Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Sweet Briar College welcomes proposals for solo or group exhibitions to be held in the gallery spaces on campus. Exhibition proposals are accepted from Nov. 15 to Jan.15, with review of proposals taking place Feb. 1 of each year. Exhibitions are typically scheduled one to two years in advance. Priority will be given to proposals that fit within the mission statement of the Gallery and the College.

To propose an exhibition please submit the following information to Clare van Loenen at cvanloenen@sbc.edu by Jan. 15.

The proposal should include the following:

  1. A one-page proposal outlining the theme of the exhibition with a title and the name of the artist(s) involved.  In your description, please discuss how this exhibition is appropriate for Sweet Briar College.
  2. Ten digital images of artwork that represent the work or the types of works that would be included in the proposed exhibition. Please include dimensions, materials of artwork, and any special installation requirements.
  3. A one-page resume of the artist or curator of proposed exhibition
  4. A one-page artist’s statement or curatorial statement pertaining to the proposed exhibition

Sweet Briar College will provide a reception for the exhibition that is open to the public.  The College will also advertise the exhibition through digital and print media.  Sweet Briar College will insure all artwork while on campus.

The artist and/or curator will be responsible for the transportation of artwork to and from Sweet Briar College. The College will assist with transportation and cost of shipping if the budget allows.

All artwork must be ready to install upon arrival at the gallery.

Sweet Briar College Gallery Mission

The Sweet Briar College Art Collection and Galleries support the academic curriculum and the cultural life of the college by providing, for teaching and study purposes, a permanent collection of original works of art and by the presentation of exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection or loaned works. Primarily serving Sweet Briar students and professors, the permanent collection, associated exhibitions, and related programs also support the College’s outreach to alumnae, prospective students, peer institutions, and the general public, and provide service to the broader regional and educational community. They maintain as their core purpose 1) the support of classroom and experiential learning and the stimulation and advancement of research in the variety of the humanities disciplines; 2) the inspiration of creative work across all the arts: and 3) the cultivation of an appreciation for and understanding of the visual arts within the scope of a liberal arts education.