A Juried Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY, June 26 - July 26, 2019

440 Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn, NY announces an open call for the 14th Annual Theme Show. The topic for the 2019 national juried exhibition is LIGHT. We are interested in seeing interpretations of the theme as created by contemporary artists at all levels of professionalism and experience.

Whether we seek light as a physical object or observe it as a metaphysical presence, it is the play of light and shadow that uniquely informs our human vision. In simpler terms, light gives life; under certain circumstances light also facilitates destruction. Capturing light in visual terms has always been a crucial element in traditional painting. With multi-media, installation, and conceptual-based artwork, light takes on an equally important role for the artist.   

Show us what the concept of Light means to you.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 24 at midnight EST

Jurors for the “Light” show are Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals,
Co-Directors of Paradice Palase in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.


Lauren Hirshfield is an independent curator and artist living and working in NYC. She received a BFA in painting, arts management and art history from SUNY Purchase. Over the past five years she has freelanced as an arts administrator, assistant, and curator for organizations such as Superchief Gallery, 4Heads/Portal, POWRPLNT and ArtMoney. Her curatorial practice is fueled by the ephemeral, the ethereal and the tactile. She is interested in further democratizing the art world and strives to consider accessible ways the public can engage with art.

Kat Ryals is an artist, curator and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in photography in 2010 from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Visual Art and Museum Education from Brooklyn College. She has worked in the education department of several NYC museums and non-profits, including the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and ArtsConnection. Ryals has shown her work nationally, and was included in recent group exhibitions with the Holocenter on Governor’s Island, Temporary Storage Gallery at Brooklyn Fireproof, and the Wassaic Project. She was a Fellow at Vermont Studio Center in January 2018, and a resident at the Wassaic Project in January 2019.

Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old. All 2-D work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Canvases must be wired for hanging. All 3-D work must be able to hang securely on the wall, sit on a shelf, pedestal or the floor. Size limit for this exhibition is 40 x 40 inches.


Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. Absolutely NO SUBSTITUTIONS of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

The gallery will take 40% commission on any work sold. Work not for sale must be marked “NFS"; no Price on request, ”POR" sales.

The fee is $40 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All entries must be submitted electronically. Judging will be done entirely from JPEGs. No other formats will be accepted. JPEGs should be at least 600 pixels but not greater than 1200 pixels in either direction. Maximum file size for any individual image is 2 MB. The size given for works should be the framed size. *Height must be given before width regardless of whether the work is a vertical or a horizontal. Entry form must be filled out completely. Your payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in this prospectus. 

IMAGE LABELING: JPEG images MUST BE labeled as follows:

LAST Name_FIRST Name_The number that corresponds with that work's placement on the Entry Form (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) smith_joe_1.jpg

Files mislabeled or lacking the artist's name will not be viewed by the juror.

DELIVERY OF WORK: Hand-delivered work will be accepted at the gallery ONLY on Saturday June 22, 11-4 and Sunday, June 23, 11 - 4 PM. Packaging must be removed from the gallery at the time of delivery. 

Shipped work must arrive at the gallery between Wednesday June 12 - Saturday, June 22, in a reusable container. A computer-generated return label for return of work MUST be enclosed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through UPS or FedEx websites. NO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OR COD RETURNS. DO NOT SEND CASH, CHECK, STAMPS, OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FOR RETURN OF WORK. Keep in mind the gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday and will not be able to accept deliveries on those days.

Artworks that do not arrive by June 23 will not be hung.  No exceptions will be made.

RETURN: Hand-delivered work must be picked up on July 27-28, 12-6 PM. Shipped works will be returned the week of July 29th. The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on pick-up date, after 30 days the gallery may dispose of the work.

LIABILITY: Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish.  440 Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery.

The submission of a work of art to this exhibition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.


May 17      Entry deadline at midnight

June 9                           Notifications sent out by this date

June 12-22                    Receipt of shipped work via UPS or FedEx

June 22-23 .               Hand delivery of work:  11-4 PM

June 24                          Installation

June 26                         Exhibition opens

June 29                         Opening reception 5-8 PM

July 26                           Exhibition closes

July 27                           Pickup of hand-delivered work: 12-6 PM

July 28                           Pickup of hand-delivered work: 12-6 PM

Week of July 29            Return of shipped work via UPS or FedEx