The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CALL TO ARTISTS: Display at Northampton City Hall Gallery

CALL TO VISUAL ARTISTS: Display at Northampton City Hall Gallery

The Northampton Department of Arts & Culture seeks proposals to display visual artwork on the second floor gallery space in Northampton's City Hall for 2017.  

To be considered please email to, decisions will be made on a rolling basis:
- One .jpeg image of proposed work
- One paragraph describing your project

Gallery Guidelines:
1. Scheduling of your exhibit, including the date and time of your opening reception, needs to be done through the Department of Arts & Culture. Generally work is displayed at 3:00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month and runs for 30-days. Work must be taken down by 2pm on the first Tuesday of the following month. Other display and removal arrangements may be made in consultation with the Department of Arts & Culture. Reception for the work is held on Arts Night Out of the month your work is chosen for display, which is the second Friday of the month. The reception’s hours are 4:30pm-6:30pm. At the reception only water or seltzer water can be served. No alcohol and no food can be served.

2. Visit the second floor of City Hall before your exhibit to become familiar with the space.
3. You are responsible for hanging your work using the hanging system in place in the second floor hallway of City Hall. Please make arrangements with the Department of Arts & Culture to coordinate a time for hanging and displaying your exhibit.
4. If you need help, bring a friend. While the Department of Arts & Culture may offer to assist, please don’t count on the Department to be available. You may also want to bring a small stepladder, wire, and other tools to assist in hanging your pieces.
5. Write your own removable labels that can be affixed to the picture rail system.
6. Write a statement about yourself and your exhibit that can be displayed on a table in the gallery. The statement should be no bigger than 8.5” X 11”, displayed near your work. The artist’s statement should include your contact information so interested community members can contact you directly. Employees of the City of Northampton are not available to facilitate artist/community member/buyer communication.
7. Northampton City Hall is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
8. Parking meters in Northampton require money from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Monday to Saturday.
9. The artist is responsible for publicity and the Department of Arts & Culture will provide a press list if requested. It will be up to you to let your friends, family and collectors know about your exhibit and to invite them to your opening reception. Please email a press release and image to at least one month before your exhibit opens.
10. Sales are encouraged. All prices should be on a price list displayed on a table near the artwork. Pieces not for sale should be clearly labeled as such. All pieces sold must wait until the end of the show to be given to buyer. In extenuating circumstance (buyer needs it sooner), the piece can come down if it is simultaneously replaced with another of similar proportion. The City of Northampton and the Department of Arts & Culture take no commission on the piece(s) sold.
11. In selecting items for your exhibit, do not include artwork that might not be appropriate for City Hall, which is a public space. Artists are prohibited from hanging depictions of nudity, or other material that is not family-friendly. City Hall is a public space used by many community members.
12. No tape, push-pins, nails, etc. can be used in the walls, ceilings or floors. The artist is responsible for removing any packing materials, debris, garbage, etc. when they hang their art and when they remove it.

For guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1269 or

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