Sarah Beth Wilson, ALH Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects, at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the process or your proposal documents (IMPORTANT: please contact Sarah by end of day Saturday, November 9, 2019, to allow adequate response and inquiry/proposal review time).
Art League Houston Galleries
Art League Houston will consider proposals by local, regional, national, and international (emerging and established) artists/curators in all media that include the following:
Artworks and projects that has not been previously shown in Houston
Clarity and articulation of a central idea
Strong artistic quality
Artworks and projects that address social, political and cultural issues relevant to the local community
Relevancy to current dialogues in contemporary art
Opportunities for compelling ancillary programming such as performances, film, lectures, panel discussions, round tables etc.
Availability of curator and artist(s) to play an integral role in execution of exhibition and events
Platform artists/curators who reflect the local community
Open Call Review Process
The open call artwork submissions are reviewed by the Artist Advisory Board made up of artists and arts professionals from the region. The proposal selection process is highly competitive as Art League Houston receives many submissions each year. Artists are selected on overall quality and innovation.
ALH’s commitment to supporting the growing needs of artists has been a driving force of the organization since its inception. In 2014, ALH was the first arts organization in Texas to become W.A.G.E. Certified, a program operated by Working Artists and the Greater Economy in New York.
Main Gallery: $1,900
Front Gallery: $1,200
Hallway Space: $450
Sculpture Patio: $1,200
W.A.G.E. Certification is a voluntary program which publicly recognizes nonprofit art organizations that have made a commitment to operate ethically in relation to artists. A W.A.G.E. Certified organization signals that it stands in solidarity with artists as part of an equitable community no matter what their material practice or reputation might be.
Exhibitions proposals are accepted online through Submittable.com. Please provide all of the below information ONLINE via www.Submittable.com. We do not accept hard copies or CD's of your proposal under any circumstances.
All proposals must include the following information:
Visual Artists — 10 digital images of work. Image files must be in a .JPG format
Please provide a corresponding list of images including title, year, medium and dimensions for each piece
Video and performance artists — for video, include a YouTube or Vimeo link
Videos must not exceed more than 3 minutes. Please provide a corresponding list of video clips including title, year, medium and dimensions for each piece.
Up to 500 words including the following information:
Title and description of proposed project
Special requirements, if any
Specify Main Gallery, Front Gallery, Hallway Space or Sculpture Garden
Include estimated expenses and descriptions for:
Click HERE for an example budget template
*Note: If selected for an exhibition, exhibiting artists will receive the Artist Stipend as indicated above based on your exhibition space (paid the night of the opening reception). The amounts included in your working budget, however, are additional expenses you anticipate incurring and do not include the Artist Stipend. While ALH can not fully guarantee that we will be able to cover all of these additional expenses, we will work with each artist on a case by case basis in securing financial support.
Tell us a little about yourself
Artist bio must be saved as a PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) not to exceed one page.
Resume(s)/CV must be saved as a PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) not to exceed two pages.
When proposing a group exhibition, save and submit all the artists' resumes in one PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document.
The selection process may take 6-8 weeks for completion. Once selection has been made, all artists will be notified by email. Please do not call or email to inquire about results.
Art League Houston ONLY accepts exhibitions proposals online through Submittable.com. Mailed applications will not be reviewed.
To submit a proposal, please click here to create a free Submittable.com account.
Questions about submissions? Please email Sarah Beth Wilson, ALH Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the process or your proposal documents (IMPORTANT: please contact Sarah by end of day Saturday, November 9, 2019, to allow adequate response and inquiry/proposal review time).
ALH EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Art League Houston selects visual arts programming using a hybrid of traditional approaches employing a combination of:
Open call in an effort to be open and democratic
Artist advisory board input to ensure ALH is reflective, relevant and responsive to the local community
Focused curatorial vision to foster a thoughtful and critical exploration of current issues