Thank you for your interest in OPEN16. Please read the guidelines in full .

There are four main parts to OPEN16 guidelines:









FEBRUARY 28, 2016 - Submission Deadline (11:59PM)

MARCH  7, 2016 - Notification of selected artists

MARCH 25, 2016 - Deadline delivery of art work to FRONT art space

MARCH 28 to APRIL 22, 2016 - Show on view

ARPIL 14, 2016 - Closing reception

MAY 22, 2016 - Deadline to pick up work if dropped off in person

APRIL 29, 2016 - Deadline to submit high-resolution images if part of selection of 20 for printed publication

AUGUST 30, 2016 - Approximate date publication will be available



Any artist/creative individual over the age of 18 is eligible to submit works for consideration. We require original art pieces created in the last 4 years. 


OPEN16 has a size limitation of 60" x 60" 


REGULAR ENTRY FEE: $25 for up to 5 submissions. +$5 for every additional image. Why a fee? Because it takes a lot of time, money and effort to organize these events. Perhaps one day we can find a donor who will be willing to be a patron of our gallery so we don't have to charge artists to participate. 


While one work will be the minimum, there is no limit as to the number of works to submit. We encourage you to submit between four (4) and seven (7) works so that the guest juror and the selection committee gains insight into your artistic pursuits.





In an effort to conserve resources, FRONT art space accepts only digital submissions for consideration: images and entry form. FRONT will retain submitted images of all selected artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and promotional materials.

Images must be sent via email to: In the subject line please include: OPEN16 First Name - Last. See image below:

Images must meet the following specifications:


Please name all of your entry files as follows:

artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number from the entry form

Example: Smith_John_1.jpg.

There is no need to include any other information in the file name such as title, media, year, etc. - you will include any and all technical information in the body of the email.

Additional Detail Images  - If you think it is absolutely necessary to submit detail(s) to support a particular piece, you are welcome to do so; just be sure not to miss adding ‘detail’ to the name of your file. Otherwise, the entry system will count it as an additional entry and it will charge a corresponding fee. Please limit your detail images to two per entry. 

Example: Smith_John_1_detail1.jpg

Please make a note on the Notes section of the Entry Form if you are submitting detail images.

There is no need to submit resume, C.V., or bio at this stage of the call. If you are notified as being one of the finalists, we will ask you then to provide us with these documents.


Format - Entry image files should be in High Quality JPG Format ONLY, In Full Color.

Files in TIFF, PDF, RAW, or any other format other than JPG will be automatically disqualified.

Size – Entry image files should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13'') and be exactly 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size. No file bigger than 3mb will be accepted. 

Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include any text on the borders, unless it is considered part of the actual work.


FRONT art space requests that all video or interactive submissions be in the format of a link to a viewable online copy of each work. The sample should be shown online in its full length. It is understood that online versions of video files may be of lower quality due to file compression and/or Internet formatting.

Please note that a .JPEG still image should still be submitted along with the link and listed in the entry form.  FRONT art space will represent video works via still images in publications, so please be selective on your video stills. Please email us if you have any uncertainty about this at with the subject line AV-Question.

Links to video support materials should be provided on the entry form for each entry in the "Notes" section on the form, and should link directly to online streaming content that does NOT require a password or membership to view. YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or similar platforms will be acceptable. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the jury's viewing of the work. Any extraneous information, or material not considered to be "the work" itself will detract from the jury’s score for that submission.

Please ensure that links to video material remain valid/active through the notification of jury results.





1st PLACE: A solo show at FRONT art space gallery and 2nd floor studio + $100
2nd PLACE: $200
3rd PLACE: $100

SELECTION OF  5-10:  Selected from the 20 finalists, five to ten artists will be part of an digital art discussion featuring notable historians, art critiques, and or gallery owners. This conversation will be audio recorded and will be part of a series of discussions available for anyone to listen to. 

20 FINALISTS: Will be included in a printed publication and online exhibition. The 20 finalists will receive a free copy of the printed book.


EXHIBITING at FRONT art space:
The artist selected to participate in OPEN16 at FRONT art space in NYC must deliver original pieces of art, created in the last 4 years, in ready-to-install condition. All pieces MUST be available for sale. Every piece's delivery must comply with standards of professional presentation and craftsmanship. Works not complying with any these requirements will be omitted from the exhibition.

Work may be hand delivered or shipped. If shipping, works must be packed in a reusable container with return shipping prepaid. Works will be returned in the same manner as delivered. All work must be delivered at FRONT art space by the date indicated in the calendar. Work will be on display for the duration of the exhibition indicated in the calendar. If the work was hand delivered, it must be claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibition otherwise it will become the property of FRONT art space. The artist is responsible for all delivery/shipping costs to and from FRONT.

Exhibition Sale of Artwork at FRONT art space:
All work MUST be available for sale for the exhibition. FRONT art space works with a 60% artist - 40% gallery commission on all pieces sold during the exhibition.




By submitting the OPEN16 Entry Form you are in full agreement with the terms and conditions of this open call as outlined in these guidelines. If you don't agree with any of the requirements stated above, please DO NOT submit the entry form.


Please e-mail us any questions or concerns at: with subject line "OPEN 16 - Inquiry". 


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