UMVA Gallery at PMC 2020 Exhibition Application

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UMVA Gallery

The UMVA Gallery at PMC (Portland Media Center) accepts proposals to exhibit work from all UMVA member visual artists and curators*. We schedule monthly exhibitions throughout the year. The UMVA Portland Chapter executive board and its membership seek to exhibit artists from diverse ages and backgrounds. We particularly encourage young and immigrant artists living in Maine to propose and exhibit fresh and dynamic work. Exhibits by more than one artist are encouraged.


The UMVA Gallery at PMC is cooperatively maintained by member artists. Juried shows by guest curators and open exhibits of its members’ work offer additional opportunities. This year, two “thematic open call” exhibitions are added to the roster and members can propose to coordinate and choose their theme using this proposal format. Located in the heart of the “arts district” on Congress Street, our gallery offers ample space for visual artists and curators to have an impact in Portland’s art scene. Nine months are available for proposed exhibitions…June, November and December are not available.


It is advisable for the Curator/Coordinator to visit the gallery space to see the layout and amount of wall space available. All wall-hung types of artworks can be accommodated. Free-standing sculpture must be positioned against a gallery wall (Fire Code). UMVA does not have sculpture plinths, and equipment for video art would have to be supplied by the exhibit’s Curator/Coordinator.


Note: Since the UMVA Portland Chapter is funded only by its members’ annual dues, it does not have the financial resources to underwrite any artist or curator’s exhibit. Of course, in exceptional cases, the UMVA Portland Chapter may assist the artist or curator in finding needed financial support.


All requested materials for proposals must be received through September 1, 2019 for the 2020 Calendar Year and can be submitted via email to: Gregg Harper – Note: Late and/or incomplete proposals cannot be reviewed.


Please follow the steps enumerated below for your submission:


Proposer Name(s): ________________________________________________________

Proposer Contact Info:    ___________________________________________________




Proposed Exhibition Title:   ________________________________________________



Is this a solo exhibition? _____


Are you the Exhibition “Curator(s)” who will:


____ Select from the submissions those artworks to be exhibited;

____ The roster of artists to be exhibited is pre-determined;


and facilitate the exhibition installation?


Are you the exhibition “Coordinator” who will accept all submissions (as specified by you in the exhibition “Call”) and facilitate exhibition installation? _____


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UMVA Gallery


Exhibition Proposal Information and Review Process:


Submission of a one-page description of the proposed exhibit accompanied by 5 digital imagesThe proposal should also indicate 1st and 2nd preferred months for exhibiting, as well as curatorial and publicity plans for presenting and publicizing the exhibit (specific curatorial and adequate publicity plans enhance the success of the proposal). UMVA Gallery at PMC can provide press release samples and press contacts. In addition, UMVA offers reimbursement for up to $150 in receipted expenses related to vinyl wall labels, posters/cards and publicity).

  1. Presentation of the proposal at the September monthly meeting. Contact UMVA Portland Chapter to arrange the time of the proposal presentation: Gregg Harper – All Portland Chapter meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6-8pm.

  2. Attendance at the UMVA Portland Chapter meeting the month prior to the exhibit, during the month of the exhibit and the month following the exhibit: this facilitates ongoing evaluation of the Gallery’s exhibits.

  3. Arrangement for hanging and taking down the show as well as filling nail holes and painting walls.

  4. Arrangement for light food and beverages for the exhibit opening held on the evening of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk.

  5. Provision of a brief report or commentary on the exhibit, the space and other matters to be submitted in person and/or in writing at the monthly meeting following the exhibi

  6. The Curator/Coordinator is responsible for the arrangement of the schedule for sitting the exhibit during hours the Gallery is open – at a minimum, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm.

  7. The UMVA Portland Chapter will share the exhibit proposal with its membership and reply by email with its decision in 6-8 weeks from the time of the proposal presentation. If proposed exhibit is accepted, the exhibitor(s) is expected to be/become a member of the UMVA and agree to share 25% of the exhibit sales with UMVA. This commission supports the expenses of maintaining the gallery.


Note: UMVA is not liable for damage or theft of artworks and curators and artists are invited to insure their own work if desired. Building access, security details and other PMC regulations addressed with artist/curator by PMC gallery support staff.


*You can join UMVA at the time you submit your proposal: