Brentwood Arts Exchange: Call for Exhibition Proposals

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2018

Deadline: Sat, 14 April 2018

Photo courtesy of Brentwood Arts Exchange.
Deadline: April 14 , 2018

Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking proposals from artists and curators to present exhibitions for available dates November 2018 – December 2020. Solo and group exhibitions are welcome. They support art in all media and forms. Proposals may be for the Main Gallery, Lab Gallery, or both. Proposals will also be considered exhibitions curated in-house.


This call is open to all artists and curators who are 18 years of age or older. There are no other restrictions.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. We focus on connecting audiences with the diverse forms of contemporary art. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, we also present small concerts, film screenings, and classes, and operate a retail store selling functional art and craft by local artists.

The Main Gallery is approximately 2,500 sq. ft. with 1,800 sq. ft. of exhibition space. It features 14 ft. ceilings, LED track lighting, three ceiling-mounted high lumens projectors, acoustic baffling, and white walls.

The Lab Gallery is approximately 700 sq. ft. and can exhibit wall-hung artwork only. Like the main gallery, it has 14 ft. ceilings, LED lighting, and white walls.

All proposals must be submitted online at No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the person responsible for the proposal.
  • An artist/curatorial statement that is no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each person involved in the exhibition.
  • 15-20 images of work samples; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.
  • Proposals may include up to three detail images for three dimensional works and still of time-based works.
  • Information accompanying each artwork including titles, media, size, and year created.

Review of proposals will be led by Brentwood Arts Exchange staff, and may include M-NCPPC Arts and Cultural Heritage Division employees as well as ad hoc community advisors. Exhibitions will be scheduled with a goal of presenting diverse exhibitions of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

They will begin reviewing proposals after the April 14 deadline and work on scheduling exhibitions on an ongoing basis over the next few months. They will confirm receipt but typically do not send formal acceptance and rejection notices because we consider proposals from individuals or small groups for other exhibitions that they’re curating on different timelines. They also sometimes leave later exhibition dates open in between scheduled shows so that we can respond to our community, and often fill those dates from proposals after the initial review and scheduling period is over. They will not decline to exhibit a proposed exhibition because of schedules, they will instead work to find a date that works for everyone involved.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange provides full publicity for all exhibitions, including press releases, email announcements, printed cards, online and printed listings, and corollary events.

When possible, the Brentwood Arts Exchange will provide transportation for artwork only within the Washington, DC region. We do not generally pay for shipping. Exhibitions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks while they are in our custody.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

  • Phil Davis, Countywide Arts Coordinator