Exhibition Submission Guidelines

The Gallery At RAC

The Jill A. McGuire Gallery At RAC

The Jill A. McGuire Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission, located on the first floor of the Cultural Resource Center, is committed to showcasing the talent of local artists and curators. The McGuire Gallery presents 6 guest-curated exhibitions each year. The guest curator(s) selects the artists through a variety of methods, from personal invitation to juried selection, at their own discretion.

RAC accepts curators through requests for proposal. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a gallery committee of RAC staff that meets three times a year. Only curators can submit exhibition proposals; we do not accept proposals from individual artists wanting to exhibit. Guest curator(s) are also selected through special invitation by the Executive Director of RAC, and by the Gallery Manager.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be contacted by the Gallery Manager, who will work with you to schedule the exhibit. Please allow up to 6 months for your submission to be reviewed.

Submission Process

Please complete the following process for exhibit consideration:

Proposal Eligibility

To be considered for an exhibition at The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission:

  • The exhibition must showcase at least two artists
  • All participants (both exhibiting artists and curator(s)) must live and/or work in the St. Louis metropolitan area, defined by RAC as St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Warren County and Lincoln County in Missouri; and Calhoun County, Jersey County, Madison County, St. Clair County and Monroe County in Illinois
  • Artists may be invited by the curator or solicited through a call to artists
  • Proposals from first-time curators will be accepted; the curator generally does not have his/her own work included in the exhibition

Exhibition Proposals Must Include:

  1. Vitae or resume of curator
  2. Narrative bio of curator (at least one paragraph, but no longer than one typed page)
  3. A proposal statement detailing the discourse or theme of the exhibition and how it is complimentary and/or relevant to the mission of the Regional Arts Commission (one typed page)
    If Artists are Pre-Selected
  4. Vitae or resume of each artist
  5. Narrative bio of each artist
  6. 3-5 digital images of work to be exhibited that shows a representative sample of the exhibition. [If the exhibition includes new works that have not been completed at the time of the proposal submission, submit images that are representative of the artists’ body of work (please note this representation in the submission). Note: CDs of images will not be returned. Each image must be clearly labeled with the following information:
  • First and last name
  • Title of the work
  • Year of completion
  • Dimensions
  • Medium
  • Gallery representation, if applicable

The Gallery

The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission is a 35’ x 25’ sq. ft. white box space located on the first floor of the Regional arts Commission’s Cultural Resource Center. One 12 ft. wall of the space is floor-to-ceiling glass doors that can be opened onto the street. On the east wall of the gallery is an 8 ½’ x 9 ½’ permanently installed public art piece by William Cochran titled Kardia. The area outside The Gallery in the main hallway and reception area can be used for gallery installations.

Installation

All exhibitions will be installed by the curators and/or artists. Installation methods must be requested by the curator and approved by RAC. Installation will take place in the five day period before the show opens (Saturday – Thursday). De-installation must be scheduled before the show opens and must take place three days after the show closes. Artists must pick up all their work no later than two days after de-installation, or the Friday after the exhibition ends.

Freedom of Expression Policy

 The Regional Arts Commission has an abiding commitment to preserving and enhancing freedom of speech, thought, inquiry and artistic expression. The Commission’s responsibility for and dedication to securing the conditions in which freedom of expression can flourish extend to all forms of artistic expression, including the visual arts, design, literature, media, and the performance of theatre, music and dance.

Programs seeking funding from the Commission undergo a thorough evaluation, including review by citizens knowledgeable in the arts field, artists, Commission staff and the 15 members who make up the governing body of the Regional Arts Commission. The final determination of funding for programs rests solely with the Commission.

The Regional Arts Commission recognizes that the right of artists to exhibit or perform does not preclude the right of others to take exception to particular works of art.

Please Submit Proposals To:

Gallery Manager
Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Or via email to: tunde@racstl.org