2018 Annual Theme Show:
Below the Surface

July 5 - July 29, 2018   -  Deadline for entry:  Friday, June 1 at midnight EST


What lies below the surface? Is it visible or hidden, more than just a cursory glance? This exhibit will explore ways that artists are interpreting the physical layering of material versus the metaphorical strata of meaning. Show us how—from the simplest drawing to the most complex sculpture—art has the power to invoke something more than what meets the eye.


Juror:  Peter Gynd is an independent curator and fifth generation artist originally from Vancouver, Canada. Gynd studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited in both Canada and the US. Notable exhibitions curated by Gynd include a permanent exhibition at the Foundation Center, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY; Present Company, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; 440 Gallery, NY; the Northside Festival, NY; and at the Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver Canada. Gynd’s exhibitions have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Carnegie Reporter, Blouin Artinfo, and Gothamist. Peter Gynd lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is the director at Lesley Heller Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Eligibility: 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.

Acceptance: 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.

Sales: The gallery will take 30% commission on any work sold. Work not for sale must be marked "N.F.S.". No "P.O.R." sales.

Entry Fee: 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. This includes PowerPoint Presentations or any other imaging software. JPEGs must be 72 dpi, they 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. The gallery will not correct dimension errors. Entry form must be filled out completely. Failure to follow the instructions may result in the nullification of your entry. 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 30, 12-6 and Sunday, July 1, 12 - 6 PM. Packaging must be removed from the gallery at the time of delivery. 

Shipped work must arrive at the gallery Wednesday June 27 - Saturday, June 30, 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.

Return of Work: Hand-delivered work must be picked up on Sunday, July 29, 4 – 7 PM or Monday July 30, 4-8PM. Shipped works will be returned the week of July 30th. 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.


Important Dates

June 1:                       ENTRY DEADLINE AT MIDNIGHT

June 17:                      Notifications sent out by this date
June 27-30:               Receipt of shipped work via UPS or FedEx
June 30, July 1:          Hand delivery of work: 12-6 PM
July 2:                        Installation
July 5:                        Exhibition Opens
July 7:                        Opening Reception 5-8 PM
July 29:                      Exhibition closes at 4 PM
July 29:                      Pickup of hand-delivered work: 4-7 PM
July 30:                      Pickup of hand-delivered work: 4-8 PM
Week of July 30:       Return of shipped work via UPS or FedEx 

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