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2021 Call for Entries Guidelines



The Salt Lake City Arts Council, located in Reservoir Park, is an art gallery which programs visual arts exhibits year-round in the Finch Lane Gallery. Both established and emerging artists are invited to apply for exhibits annually. The exhibition program is designed to: give Utah-based artists an opportunity to exhibit a current body of work, explore exhibition themes or media relevant to the community and field of arts at large, and foster the development of curatorial skills through exhibition production and collaboration. The application process includes a thorough and competitive review by the Visual Arts Committee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

This application process is to select artists for the 2021 exhibition schedule, which will run January 15 through November 19, 2021.

Exhibitions at the Finch Lane Gallery are scheduled for six weeks in duration in two exhibitions spaces (West Gallery and East Gallery). Artists accepted for exhibition of their new work should be aware that their show may be scheduled to open as early as January 2021 or as late as October 2021.


East Gallery

  • Approximately 918 square feet
  • Walls 100” high
  • Multiple pedestals (varying sizes) for 3D work

West Gallery

  • Approximately 550 square feet
  • Walls 100” high
  • Multiple pedestals (varying sizes) for 3D work 


The Arts Council welcomes proposals from Utah-based artists for solo exhibitions, group shows, or curated exhibits. The Arts Council promotes equity that includes all people, and encourages those who have been historically underrepresented to apply, specifically in regards to gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political affiliation, or mental or physical disability. All visual arts media including new genres are accepted. Artwork submitted must be original.


The Arts Council will manage any sales of the artwork during the exhibition at the Finch Lane Gallery and will retain a 30% commission for any artwork sold. Artwork that is sold may not be removed until the exhibition closes. Work does not have to be for sale. Proceeds from any sales will be reinvested into the Finch Lane Gallery Visual Arts Program.


The Salt Lake City Arts Council will be responsible for the final selection of artwork, exhibition installation, insurance, printing and mailing of announcements, opening reception, gallery strolls, press releases, and management of sales. Each artist will receive an honorarium of $250 for the exhibition of their work. In the case of a group show, the honorarium will go the exhibition curator or organizer.

Artists will be responsible for providing biographical materials, an artist statement, and several color images of different works that will be featured in the exhibition for marketing purposes. Artists should be prepared to submit these items several weeks prior to their exhibition opening date. An artwork consignment sheet will be delivered by the artist to the gallery up to three weeks before the exhibition. All artwork must delivered a week before the exhibition opening date, and be labeled and ready to install upon delivery. Two-dimensional work will potentially utilize the gallery hanging system and, in some cases, artists will be required to participate in the installation of their works for methods of installation or materials that require additional assistance. In the case of digital media, artists may be required to provide equipment for the exhibition of their work. Works selected for exhibitions may not be withdrawn for any reason during the run of the exhibition and must be picked up immediately following the exhibition’s closing date. Artists are encouraged to attend the opening reception and gallery strolls, and are invited to give a brief artist talk about their work at the opening reception.


Applications are reviewed by the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee, which is comprised of Arts Council board members, Arts Council staff, and artists who have recently exhibited work at the Finch Lane Gallery. The Salt Lake City Arts Council strives to make the application and selection process fair and equitable, and incorporates equity practices into the selection of the Visual Arts Committee members and the review process of applications.  

The Committee will review the following:

  • Artist demonstrates strong technical, conceptual, and/or aesthetic skills in the execution of their work;
  • Artist has an authentic relationship to the content and/or community involved in the work, and themes addressed in the exhibition feel relevant and deeply considered;
  • Artist proposes new works that have not been exhibited elsewhere, or have not been exhibited in Utah within the past year;
  • Artist’s ability to produce the proposed exhibition within the given timeline; 
  • Diversity of expression and balance of media for the exhibition calendar year; 
  • Completeness and clarity of the application.

The Committee and Arts Council staff reserve the right to make final decisions on which works are appropriate for a gallery within a publicly funded space.


Artists will be notified of their proposal status no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. 


Proposals must be submitted through https://slcartscouncil.submittable.com/submit. There is no fee to apply.

To be considered for an exhibition, applicants must be residents of Utah and submit all the required materials. Emailed, mailed, or hand delivered materials will not be accepted. Only completed applications will be considered. The Arts Council will not notify artists regarding disqualifications where guidelines are not followed. All applicants who submit completed applications will receive notification of their application status no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. 


  1. Artist Statement (100-400 words)
  2. Exhibition Proposal (approx. 300 words) This may include the general concept for the show, techniques used, the medium and scale in which you work, evolution of your work, or inspiration behind your show.
  3. List of all artists proposed (if group exhibition)
  4. Resume/CV for the lead artist, not to exceed two pages, and short bios for all other artists. Please include all information in one attachment.
  5. Work Samples: representative samples of proposed work for the exhibition, or images of recent work that demonstrate artist’s practice. 

Digital Images:

  • Please include 5-10 images. If more than 2 artists, include 2-3 images per artist; 
  • Images must be jpgs; 
  • Each file must include artist's name, title of work, medium, date produced, dimensions, and indicate if work has been exhibited in other Salt Lake City venues in the past year. This information is requested in the form upon image upload; 
  • Image dimensions of at least 1,000 pixels or larger in either height or width is preferred.

Video samples:

  • Include no more than 3 samples;
  • Video samples should be a maximum of 2 minutes;
  • Each file must include artist’s name, title of work (if applicable), date produced, and total run time (samples should be a maximum of 2 minutes). This information is requested in the form upon video upload.


Please contact Sarah Hobin, Visual Arts and Community Outreach Manager, if you have any questions about submitting your proposal.

Sarah Hobin



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