Please read the Artist Guidelines below and then CLICK HERE to begin your application.
For many years the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery has been known for the fine quality of arts and crafts offered for sale by our participating artists. To maintain and improve on these high standards, we have compiled the following rules and guidelines.
1. Each artist is required to be a member of the Beaufort Historical Association, our support organization, and to renew annually (Contributor level, $35, or greater).
2. New art must be juried. This includes new art forms from current exhibiting artists. The artworks presented for hanging in the gallery must be consistent, in nature and in quality, with the works presented for jurying. If they are not consistent, we reserve the right to ask the artist to replace the work.
3. ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. No reproductions. No limited-edition prints. No craft kit items are permitted. No canvas wrapped prints. We only accept fine crafts.
4. Each artist is limited to THREE framed and FIVE matted pieces or unframed boards. These limits may be lowered if the pieces are over 36” on one side. Three-dimensional work is limited according to space available, and some may be placed in storage until needed. Number of three-dimensional pieces allowed in the gallery per artist will be determined on a case-by-case bases by the art gallery committee.
5. All flatwork must be properly framed and matted to gallery standards. See “Guidelines for Inventory and Display” below.
6. To maintain a fresh appearance in the gallery, we ask that artists rotate their work every few months. Items displayed for over one year must be removed, or they become property of the gallery to be used as donations for various auctions and fundraisers throughout the years.
7. We have a hanging committee who work regularly. Please do not hang your own work.
8. Artists are responsible for preparing and keeping their inventory cards up-to-date with mailing address, phone number, and email address. Artists are also asked to provide business cards, resume, or other information for our Book of Artists.
9. Commission is 35% unless the artist serves as a volunteer in the gallery. It will be reduced to 25% for those who volunteer 12 times a year. It is the ARTIST’S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the gallery about scheduling hours to meet this requirement.
10. Our gallery is run totally by volunteers. We, therefore, encourage all of our artists to volunteer and help us keep the gallery open six days a week throughout the year. This way we can sell even more artwork!
11. Our method of calculating payment to the artist is as follows:
– (selling price X 65% or 75%) = payment to artist
12. The gallery committee may refuse to display work that is inappropriate for our Gallery. Furthermore, artwork may be rejected if the guidelines have not been followed.
13. Although all work will be treated with great care, the Gallery and the BHA will not be responsible for theft, breakage, or damage.
GUIDELINES TO ENTER ART FOR JURYING
- Please read our Rules & Guidelines for Juried Artists first. The jury may refuse to accept work that is not properly framed or packaged.
- ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. No reproductions. No limited-edition prints. No craft kit items are permitted. We accept only fine crafts.
- Provide a selection of three to five works that demonstrate the variety and quality of your work. Art will be judged on the artist’s body of work and if accepted, three of the juried pieces will be hung in the gallery.
- Prepare Jury Form listing works that you will be leaving to be juried.
- You will be notified after jurying about acceptance.
- Submissions of work to be juried are accepted via e-mail.
- Walk-in submissions will be looked at By Appointment Only.
- There are no jurying fees.
GUIDELINES FOR INVENTORY AND DISPLAY
We seek to offer quality products in professional displays. To ensure uniformity throughout the Gallery, we have compiled the following guidelines:
1. The artist must assign a number to every art item entered and list each separately on the artist’s inventory card. This includes notecards, jewelry, and ornaments. It is impossible to keep track of sales otherwise.
2. Frames and glass must be clean and sturdy. For secure hanging, we require proper wiring. No monofilament line. No saw tooth hangers.
3. Matted work should be covered with shrink wrap or acetate sleeves that fit snugly.
4. Gallery tags should be secured to the front of all flatwork. Each tag must display an inventory number that corresponds to a number on the inventory card. A sticker or other tag on the back of the work should also indicate the artist’s name (no initials), inventory number of the item, and sales price. It is suggested that the artist’s business card be attached to the back also.
5. Sticker price tags should be attached to each craft item. Each tag should have the artist’s last name (no initials), inventory number of item, and price. Please use only small, WHITE stickers when available.
6. Notecards displayed individually must be in appropriate sleeves, not in sandwich bags. The sleeves should fit tightly or be adjusted to the proper size. Sets of multiple note cards should be in boxes. If the artist does not have a source for obtaining sleeves or clear boxes, check with the Gallery for suggestions.
1. The Jurying Committee will review all art in the gallery twice a year to ensure that the gallery’s standards continue to be met and that new work is of the same caliber as the three pieces originally juried in. The committee will contact artists if certain pieces should to be replaced.