Ends on April 21, 2018

Contemporary Nature

May 31 – June 23, 2018

Artists are invited to submit work that provides a contemporary spin on nature or work inspired by local nature. Please see the page of examples that we feel bring a more contemporary approach to nature. Our inspiration for this show is using unexpected materials, perspectives, or presentation when working with nature as the subject matter. If you are choosing to be inspired by local nature, let us know where we can see this locally.

About the Juror – Richard Benoit

Richard Benoit, from Kankakee, IL. is a self-taught artist with a degree in photography. He works in a full compliment of subjects using pastel, charcoal and acrylic paint. He has been pursuing a career in art as a means of self-expression. Learn more and see his work at http://www.richardbenoitart.com

DEADLINE: April 21, 2018 through Submittable 


April 21                  Submission DUE by midnight- NO EXCEPTIONS, only through Submittable  

May 1                     Artists will receive notification of acceptance or rejection for the exhibition via email  

May 10-12               Shipped work can arrive

May 17-19               Shipped work can arrive. Hand Delivered work should be dropped off during regular gallery hours, or by prior appointment.

May 31 – June 23    Exhibit is open

June 2                    RECEPTION 1-3pm

June 28-30              All exhibited work MUST be picked up, during regular gallery hours. Shipped work will be packed up and sent out the following week.



Open to artists 18+. All media will be considered. Original artwork only. No art previously exhibited at USG in the past 2 years will be accepted.

Size & Weight Specifications   

No shipped work over 75 pounds will be accepted. Any artwork over 75 lbs. MUST be hand delivered, installed & picked up by the artist or representative. Artwork must be able to fit through front doors. Door opening is 5 feet wide, 6ft tall, 7ft diagonal. If your work is accepted, please contact the gallery to arrange a delivery/installation/pick up date and time before travelling here.


Use of Images and Name   

Images of accepted works will be used for promotional purposes: postcard, social media posts, emails, press releases, etc. Art that is accepted will appear on the USG website, provided the gallery receives an acceptable jpeg. Artists are responsible for forwarding the postcards and email invites to their own contact lists. Your name will be used in various promotional purposes as well. Accepted artists will be sent a consent form with more details.



Union Street Gallery, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, retains a 30% donation from any sale resulting from the exhibition. The gallery handles sales tax for the artists.



USG provides no insurance for artwork while on premises or during shipping to and from the gallery. Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork.



All accepted entries being shipped must arrive by 3pm, May 19, no exceptions. All accepted entries being hand delivered must arrive by 4pm, May 19, no exceptions. Please contact us early if you may need to arrange alternative times – this is a not a guarantee we can accommodate your schedule.  See calendar for delivery and shipping dates. Accepted work only, no substitution. Curators reserve the right to refuse work that does not meet the requirements, is damaged, considered too fragile for exhibit, is misrepresented in the image, or simply will not work for their vision once they begin curating. Your delivery may say it was a failed attempt because of our gallery hours. We make every attempt to be here to accept deliveries even when we are not open during the expect delivery weeks. Our delivery carriers know this and leave information so we can make sure we are available the next day. Do not worry if you see the initial delivery attempt was not successful.


Labeling Work

We strongly suggest you affix a business card and a label including the title, artist name, media, year completed, and price to the back of your piece permanently. We also require an additional label be affixed temporarily for our use during hanging. You can use the labels at the end of this document as needed. The temporary label should be attached to the back, frame, or plexiglass and be easily removable and not damaging (something like painter’s tape).



Artists who ship their work are required to provide the gallery with a prepaid return shipping label by the week before the end of the exhibit, June 22. Label can be mailed or emailed, but we strongly prefer the return label be included in your initial package.

Shipped work must be packed in a reusable container with appropriate packing materials. NO PACKING PEANUTS PLEASE. Artwork will be packed up in the same manner it was sent. The gallery will not provide additional packing materials.  If artwork is framed and being shipped to the gallery, please use plexiglass in the frame, not glass.

Use FedEx or UPS to ship your artwork. Do not ship via USPS. The USPS does not provide return shipping labels.

The gallery will schedule a pick-up for artwork being shipped UPS or FedEx GROUND ONLY within two weeks of the final date of the exhibit.  Artists using an alternative shipping method * must arrange for the pick-up of their artwork from the gallery on June 29th between 12-4pm.  

* Alternative shipping includes FedEx Express or FedEx Air. The gallery does not bring artwork to a UPS or FedEX store to ship out



Hand delivered art must be picked up June 28-30 during regular gallery hours. Please contact us in advance if you need to make alternative arrangements. Art remaining at the gallery after the designated pick-up deadline will be charged a $5 daily storage fee, unless arrangements have been made in advance. Artwork left after 30 days becomes property of USG.



Artwork must be delivered ready to install.

•           2-D work must be prepared properly for hanging with wire, if framed.

•           Unframed works will be hung with binder clips and push pins.

•           Sculptures must sit sturdily on pedestal or floor. The gallery will provide pedestal unless artist is otherwise notified. 

•           If artwork requires more than 1 hour to install, USG would prefer to schedule a time when the artist can install the work.

Otherwise the piece will be included if there is staff time available to install.

•           If artwork weighs over 75 lbs, the artist must install themselves. If the artwork is to be hung, the artist and gallery director must

talk to determine if this is feasible and whose responsibility the hanging and un-installing will be.


USG reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for exhibit or security reasons. All work remains on exhibit for duration of show.