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Peninsula School of Art

Call for Proposals: Spotlight Exhibition Series

Location: Wisconsin
Type: Call for Submissions
Visual Arts

Deadline: 04/02/2024

Other Criteria:
No entry fee required
Open to artists nationally
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity ($1000)
Sales opportunity


Peninsula School of Art & Gallery is introducing a new exhibition series spotlighting individual artists in concurrent solo exhibitions. PenArt invites proposals for exhibitions in mid-March through late May of 2025 and 2026. Staff will review proposals and select artists whose work complements each other. Selected artists will be contacted by April 30, 2024.


The School

Peninsula School of Art is in Door County, which comprises the upper half of Wisconsin’s peninsula into Lake Michigan. A popular location for vacationers, retirees, and second home owners, Door County gets over 2.5 million visitors each year. They are drawn not only by our shorelines and natural areas, but also by our reputation as an artistic community, something PenArt has helped support since its foundation in 1965. The school offers community programs year-round and 2-4 day workshops taught by artists from across the country during summer and fall.

The Gallery

The Guenzel Gallery is at the heart of PenArt. It is the first space visitors encounter from the main entrance and the hub from which each wing of the school extends. It is a place for students and community members to connect and experience world-class contemporary art. Inspired by the historic round barns of the area, the gallery is a light-filled, ten-sided space with two levels of clerestory windows. Hand-hewn pine logs rise twenty-four feet to support a radial, tongue and groove, red cedar ceiling topped by a cupola. At the ground level, the gallery walls are backed with plywood to support heavy works of art. A limited number of pedestals with acrylic vitrines are available for sculpture, but no more than twenty-five percent of the floor space can be obstructed.

Find specifications, available equipment, images, a floor plan, and 3D models at Depending on the scale of your exhibition, the gallery will be shared with one to two other artists. Email any questions related to the space or installation capabilities to

The Spotlight Exhibition Series

Through the Spotlight Exhibition Series, we intend to provide career development and experience for visual artists and to share high-quality, concept-driven exhibitions with the Door County community. Instead of the thematic group exhibitions normally presented in the Guenzel Gallery, the Spotlight Series will feature concurrent solo exhibitions by two or three artists, each showing a complete body of work in the Guenzel Gallery. PenArt invites proposals for exhibitions in late March through late May of 2025 and 2026.

Artists may submit their proposals through Slideroom for a $35 fee to help support the program. Successful proposals consider our unique space and engage our audience visually and conceptually. Staff will review proposals and select artists whose work complements each other.

Selected artists will be responsible for the transportation of their work to and from PenArt. Installation will be limited to a four-day period between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Selected artists will be given a private bedroom in a shared resident/faculty house during installation. They will also receive a $1000 honorarium to use as they see fit.

Important Dates:

April 2, 2024: Submission deadline
April 30, 2024: Results will be shared with applicants via email

What You Need for Submission
• Contact Information – including mailing address, phone number, email address, and pronouns.
• Artist Website
• Bio – Briefly describe your background, education, and professional experience. (200 word maximum)
• Artist Statement – Briefly describe your professional art practice, research, and conceptual motivations. (200 word maximum)
• Current CV or Resume
• Contact information for two references who
• Proposed Exhibition Title
• Proposed Exhibition Statement – Provide clear and concise description of the exhibition you are proposing, conceptual motivations, its intention.

For project proposals (unfinished or installation), also describe the proposed work including a timeline. Note if any portion of the project will be created on-site, and remember that the install must be completed in four days (max 500 words)

• Proposed exhibition installation details – Include the approximate number and type of works, installation process and requirements, equipment and material needs, and if you will be providing any special equipment to support the work.

• Scheduling preferences. Select which year(s) your proposed exhibition could run.

• 15-24 supporting files, including images (up to 5MB each), video (up to 250MB each), audio (up to 30 MB each), PDFs (up to 10 MB each), and/or 3D models via Sketchfab. Do not include external links to media samples or websites. Do not include multiple PDFs as one media sample.

For exhibitions of existing work, provide only images or videos of work or supporting materials that would be included in the exhibition. If applying with sculpture, providing a floor plan is highly suggested.

For project proposals, include sketches and/or mockups of work that you plan on including in the exhibition as well as images of past work that is relevant to this project. Briefly explain how the past work is relevant to this project in the description.

• Your $35 submission fee