Call for Artwork: ‘Silver’ an Exhibition and Fundraiser for the Santa Fe Community Galle

Editor | - January 10, 2013

"This auction/exhibit is a celebration of the Santa Fe Arts Commission’s 25 years of service to the Santa Fe community..."

From a City of Santa Fe Arts Commission press release...

The City of Santa Fe Community Gallery announces “Silver,” an art exhibition to raise funds to support continued exhibits and programming for the Community Gallery.  Local artists are encouraged to support the Community Gallery to enhance programming options as we move into our fifth year of operation supporting local art and artists. 

"Silver" will be a two-week-long exhibit held in the Community Gallery from February 8 –22, 2013.  All New Mexico artists are invited to donate two pieces of artwork for sale, with all proceeds going to support the Community Gallery.  The mission of the Community Gallery is to promote, exhibit and sell the work of local New Mexico artists while simultaneously bringing art to the community and the community to art.  This auction/exhibit is a celebration of the Santa Fe Arts Commission’s 25 years of service to the Santa Fe community and, as a result, all pieces will be priced at $25 each.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I participate?
The Community Gallery has been a local exhibition resource for local artists since 2008 and has displayed the work of more than 1,000 New Mexico artists and sold more than  $65,000 worth of local art to collectors from around the world. This is an opportunity to offer your support of the gallery by donating artwork to a great cause. 


How do I enter my artwork?
Create art per the dimensional description below and submit it with your work to the Gallery on February 7th 2013.  In order to complete your submission, please contact Rod Lambert at, to receive a digital form.  Please fill out both the left and right side of the entry form for each individual artwork (each artist is limited to the submission of two artworks) and submit the form with your entry upon delivery. Mailed entries can be sent to:

Auction Art/Community Gallery
PO Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504

When do I deliver my artwork?
Artwork will be delivered to the Community Gallery on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Can I enter more than one piece?
Yes, however each artist is asked to submit no more than two pieces.

Can my piece be 3D?
Yes, all work must fit into a 25 x 25” square.  Please keep in mind that ALL PIECES will be hung with pushpins or small nails in the gallery and therefore, should either be able to be pinned to the wall or hung with clips to wires in the gallery.  Please consider weight when creating your art.

Should my artwork be framed?
Please don’t frame your artwork, it will give you less space to be creative.  Maximize those dimensions!

Do the measurements include a border or mat?  Can my artwork be smaller than the specified dimensions?
The external dimensions must be exactly 25” square including border and mat.  Smaller pieces may be mounted to rigid paper or board with 25” square dimensions.  Installation is based on a grid layout and artwork must be 25 x 25” for exhibit consistency. 

Can I submit my 2 pieces as a diptych?
Of course, however we cannot ensure that your pieces will be hung together or in order, but we will try to install them together, if possible.  We cannot accommodate vertical sequences, however.  Please number your artworks if you want to ensure them to be hung together in the proper order.

How will the work be installed?
All artwork will be hung in the order it is received.

Is video allowed?

May I cut a hole in the wall for my artwork?
No, unfortunately our spackle budget is very limited.

If my piece does not sell during the exhibition, will I get it back?
Unfortunately no, all remaining pieces will be kept after the exhibit closes, your donation is valuable to us!

Will all the artworks be for sale?
Yes, with all proceeds to support the continued efforts of Community Gallery programming.

What other restrictions are there for artworks?
No glitter, please.  Unfixed charcoal or pastels should have a cover for protection of it and other works.

Where do the proceeds for sales go?
All proceeds benefit the Community Gallery’s general budget to help maintain programming and exhibits.

Will all work be displayed during the run of the exhibit?
No, we want the collectors to be able to enjoy your artwork instantly.  The minute they are purchased, they are able to take them home and display them there.  First come, first served!

Will the artists know who purchased their artwork?
The sales receipt will be the right half of the entry form you submit so the buyer can contact the artist if they would like to.  When submitting, it is important to include as much information as possible on your entry form so that the buyer can contact you.

The Santa Fe Arts Commission provides leadership for the City in supporting arts and cultural affairs. In this role, the Arts Commission recommends programs and policies that promote artistic excellence in the community. The Arts Commission nurtures and supports Santa Fe’s unique artistic and cultural heritage. "Silver" continues an over 25-year legacy of commitment to Santa Fe artists.