Prospectus - “Portraits” Juried Open Call: July 2-31, 2021


Exhibition title/theme: “Portrait”

The Art of Portraiture: Representing oneself or a subject through a creative medium involves more than merely capturing a likeness. These often surprising but always revealing works reflect physical, emotional, and even spiritual connections that can inform and challenge expectations. Queen City 15 Gallery invites artists to interpret this theme with traditional and nontraditional approaches. Whether artist, subject, or observer, everyone has a story. 

Location: 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Show Dates: July 2 through 31

Opening Reception: Saturday July 3, 4:00 to 6:00pm

Submission Deadline: Midnight (EST) Friday May 14, 2021

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Artwork should be submitted digitally via

with all required and pertinent information included.



Open Call – artists 18 years and older living in the United States are invited to submit up to six works of original fine art for juror consideration.

All media will be considered.

Work must be original artwork (no reproduction prints, example: a giclee of a watercolor) 

Work must be submitted by the artist.

Work must not have been previously exhibited at Queen City 15 Gallery.  

Work must be professionally presented: wired and ready to hang. Hangers such as velcro or sawtooth hangers may disqualify work from being included. The gallery reserves the right to reject works that are not ready to hang or differ from the digital representation submitted. 

Size: The maximum (framed) width is 38 inches, maximum height is 50 inches.

3d work must fit through a standard doorway ~30 inches wide x 6 feet.

Work may be hand delivered or shipped. All work must be for sale. All works must be clearly labeled with the artist name somewhere on the piece. Orientation of artwork should be indicated if not obvious.


Submission  Fee: A  $20.00 entry fee for the first 2 pieces and $5 per each additional piece for up to 6 entries total will be collected at time of submission by


Juror of Selection: William A. Harris serves as deputy director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. He has spent twenty-five years as an archivist and manager of Presidential archives and museums, including a decade in the Office of Presidential Libraries in Washington, DC. While there, he led teams developing the Clinton and Bush 43 Presidential Libraries for the National Archives and served as program coordinator for major projects at the Kennedy and Nixon Libraries, among others. His research interests focus on portraiture. His recent comparative assessment of 20th century portraitists Ellen Emmet Rand and Polish artist Tade Styka appeared in Ellen Emmet Rand: Gender, Art, and Business, a volume in Bloomsbury Press's Contextualizing the Art Markets series. His personal collecting efforts focus on early to mid-20th century portraiture including Ellen Emmet Rand and more recently the Belgian magical realist, Frans Van Ermengem.


Presentation: All artwork will be hung in the gallery’s physical space as well as an online web gallery, and a video presentation of the work on social media.


Promotion: A digital promotional postcard will be supplied by the gallery for all participants to use for promotional purposes. Queen City 15 Gallery will promote exhibition via online and print media through press releases and online event scheduling. The show will also be promoted through the gallery’s social media and email accounts.


Notification: Friday, May 24, 2021 via email 


Delivery of Artwork by hand: Queen City 15 Gallery, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY,  Friday June 18, 3-6pm, Saturday June 19, 12-6pm. Or by appointment.


Delivery of Artwork by shipping: Shipped artwork must include prepaid return shipping, reusable packaging and arrive at the shipping address by June 20. Shipping address will be supplied upon notification of inclusion. ***Do not ship to the gallery address.***


Pick-Up of Artwork: Pick-up dates are August 6-7, August 13-14, during normal open hours (Fri 3-6pm, Sat noon-6pm),  unless prior arrangements have been made. Artwork left after 14 days of the pick-up date will be charged a $5.00 per day storage fee. Any item left longer than 90 days after the last pick-up date will be considered forfeit by the owner and property of the gallery to dispose of as it sees best.


Return Shipment of Artwork: Unsold artwork will be shipped to the artist at the end of August.


Liability: Queen City 15, LLC will not be responsible individually or collectively for damage or loss, regardless of the cause to any artwork submitted under this agreement for exhibition and or sale at Queen City 15 Gallery. Artist releases Queen City 15, LLC from all liability with respect to loss or damage to the artist’s works of art. It is suggested that artists carry their own insurance. Artists give permission for their work to be photographed for promotional purposes and do not hold the gallery responsible for any unauthorized photography.