Visual Arts

Get your art in front of influential people in the art world as they consider your work for exhibition opportunities at Pen and Brush



Pen + Brush works with an impressive network of art world professionals to elevate underrepresented women artists and provide meaningful exhibition opportunities.  Submit your work and be considered by art professionals, serving as P+B curators, for a variety of exhibition opportunities in our gallery.

Curatorial selection is the basis of P+B’s exhibitions:  Curators have the option of selecting an artist's work for any type of exhibition they would like to curate, including but not limited to:  solo, group, interactive, survey, themed.  Artists selected by a curator will be contacted to discuss the nature of the selection and for exhibition scheduling. 

Artists included in any curator’s specific exhibition will be considered for P+B’s Artist Roster, from which P+B staff will create additional exhibits throughout the year.  P+B will review her existing body of work, discuss her new work, other exhibitions she may be in, determine what additional exhibition opportunities might be viable and fit into our exhibition schedule in the coming months.  Exhibitions developed from our selected artist roster are at the sole discretion of Pen and Brush staff.

To be considered for our curatorial process, work must be professional level contemporary art and reflective of the standards of the field. Above all, we are committed to a selection program that is a merit-based opportunity in order to advocate for gender parity in the arts.  For further clarification please consult the following resources:

If work does not meet these standards it will not be accepted for into our system for curator consideration. Please read the above standards carefully and be sure your work fits the criteria your portfolio will be rejected. Portfolios that do meet these standards will be accepted into our system to be considered by curators working with us during your submission period.

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Visual Artists: Submission Guidelines

Open Rolling Submission / No Entry Deadlines / No Application Fees

We are accepting entries and our visual arts curators are considering work for exhibitions on a continual basis.

Work for Consideration

All forms of contemporary visual art will be accepted for consideration. No size limitations. All work(s) submitted for consideration must be professionally executed and photographed and must also be available for exhibition and for sale.

Submission Details

Portfolios of works by artists will be submitted for consideration in electronic form only. Artists may submit a minimum of 6 works and a maximum of 12 works for review by our rotating pool of curators for a period of 6 months. Only one submission will be accepted per artist at a time. An artist statement and C.V. must be uploaded with your submission.

*Minimum number of 6 works required for submission are waived for large-scale sculpture and installations.

Submitted images should be high resolution at 300dpi and in jpeg format. The quality should be high enough for curators to see fine details in the submitted work.

Video and other digital art should be optimized for web viewing when submitted for review. Arrangements to obtain higher quality versions will be made if a work is accepted for a show.

Time Period for Submissions

When a work is submitted to us, you will be notified if your portfolio has been accepted within 14 days of submission. Accepted portfolios are kept in our system for a period of six months.

At the beginning of the submission process, you will be asked to agree to the terms of submitting and exhibiting with Pen and Brush in the event that your work is accepted and selected for an exhibition.

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