All artist who reach the point when they are ready to display their completed work. No matter the medium, they need to ensure that the work is ‘exhibition ready’. This means that 39 West Gallery has a clear understanding how your work is to be displayed, and all the materials needed for display are included in your submission when you drop off your work at the gallery. For complex installations, it may be required that you are on site to set up your work.
All artwork should come appropriately labeled so that we will be able to place your art into our inventory system. You may chose to leave a card on the back of the piece with your information or a pricing sheet with photos. Please include your name, title of artwork, medium completed, and price.
Painting on Stretched Canvas
All paintings on canvas must have a proper hanging wire attached to the back of the painting so that the painting can be hung easily on the wall. Please ensure that the wire is sufficiently taught so as to ensure that it hangs properly and level. A good rule of thumb is to place it a 1⁄4 of the way down.
Some works may require framing (i.e. drawings, prints, photographs, canvas boards, etc.), 39 West Gallery will not cover the cost of framing. Framing is the responsibility of the artist /artist representative. Like stretched canvas paintings, please ensure that there is a proper hook or wire so that the frame can be hung.
Paper Based Artworks
In some instances, artists prefer to have paper based artworks displayed outside of a frame. If your artwork is displayed in an unconventional manner, please ensure that all the materials are included for display (i.e. nails for magnets to attach to, or clips, etc.). A photograph illustrating how your work is displayed, with instructions is helpful to ensure your work is installed as intended.
* We do NOT accept works done on cardboard, poster board, or foam core.
Artworks in Series
Please be advised that if your work is part of a series, scale is an important consideration, as not all pieces may be included if they are large. Typically, accommodating series that are smaller in nature are easier to incorporate into the exhibition. Please provide detailed instructions illustrating the order in which the images are to be installed. All images should be clearly labelled to facilitate the installation process. All materials necessary to install the series must also be provided by the artist or artist representative.
Sculpture/ Installation Art
Sculptural works come in a variety of different dimensions, and ways in which they are to be displayed. When submitting your work to the gallery, please indicate your preferred method of display (i.e. is it to be placed on the floor or on a plinth). Please be reminded that sculptural work should have a foot print no larger than approximately 60 cm x 60 cm (or 2 ft x 2 ft) and installation art can vary in size (we prefer work within a 6ft x 6ft radius) and is up to the discretion of the gallery. Most instillation art will have to be hung or displayed on site, with the Artist and Artistic Director.
Videos are welcome. Please submit your file as an *.mp4 file directly to the exhibition organizers so that a master disk can be created prior to the exhibition. All video submissions will be strung together and looped on a single monitor.
Technology Based Artworks / New Media
39 West Gallery does not have access to all technologies that can be used to create various artworks. It may be necessary for you to leave your technology at the exhibition space for the duration of the show. It may also require you to come in and set up the work and ensure that all aspects of the work are functioning properly. You will also need to instruct the curatorial staff as to how to set up and run your equipment. The Gallery is not responsible for the equipment while the work is at the gallery exhibition (from the point of drop off to the gallery to the point of pick up after the show).