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Are you a Fine Art student who is interested in gaining recognition for your hard work, impressing Bay Area collectors and becoming an active member of an established artistic community?

You may be eligible to apply!


What’s the Big Deal?


The Main Gallery in Redwood City is announcing its first annual Emerging Artist Competition to recognize and encourage emerging artistic talent in the Bay Area. Since its inception in 2000, The Main Gallery (TMG) cooperative has showcased dozens of local artists, sold the artists’ work, and developed a venue for the visual arts in the community. Student artists are invited to submit entries directly our Membership Lead, and a jury panel of TMG Artists will select the winning entries. Winners will be recognized in TMG press releases to the local media, rewarded a limited one year membership, and join the Gallery’s thriving artistic community.


How to Enter
Jurying Requirements


Artistic Requirements

  • Five pieces produced within the last two years in each medium you wish to submit for exhibition in the Gallery

  • Photographs of five to ten additional pieces of your art


Media Requirements

  • 2-dimensional work must be framed, ready to hang and able to be handled by one person. Simple frames in a neutral tone or black or white are preferred

  • Sculpture work must be less than 50lbs

  • Videos/films and installations and/or that require power, water, gas, etc. cannot be considered


Media & Technology Skills Requirements

  • Basic computer skills: Google Drive, Box, Word, Excel

  • Social Media Skills: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Other

  • Basic writing and editing skills for press releases and other marketing materials

  • Additional Preferred Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Self Publishing software such as Shutterfly or Blurb


Writing Requirements

  • A brief Artist Statement discussing your artwork, what it is about and the technique(s) used  

  • A 1200 word essay on why you think you would be a great fit for TMG

  • A letter of recommendation from one of your art professors


  • Applications are due on June 1st 2018 at 12pm PST; You will be informed of the results by June 15. I you are accepted you will be expected to deliver your work at the Gallery and participate at an orientation soon after.

  • Applicants must be either a United States Citizen or have permanent resident status. There are NO exceptions to these guidelines

  • Materials are uploaded as part of the online application process. please allow ample time for upload of materials as there will be NO grace period for this process to complete

  • You may apply in more than one medium

  • Two winners will be selected, and as a Limited TMG Members, will be required to donate 5-10 hours of work per month in the area of Social Media Marketing and Self Publishing (Blurb, Shutterfly, etc)


What You Could Win
  • A limited, one year, TMG Membership that entitles you to showcase at least two new pieces of your work displayed every 6-10 weeks

  • Public exposure of your work and hands-on experience and learning opportunities in a professional gallery setting. Learn how to hang and display art pieces and about how galleries work

  • Access to invaluable information about how other artists work and price their piece and how potential patrons interact with available artworks

  • Introduction and networking opportunities to the local art scene: it is not what you know, it is who you know, and some of the best opportunities can come from other artists

  • Wide-reaching listings and ads on multiple platforms and regular invitations to openings, gallery exhibits, talks, events and other opportunities

  • Sales commission of 35% rather than the 50% as in commercial galleries

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