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Exhibition Opportunities

Biennial 29

Click here for information on applying to the South Bend Museum of Art’s Biennial exhibition. Biennial 29 will be juried by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, and will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest. Deadline for entry is April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.


Sightlines, 2017–2019

Click here for information on applying to Sightlines, a collaborative exhibition between the South Bend Museum of Art and the Century Center. Deadline for entry is April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.


General submissions

The South Bend Museum of Art accepts submission materials from artists, art organizations and curators. All submissions are reviewed by the museum’s Exhibitions Committee on a rolling basis throughout the year, and are considered for all available opportunities.

As of August 2016, the SBMA will no longer accept physical submission packets (this includes mailed CDs). All submissions should be sent via a Dropbox link. If you have previously mailed a physical packet and have not heard back from us yet, it is still in the queue (thanks for your patience!).

Upload your materials to www.dropbox.com (free). Click the “share” link to share the folder with: submissions@southbendart.org. If you do not have an account, go to www.dropbox.com to set up a free account.

Exhibitions are planned a year or more in advance. All submissions are reviewed. If accepted, you will be notified via e-mail or phone. Please make sure to include contact information. Please do not call or e-mail to check the status of your submission.

Submissions should include

  • 20 images (.jpg format)
    Vimeo links are also acceptable.
  • Image list (.pdf format)
    Please include title, year, media and scale for each image. Also, please include a thumbnail and/or file number so we know which image the information refers to.
  • Artist and/or curatorial statement (.pdf format) 
    No more than one page, please. Community art organizations should include a mission statement and history of the organization.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume (.pdf format)
    Please be sure to include contact information. Community art organizations should include an exhibition history of the group including upcoming shows and a list of current members.
  • Related support material (.pdf format)
    Reviews, catalogs, articles, etc. Anything that might help contextualize your work and/or proposal.

Available spaces

There are 3 galleries at the SBMA available for changing exhibitions, each with its own focus. Please state your preference if you have one.

  • Art League Gallery (approximately 1200 sq. ft.)
    Solo and two-person exhibitions. 3–4 open slots per year.
    view Art League Gallery floor plan (PDF)
  • Warner Gallery (approximately 5000 sq. ft.)
    Thematic group exhibitions. 1–2 open slots per year.
    view Warner Gallery floor plan (PDF)
  • Community Gallery (approximately 600 sq. ft.)
    2 open slots per year for area community art organizations.
    view Community Gallery floor plan (PDF)
    If you are an art organization interested in having a juried exhibition at the SBMA, please see the additional group submission requirements for the Community Gallery below.

Community Gallery Group Exhibition Proposals

All artwork coming into the South Bend Museum of Art will be chosen by a jury process or curatorial selection. Any exception to this must be approved by both the curatorial staff and the Exhibition Committee. In no case will any entrant to any exhibition be guaranteed acceptance of one or more pieces.

All juried shows will have a juror who is a non-member and non-affiliated of the exhibiting group. In the case that a local organization is part of a national affiliate, a national member may be a juror. The South Bend Museum of Art reserves the right to have final approval of the juror and must be informed of the juror before an agreement with the juror is formed.

The date for jurying should be set in accordance with installation timelines. The site of the jurying will be determined by SBMA staff and will take place within one or two days following the close of the previous show. Only the juror, a group representative assisting in the jurying process, and SBMA staff may be present during the jurying process. All handling of artwork will be the responsibility of the SBMA staff.

Entry Criteria and Prospectus

  • Work previously shown in the South Bend Museum of Art is not eligible for exhibition.
  • Work must have been completed within three (3) years prior to the date of the exhibition.
  • All work must be framed, wired and ready for display. Works on paper must be covered by glass or plexiglas. All hanging hardware must be appropriate to the size and weight of the work.

The SBMA reserves the right to refuse any work that does not meet the criteria.


Other Opportunities

Other opportunities at the SBMA for artists include:

Juried exhibitions: The SBMA’s regional Biennial and Sightlines juried exhibitions occur in odd years, (2017, 2019, etc.). The call for entries is usually announced in January. Please check this web page for details at that time.
Dot Shop: If interested in selling your work in the SBMA’s Dot Shop, please click here for more information.
Meet Me On the Island: 2-3 times per summer, the SBMA hosts Meet Me On the Island, offering an opportunity for local and regional artists to sell their work to a large audience (5-10 artists per event).


Questions? Comments?

We love artists and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments:

Curatorial Department
South Bend Museum of Art
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601
phone: 574.235.9102
fax: 574.235.5782
e-mail: rospendam@southbendart.org


Some frequently asked questions

Is there any fee to submit?
Nope.

Why the change? Why don’t you accept submissions on CD any more?
This change will streamline the review process and speed up our response time. It will also save you money on postage and time spent in line at the post office.

I really really really do not want to learn how to use Dropbox. Is there any other way to get my submission materials to you?
While we prefer you use Dropbox, we want to make it easy for you. You can alternately load your files onto a thumb drive and mail or deliver to:
South Bend Museum of Art
Artist Submissions
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601
Please be sure to include a SASE if you would like your thumb drive returned. Also, please keep everything digital and loaded on the thumb drive — any printed materials will not be returned.