Calls for Entry

We have scheduled all of our 2022 and 2023  Gallery exhibitions!

For information on them, click here.

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.
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"What I Did In Quarantine", 2021

We now have a more robust on-line presence for most of our exhibitions, including an e-commerce page from which customers 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.

Unless noted, it costs nothing to enter our shows, and we have only one rule: The work must fit through the front door.  We encourage artists to put their work for sale; they receive 80% of the sale price and the Gallery retains 20% to help keep our light on.

 

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.)

The Exchange coordinates rotating exhibits at other venues too: the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street and the Silk Mill Apartments on 6th Street; in both locations, work changes quarterly.  For information about how you can show your artwork at either of them, contact us at 570-317-2596 or Exchange@ExchangeArts.org.  See below for photos of some of the spaces available at the Library.

Bloomsburg Public Library exhibition space, The Exchange Gallery
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Bloomsburg Public Library exhibition space, The Exchange Gallery

Click here to see 2021's shows in the Gallery.

 

Click here to see 2020's shows in the Gallery.

Click here to see 2019's shows in the Gallery.

Links from that page will get you to earlier years.

"SITEexchange"

    WORK DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th -- for the entry form, click here.

    Show runs October 10th through November 18th

    Reception Friday, October 14th

We want YOU to participate in SITEexchange, a public art project by Cindi Hron and The Exchange.  SITEexchange will engage artists in the Central Pennsylvania region to observe and record, through artistic means, a site (place) within the region.  Participants are asked to create an image based on a Central Pennsylvania site using the template guidelines below.  We encourage artists of all ages and levels of experience to submit their work, and each participant can determine how to interpret the idea of site.  Perhaps best of all, SITEexchange will present the art in a fun and novelg way by distributing the work via novelty vending machines – gumball machines – located throughout our region.

    We will display all of the original artwork at the Exchange Gallery in October and November 2022, and copies of chosen submissions will be folded, encapsulated, and distributed through a gumball machine near you!

    SITEexchange draws attention to our shared understanding of our multi-county region through its many well-known and maybe not-so-well-known sites thoughtfully and engagingly.  We invite you to share a representation of a site meaningful to you.  That 2-D representation, in any medium, must be flat and fit within the template size of 4” x 5.25”.  Submissions can be vertical or horizontal.  Participants agree to submission size limitations, scanning of submission, reproduction, and distribution through novelty vending machines located throughout the region.  Artists have the opportunity to sell their original work, at prices of their choosing, in the Exchange Gallery show; each artist receives 80% of the sale price (the Gallery takes a 20% commission).  Artists will not receive compensation for having their work reproduced and distributed through the gumball machines.

    Template for accepted work: 4” x 5.25” – vertical or horizontal, FLAT

We will accept original 2-D artwork that we will photograph for reproduction AND we will also accept high-quality, high-resolution digital files of your original work, including photography; this means that you can make 3-D artwork and photograph it.

    To download the entry form that must accompany your work, click here.

Thank you to the Puffin West Foundation for its generous support of SITEexchange.

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"UFOs: UnFinished Objects"

    Work due Saturday, August 27th

    Show runs August 29th through October 7th, 2022

A common idea among quiltmakers, the UnFinished Object may haunt many an artist.  But we choose to celebrate it in this exhibition: Bring your unfinished artwork in any medium, 2D or 3D, for display in the Exchange Gallery; you may choose to put it up for sale (even if you think "Who the heck would buy that?!?") or not.

“Cash & Carry IX”

    Work due Saturday, November 19th

    Show runs November 21st through December 30th

Coming in 2023:

“Dreams” open call

    Work due Saturday, January 7th

    Show runs Monday, January 9th, through Friday, February 3rd

The visual arts make a wonderful medium for capturing the memories of dreams, which we often find elusive and hard to describe.  Several art movements have used dreams as a source of inspiration, including Symbolism, Romanticism, Surrealism, and some styles of Contemporary Art.  The Exchange would like to see your artwork on the subject of dreams -- daydreams, aspirational dreams, nightmares, or other visions.  All media accepted, and as always from ALL artists of all ages and levels of experience.

 

“Six Characters in Search of an Artist” open call

​    Work due Saturday, February 4th

    Show runs Monday, February 6th through Friday, March 3rd

        What if the subject of the art told the artist what to create?

        Where's the line between artist and art?  Or is there a line?

        What's "real" and what's "illusion"?

 

The Exchange invites artists to create and submit artwork exploring these questions.

The exhibit theme is inspired by the play “Six Characters In Search Of An Author” by Luigi Pirandello, coming in a new adaptation in a co-production by the BU Players and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, opening Thursday, February 23rd, and running through Sunday, March 12.  BTE.org

 

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership photo contest winners

    Show runs March 6th through March 31st, 2023

More info to come.

 

“Going Green” open call

    Work due Saturday, April 1st

    Show runs Monday, April 3rd, through Friday, May 5th

Green is the color of new beginnings, Springtime, and Earth Day. It is associated with luck, prosperity, and hope. It’s also associated with greed, jealousy, and illness. Additionally, green can mean eco-friendly or energy efficient. The Exchange invites you to submit artwork featuring the color and/or the concept of “green”. 

 

In-Fill PA open call

    Work due March (exact date TBD); hanging Saturday, May 6th

    Show runs May 8th through June 9th

IN-FILL PA is a public art project conceived and produced by Cindi Hron and The Exchange Gallery.  Thanks to the Community Giving Foundation for start-up funding.

IN-FILL PA wants YOU to participate in an exhibit of designs for in-fill spaces.

IN-FILL PA seeks to engage residents, artists, designers, and design firms from all over to share their work to inspire engaged dialogue to address in-fill spaces in communities across Pennsylvania.

IN-FILL PA participants are asked to submit hard copies or PDFs of drawings, graphics, photo-collages, plans, and 2-D models of concept designs and implemented projects that address in-fill spaces. Before and after imagery is welcome as well as images that illustrate the process of in-fill space transformation.

IN-FILL PA will take place during the spring of 2023: The submitted designs will be on display at the Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg and five additional regional exhibition venues located in Central Pennsylvania. Each exhibition site will further highlight local in-fill projects and conduct informal public charettes to encourage discourse to address in-fill design and program needs in these communities.

IN-FILL PA seeks submissions from near and far, across Pennsylvania and around the U.S. and around the world.

Project Background:
In-fill is the practice of re-dedication of land to new programming and/or development.  Many small towns and cities in Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, have vacant lots.  Often these lots sit unused for years.  In some instances, communities have reassigned these spaces as outdoor amenities such as pocket parks, playgrounds, community gardens, outdoor workspaces, meditation gardens, and performance venues.  These transitions breathe new life into underutilized spaces.

Questions? Contact Oren Helbok, 570-317-2596, Exchange@ExchangeArts.org

Deadline for Submission: Exact date TBD in March 2023

Send hard copies to The Exchange Gallery, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Participants wishing to have their work returned need to include pre-paid mailers.

Or submit PDFs (each 10mb max) to Exchange@ExchangeArts.org

Exhibition schedule:

The Exchange Gallery, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg
May 8 – June 9, 2023

The Art Grind, 339 Mill Street, Danville
Dates TBD

Art Academy of Milton, 38 South Front Street, Milton

Dates TBD


Hayden Family Center for the Arts, 31 West Broad Street, Hazelton

Dates TBD

Berwick

Venue and dates TBD

 

Mark Sassani solo show

    Show runs June 12th through July 21st

 

“In the City” open call

    Work due Saturday, July 22nd

    Show runs Monday, July 24th through Friday, September 1st

To explain his impressions of the early industrial cities of Europe, Charles Baudelaire used the term “ennui”, the feeling of being alone on a crowded place. He saw these cities with their influx of people from the country as lonely and distant. Is that how you think of cities today, or as bustling cities of opportunity? Or do you see them as dangerous, or mysterious? The Exchange Gallery invites you to share your thoughts on the city though your art. All media welcome.

 

Susquehanna Women’s Imaging Society

    Work due Saturday, September 2nd

    Show runs Tuesday, September 5th, through Friday, October 13th

More info to come

 

 

 

“Food for Thought” open call

    Work due Saturday, October 14th

    Show runs Monday, October 16th, through Friday, November 17th

 

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” – Voltaire

As one of our basic life needs, food has been a popular subject matter throughout modern art and art history. Depictions of food can be found in Italian Renaissance paintings, on Roman mosaics, and inside the Egyptian pyramids. Food is the cornerstone of holidays, celebrations, and the Bloomsburg Fair! Everything from fruits and vegetables to delectable desserts, elegant cuisine to greasy diner platters – we love it all, and we want to see it all! The Exchange invites you to submit artwork on the delicious theme of food.

 

    The Exchange asks artists and show-goers to donate non-perishable food items during the

    duration of this exhibition. At the end of the show, we will bring your donations to the

    Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

 

“Cash & Carry X” open call

    Work due Saturday, November 18th

    Show runs Monday, November 20th, through Friday, December 29th

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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.

We use photographs of artwork for promoting the exhibitions here; on the form, you may choose to have your work not photographed.

The Exchange Gallery takes a 20% commission on sales, meaning the artist receives 80% of the sale price of a piece.  You may choose to donate more than 20% -- and up to 100% -- of the sale price to the Gallery.  All income from sales goes directly to keeping the lights on here.

 

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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