All artist participation at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is by invitation of the curatorial staff. We look for Northwest artists whose work displays mastery of medium, a strong contemporary style, and a professional presentation.
We jury prospective new artists in two ways: in person once per quarter and all year round via our online submission form.
Note: At this time we represent artists who are 18 years of age and older. If you are a younger artist, we’d be happy to talk with you about alternative ways of developing your work.
How to show us your work
You may submit images of your work online (highly encouraged) or sign up for an on-site jury slot. Our curatorial staff carefully considers the work of each artist who participates in the process and provides thoughtful, personalized feedback.
OPTION 1: SUBMIT ONLINE – STRONGLY ENCOURAGED
We encourage online submission because it’s less labor intensive for you, involves no travel, and will still result in high-quality, personalized feedback about your work.
To submit online, visit our online jury submission form. Please have the following available for electronic upload:
- Your resume and artist statement.
- Up to 15 images of your work.
- A checklist that includes title, medium, dimensions, and retail price corresponding to the work shown in each image.
As you set pricing, bear in mind that BAC operates on a consignment basis and retains a 50% commission on sales. If you’re unsure about pricing, please make your best estimation. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
After submitting your materials, you’ll receive a confirmation reply. Online submissions are evaluated once per month, so following the initial confirmation, please expect to hear from one of our curatorial staff members roughly six weeks from the time you submit.
OPTION 2: PARTICIPATE IN AN ON-SITE JURY SESSION
Step 1: Make a reservation. Call us at 206.842.3132. Upcoming dates are:
- July 20, 2017
- October 19, 2017
We limit each jury to 20 artists so that we have ample time to consider your work.
Step 2: Fill out a jury application checklist to bring with you on your appointment day. You can download the jury application checklist here (it’s located on the last page of the instruction sheet) or pick one up at BAC.
Note: The jury application checklist requests retail pricing. As you set pricing, bear in mind that BAC operates on a consignment basis and retains a 50% commission on sales. If you’re unsure about pricing, please make your best estimation. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Step 3: Day of jury. On your scheduled day, please arrive at the gallery between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Leave your work in the car for now and go to the front desk of the gallery at 151 Winslow Way, next door to Eagle Harbor Book Co. We suggest you park in the lower lot east of the bookstore, accessible from Bjune Drive.
At the front desk, you will make an appointment for later in the afternoon to meet with a curator and discuss your work. A staff member will then direct you to our conference room, where you will deliver your work for jury evaluation.
Please leave the following with us when you drop off your work:
- Your resume, artist statement, and completed jury application checklist.
- Your physical work, not photos or reproductions. Please label each piece with the title so that the jury members can match the work to what is listed on the application checklist.
- Paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and other larger work: please bring a maximum of 5 pieces. Flatwork should be framed and wired.
- Jewelry: Please bring 20 to 30 pieces to give us a full sense of your line.
The jury meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the jury session, individual meetings between each artist and a curator will begin at 1 p.m. and take place in 30-minute intervals, so expect several hours between dropping off your work and meeting with the curator.
Before you decide to participate in either the online or the in-person process, we encourage you to explore our website and if possible, visit the gallery in person. Based on what you see, would your work be a good fit at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts? Are we a good fit for you?If you think the answer is yes, we encourage you to connect with us. Because we are a nonprofit gallery, we’re here to help, encourage, and advise.
Also of interest
Sally Robison, Saturday Market (detail). Digital print. Image courtesy of the artist.