In mid-July of 2017, Curators and a theme will be announced. At that time, the Submittable link below will lead to an online application. Please read our general guidelines before uploading your work.

General Guidelines

Smack Mellon reviews submissions from Emerging Artists wishing to have their work considered for specific group exhibitions. An Emerging Artist is considered to be an artist without commercial representation who has a dedicated art practice but few opportunities to show at gallery or non-profit spaces. 

The work will be reviewed by Smack Mellon staff and the guest curator(s) from our emerging curator program for inclusion in thematic group exhibitions.

Submissions of work in all media will be considered.  Smack Mellon is especially interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourages site-specific projects. If you are applying with a site-specific project or new project (not necessarily site specific), please incorporate this floorplan into your proposal; additionally, a visit to the gallery is highly recommended before drawing up plans. For site-specific and new projects, there will be an area in the online submission for additional materials. Proposals for events are also welcome.

Artists involved in group exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing, and de-installing their own work. Smack Mellon does not have a full-time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work requiring a scissor lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Staff may also assist artists and curators with installation of complicated projects but will not help the artist to build work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, equipment, and resources Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS. (If you have any technical problems after 3pm the day of the deadline, we will not be able to assist you. Any application that is late due to technical difficulties will not be accepted.)

The application process will require:

1. 8 images and/or 3 videos. 

2. Work Sample Script. This information will be read when your work is viewed.

3. Resume. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address in this document along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artist Statement. In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.


You can submit a maximum of eight (8) still images.

Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.

File types: .jpg or .tiff

Image Script: Title, Date, Medium, Size, and up to 60 words of description about the content of each image or series of images. Numbers in the script must match the numbers in the file names. (This information will be read when your work is viewed.)


You may submit up to three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of three (3) minutes long. Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art, or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed. 

If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.  

Video Script: TItle, Date, Duration, and up to 60 words of description about the content of your video. Numbers in the script must match the numbers in the file names. (This information will be read when your work is viewed.)

Most video codecs will be played back on Submittable's platform - please test your videos for playback before finalizing your submission.