Submitting Artwork for Exhibition
Because our exhibitions are typically scheduled three to five years in advance, we do not actively solicit open submissions from artists for solo shows. However, we are always happy to have particular artists or their works brought to our attention.
We consider carefully everything pointed out to us, but can’t exhibit or collect all the work we see. Due to the volume of proposals and suggestions we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of every suggestion, although we do keep information on file about interesting and potentially exhibitable work. When curating new shows, we sometimes revisit past submissions and contact artists whose work seems appropriate for our current goals. If an artist’s work seems that it might fit our upcoming programming plans, we’ll contact them directly.
If you don’t receive a response to a letter or email, please don’t interpret it as a judgment of quality or artistic ability. No response most likely means we have recently shown or acquired similar work, or that the work is not consistent with our mission or our current exhibition and programming goals.
Will you review my portfolio or provide an art valuation?
Before sending us anything, we encourage you to consider our mission and programming to determine whether it’s appropriate to our museum and facilities.
One of the best ways to do this is to visit the museum and see some of our changing exhibitions. It’s free, and we’ll be delighted to talk with you.
We are happy to review portfolios for students, artists, and the general public, but by appointment only and if staff is available. Without prior arrangement, we cannot look at original works.
Please do not drop off original work or models for review without prior agreement by phone or email—we cannot be responsible for any such materials hand-delivered and left at the front desk.
Please do not ship or mail original works of art or models. We are not responsible for any materials sent to us. Because of the large volume of mail we receive and the constantly changing postal regulations, we do not return any submitted materials, even with a self-addressed stamped envelope and return postage.
We are restricted by law from providing appraisals. If you need a valuation of your art or possessions for tax, insurance, or sales purposes, we suggest visiting this website to identify an appraiser, or calling a reputable local art auction house for advice or appraisers’ contact information. There are several in the Raleigh area.