Friday, August 3, 2012

Baang and Burne Contemporary Call for New Artists 2012

For Baang and Burne Contemporary’s 2012 exhibition season, we’ve decided, once again, to do something a bit unconventional. We are hosting an international open call to artists.

Just to be clear, we are not doing an open call for a juried group exhibition; we’re looking to sign new artists to our gallery for inclusion in exhibitions, projects, and events for the 2012-2014 seasons.
We want to find artists whose work we admire, and help to promote and sell their work for the next two years.  The fact that their art will be featured in an exhibition in New York City is really just the icing on a very sweet cake.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2012.

FEE: $45 

Why the Fee?

You learn a lot when you decide to open an art gallery.  First lesson—everything costs much more money than you thought it would.  

Bottom line:  We need to charge a fee to cover our costs or we’d have to forget about doing the open call all together. In the end we decided we didn’t love the idea of charging artists money, but absolutely hated the idea of not getting to see the exciting work you are making. The lesser of two evils: We’re charging a $45 fee.  A relatively small pill to swallow considering how much more opportunities you will have when you have a team behind you and your work.


Open to all artists, age 18+, who wish to be considered for a two year representation contract with the gallery. All submitted artwork must be available and for sale.


Entries will only be accepted online:
Artists should submit 8 images of their most recent artwork, an artist statement (150 word maximum), a CV, and if possible a URL to their website.

Baang + Burne will only be accepting entries submitted through this system. E-mail or mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Every submission will be personally considered and reviewed by Baang + Burne Gallery Directors Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso and Associate Director Erin Skaryak.


Baang + Burne Contemporary is an unconventional art gallery directed by contemporary artists Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso. Our gallery aims to challenge the premise of what an art gallery can be. We’re interested in engaging the world at large and presenting work that generates dialogue critically, socially, and culturally.

In the first 16 months of Baang + Burne Contemporary’s existence, we experimented with apartment shows, private “invitation only” events, and 6x6, an art version of a music festival. For 6x6 we presented six exhibitions in six weeks in Chelsea, NYC, bringing together unexpected alliances and partnerships from various creative fields outside the art world and from non-profit arts organizations.

We are committed to asking challenging questions and using the gallery to continually experiment so that we may find the new solutions for both artists and collectors. Baang and Burne Contemporary is designed to continually challenge and constantly innovate. Our Mission is to make art the agent and not merely the product.

So here you have it: This is what we do.  This is why we do it.  If that trips your trigger, send us your work.  Let’s make something exceptional happen.


Contact the gallery by e-mail at for more information or if you have questions regarding the open call, exhibitions, or this prospectus.