Calls for Entry

Most Exchange Gallery shows include work by artists young and old, established and up-and-coming, professional and amateur, from throughout the Susquehanna River Valley -- everyone from Bloomsburg University art students and professors to regional high school students to pre-schoolers, people who have exhibited nationally to those showing their work for the first time.  Please check here regularly for information on upcoming open-call shows.

The Exchange Gallery has reopened:

Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

and other hours here on our calendar.

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“Providing a place that celebrates each individual’s creativity aligns perfectly with The Exchange’s mission to bring the arts to all communities throughout our region,” says Exchange executive director Oren B. Helbok.  “Nothing makes us happier than making the ‘art world’ accessible to everyone; we believe strongly that anyone who makes art is an artist, and that art is anything an artist makes.  When we put a four-year-old child’s artwork on display next to an art professor’s work, we feel entirely confident that this child will grow up knowing that she is an artist – something that even some of our middle-aged first-time exhibitors have not yet wrapped their minds around.

“Some of the artists thank us for hanging their artwork here.  I assure them that in fact we feel grateful to them, because our space would look awfully empty without their work in it.”

Starting in 2021, we will have a more robust on-line presence for each of our exhibitions, including an e-commerce page where people can buy directly, and we would also like to have a video in which the artists speak about their work.  If you can make your own short video clip, please e-mail it to us at Exchange@ExchangeArts.org; you may also e-mail us a self-portrait/headshot and an artist's statement.

 

When you bring your work to the Gallery, please have one of these forms filled out.  (If you cannot print it ahead of time, we will have them here for you.)

​"What I Did In Quarantine"

 

Work due January 9th, 2021

The Exchange Gallery opens 2021 by inviting artists to submit work that they have made since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. All media accepted, 2-D and 3-D, including video and installation pieces (please get in touch with us ahead of time about videos and installations). As always, we encourage work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience. The work may or may not have COVID itself as a theme, but it just has to have gotten made since roughly March of 2020, and if you can tell us the story of how the crisis has informed the work, all the better.  All media accepted, 2-D and 3-D.  As always, we encourage work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience.

 

"What I Did In Quarantine" will run at the Exchange Gallery from January 11th through February 19th, 2021.

We do not anticipate having a traditional reception for this show due to the ongoing COVID crisis, but we will have regular open hours in the Gallery.


Image below: "PPE Figure" by Chet Davis, 2020

PPE Figure by Chet Davis

​"In Opposition"

 

Work due February 20th, 2021

This moment in American culture seems to be dominated by oppositional ideas.  People are certain that their ideas are correct, while in complete contradiction to others in their community.  The Exchange Gallery would like you to make art about opposition: Make two pieces, or team up with someone to make two pieces, that are opposed to each other.  This contrast can be conceptual, political, or formal; it can be as simple as complementary colors or as complicated as political disagreements.  One side of the gallery will display one piece, and on the opposite wall we will hang the oppositional piece.  The viewer will stand between the two ideas, picking a side – or not.  All media accepted, 2-D and 3-D.  As always, we encourage work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience.

 

"In Opposition" will run at the Exchange Gallery from February 22nd through March 26th, 2021.

We do not anticipate having a traditional reception for this show due to the ongoing COVID crisis, but we will have regular open hours in the Gallery.


Image below: Saturn in opposition, courtesy of the Royal Museums Greenwich

​"Images In Deliberate Sequence"

 

Work due May 1st, 2021

Comics are a staple in visual storytelling, but what do “comics” encompass, and how can we identify that?  Over the past couple decades, the term “comics” has been reimagined several times to reflect the temperaments, styles, and themes that come in and out of fashion.  The Exchange Gallery seeks of all ages and levels of experience artists to define what comics mean to them and to produce their own interpretations of a visual narrative.  Silver age, noir, manga, alternative – all styles and genres welcome in this celebration of comics.

 

"Images In Deliberate Sequence" will run at the Exchange Gallery from May 3rd through June 18th, 2021.


Image below by Sarah Foster

​"Bugs & Botanicals"

 

Work due June 19th, 2021

The natural world offers a great deal of intrigue and inspiration.  The Exchange Gallery seeks artwork that depicts plant and/or insect life, real or imagined.  Whether tiny clovers or massive sequoia trees, beautiful butterflies or creepy crawlies, we want to see what plants or insects inspire YOU.  All media accepted, 2-D and 3-D.  As always, we encourage work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience.

 

"Bugs & Botanicals" will run at the Exchange Gallery from June 21st through July 30th, 2021.

We hope that by early summer we can host an artists' reception in the Gallery; to help make that happen, wear your mask: Yours protects me, and mine protects you.


Image below: Fritillary by Neil Dignazio

​"Watermark: A Community Album of the 2011 Flood"

 

Work due July 31st, 2021

In September 2011, the worst flood in recorded history hit Bloomsburg. In the wake of Tropical Strom Lee that had come up from the Gulf of Mexico, dumping prodigious quantities of rain across eastern Pennsylvania, the gauge by the airport reported the Susquehanna River cresting at midday on Friday, the 9th, at 32.75 feet, a foot and a half higher than Agnes in 1972 (and 5/8" higher than the 1904 crest, already forgotten in the subsequent years that Bloomsburg's West End filled up with houses and buildings vulnerable to high water). Flow in the river peaked at more than 300,000 cubic feet per second; before the gauge at Charmond Road in Orangeville got swept away, it showed the flow on Fishing Creek at almost half as much, 140,000 cubic feet per second -- more than a million gallons per second.

A quarter of Bloomsburg's four square miles lay under water, no automobile traffic could enter or leave the town except by way of Route 487 to the north, Interstate 80 closed because of water covering the roadway, and destruction down the valley of Fishing Creek remains visible to this day.

For a history of the storm, visit weather.gov/ctp/TSLeeFlooding.

"Watermark: A Community Album of the 2011 Flood" solicits artwork and other memorabilia from anyone and everyone who lived through the event, anywhere in the Bloomsburg area.r.

 

"Watermark" will run at the Exchange Gallery from August 2nd through September 10th, 2021 -- ten years and a day after the crest.

We hope that on September 10th we can host an artists' reception in the Gallery; to help make that happen, wear your mask: Yours protects me, and mine protects you.


Image below by Anthony Heier, 2011

Anthony Heier 2011 flood photo

​"Haunting The Exchange"

Work due Saturday, September 11th


The Exchange Gallery seeks artwork that conjures up thoughts of Halloween and Fall festivities.  Full moons, fall foliage, ghosts, goblins – cute or scary, classy or kitschy; what comes to mind when YOU think of Halloween?  Help us transform the gallery into a dazzling seasonal attraction!  All media accepted, 2-D and 3-D and, as always, we encourage work by artists of ALL ages and levels of experience.

Show runs Monday, September 13th through Friday, October 15th

Reception TBD – perhaps a palm-reading and/or ghost-stories event?

Image below: "Waning Crescent" by Gina Dignazio

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Please submit this form with your work.

Loan Agreement:

You as artist/lender bear sole responsibility for insuring your own work.  Neither the Exchange nor its volunteers nor employees may be held liable for any loss or damage to the artwork on loan. Neither an exhibitor nor any representative(s) thereof shall be a party to any legal action against The Exchange, its board of directors, its employees, or its volunteers arising out of any such loss or damage to personal property or personal injury.   When you drop off your work, you must sign a gallery loan agreement to this effect.

 

Any work not picked up one month after the end on an exhibition will be considered abandoned and will be recycled.

Exhibition Agreement:

You must certify that all work offered for exhibition, for sale, and/or for display at the Exchange is original and designed and executed by you or legally represented by you.  You understand that The Exchange reserves the right to accept or reject any work for public display.

 

 

We look forward to having your work at the Exchange Gallery.

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