Call for Art:
Common Objects                February 22 – March 25, 2017 

Union Street Gallery is looking for works for art that engage with the common object. These are the objects we take for granted in our everyday life or know we could not live without. Art for this exhibit should take a moment to reconsider the common object. Artists may reexamine or alter the common object in their work. Submitted works could also provide a lens for the viewer to see the objects in a new perspective. Art should engage with these objects through concept, media, or both.

Juror| Carrie Ann Schumacher
Carrie is a multi-media artist living and working in Chicago. Several of her artistic endeavors play with “common” objects. Her dresses have utilized pages of romance novels to provide commentary on feminine myths. To address our modern perspectives on communication and the impact of how we connect through technology, she incorporates monsters to her imagery.

Awards | TBD based on submissions

DEADLINE| February 4, 2017 11:59pm (through Submittable, no exceptions)
February 4                     Submissions Due
February 8                     Notifications Sent
February 9-11               Drop off work during regular gallery hours
February 14-16            Drop off work during regular gallery hours (Tuesday 12-4pm)
February 16                  Last day for work to arrive if being shipped
Feb 22 – March 25       Exhibit Open
Feb 25                            Reception, time TBD
March 29 – Apr 1           Pick up work
March 31                       Work shipped out with prepaid shipping labels

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

FEES DO NOT NEED TO BE PAID UNTIL YOU ARE ACCEPTED AND CONFIRM YOU PARTICIPATION. $30 for up to three submissions, $20 for up to three submissions by USG Studio or Guild Artists, or USG Members, $10 for up to three submissions from currently enrolled college students (forward a copy of your ID or current tuition statement to  

Submission Process
Please visit to submit artwork for our juried shows. JPEG preferred, but any file type the Submittable platform accepts is fine for the jurying process. JPEGs will be needed for promotion of accepted works. WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS THROUGH THE SUBMISSION WEBSITE – DO NOT EMAIL OR DROP OFF ANY WORK OR PAYMENTS. If you have trouble with the submission site – here is there FAQ for help ( Their phone number is 855-467-8264. 
Image should be the artwork only, no frame unless it is essential to the artwork and do not include your name or any watermark or logo on the image itself.  

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 4pm, February 16th, no exceptions. All accepted entries being hand delivered must arrive by 4pm, February 16th, 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. 

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). 

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. 

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, March 18th. Label can be mailed or emailed. Artwork shipped USPS (postal service) are also required to have a prepaid postage label, NO STAMPS. The gallery does not cover any shipping or postage costs.

The gallery will schedule a pick-up for artwork being shipped UPS or FedEx GROUND ONLY on March 31st, 2017.  Artists using an alternative shipping method * must arrange for the pick-up of their artwork from the gallery on March 31st, 2017 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 March 29th – April 1st 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.