A viewer listens to the audio component of Sarah Bliss’ Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Book of Layers.
The Nave in Somerville, MA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of local, regional and national contemporary art. The gallery operates two sites: the Nave Gallery in Teele Square, and the newly launched Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square. Both spaces provide opportunities for the presentation of art in all media. Work of a collaborative, non-commercial nature is especially encouraged.
The Nave is currently accepting proposals for group exhibitions.
Experimental work, multimedia work and installations are encouraged but must fit the available space. Artists shown to date have been local and national, emerging and established and represent a variety of media. Projects detailing new collaborations and commentary on contemporary culture are especially sought.
2016 Guidelines for Group Exhibition Proposals
Deadline: February 14, 2016
-Proposals must be for group exhibitions (three or more artists)
-Proposals should be organized around a theme and/or process
-Proposals that include an open call for artists are encouraged with a $15
submission fee paid to the gallery
-Works in all mediums will be considered
-Curator(s) may include their own work in the exhibition
-Curator(s) have responsibility for choosing artwork
-Curator(s) have primary responsibility for hanging the exhibition
-Curator(s) will be asked to help identify volunteer gallery sitters
-Curator(s) are encouraged to include a gallery talk separate from the opening
-Curator(s) are responsible for drafting the press release. The Nave will send it out to its media outlets
-Exhibitions are scheduled for 4-6 weeks
The Nave Gallery in Teele Square is located in the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church. The exhibition space is approximately 1300 square feet. The ceilings are 10 feet tall. One wall is natural wood paneling and one wall has two windows allowing natural light. Work may be hung from the ceiling in select locations.
Located in Davis Square, the Nave Annex is a former residential location and is comprised of four small to medium size rooms. Celing height and lighting varies per room.
Prospective curators are strongly urged to visit the sites prior to submitting a proposal. First time independent curatorial proposals are more likely to be sited in the main Nave Gallery
-Curator(s) are responsible for communication with artists
-Curator(s) must provide curator’s statement and 3-4 high res images for press
at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled opening date
-The gallery takes a 30% commission on all sales
-Work exhibited does not have to be for sale
-Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping work to and from the gallery
-Local artists are encouraged to volunteer for gallery sitting to assist the
THE NAVE WILL:
-Pay the cost of postcard invitation
-Provide a volunteer to design the postcard if needed
-Distribute press through variety of media including its social media
-Provide refreshments for an opening reception
-Provide assistance with preparation of space and hanging if needed
-Provide limited insurance
-Assist with promoting the call for entry
Artists and non-artists are eligible to apply
All proposals that meet the guidelines will be reviewed
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Submission materials should include:
-Curator(s) statement of concept
-Proposal for public gallery talk
-5-10 jpeg images that support the concept.
-Image files should be no greater than 1.5 Megabytes
-Image files should be labeled: ARTIST LAST NAME_01.jpg, ARTIST LAST NAME_02.jpg, etc
-An image list that includes:
-Indicate whether images are actual work to be shown or representative of
what will be shown
-Date work was created
-Preferred method to submit video files is to provide a link to YouTube or
All materials should be combined in one zipped folder and emailed to:
sberstler (AT) navegallery.org