VETS Gallery

Facing the Wall – An Open Juried National Exhibition
VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Walls have delineated nations and cities throughout human history. Walls define what is inside as separate from what is outside, and while this definition can begin as simply geographical or in the name of safety, it invariably includes a defining of identity. Whatever the motivation, walls identify what is within them and what is outside them, placing limits on both. We are now in an era of new walls – walls built on the borders of nations, ideologies, cultural and personal identities. Whether attempting to break through, climb over, dig under, circumvent, use as a canvas, or decorate, artists respond to the walls that confront them. Facing the Wall will display work that calls to attention the ways people confront the walls in their lives.

Award Winners:

1st Place – Sammy Chong, Another Bushel
2nd Place – Manda Remmen, Oil and Gas
3rd Place – Haley Hughes, Amerikkka

Friday, March 9 – Saturday, May 26, 2018


Tuesday, May 29, 10am-3pm
Wednesday, May 30, 12-5pm

Curator & Juror: Julia Samuels of Overpass Projects

ALRI has an 18-year history of supporting artists and the arts, and is honored to be one of five resident arts companies in The VETs Memorial Auditorium complex. The VETs Gallery is part of the recently renovated VETs Memorial Auditorium complex, a state of the art performance facility. Thousands of visitors view the Gallery’s juried and invitational visual art exhibitions.  Adjacent to some of Providence’s best shopping areas, restaurants and hotels, the ALRI-managed Gallery is close to the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.

Overpass Projects was founded in 2015 by Julia Samuels and Henry Felton Brown, after the two completed their MFAs at the Rhode lsland School of Design. They practice all forms of intaglio, etching, engraving, photogravure, relief printing, screen printing, lithography and letterpress. Connected to a wide community of artists and designers, they are innovating new ways to bring other disciplines into the print shop and ways to push printmaking out into the world.

Submittal Fee:  Artists may submit up to 3 images for $25.
All CaFÉ fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit/debit card.  Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition.

Artwork: All 2D and 3D media is eligible.
No video entries will be accepted. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung.  Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. No dark colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.  Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

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Size Limit: Maximum size up to 36” wide and 48” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work.  3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24″ x 24” or less with a weight limit 35 lbs.

Installation Pieces: Must include a detailed description of any electrical, lighting, or space requirements.

In-Person Delivery of Accepted Work: All in-person deliveries will be made Monday, March 5, 10am- 3pm & Tuesday, March 6, 12-5pm, at The VETS Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Access is provided via the street level entrance at 83 Park Street at the rear of the building. Parking is available either on the street, or in the Providence Place Mall parking garage.  Anyone delivering artwork in person must remove any packing materials used from the Gallery. Please DO NOT use styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing.  Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Shipment of Accepted Work:  Shipped deliveries must arrive at a designated UPS facility in Rhode Island by March 4, based on specific instructions that will be communicated via e-mail to those artists whose work is accepted.  Each box shipped must be accompanied by a prepaid, return shipment label which is placed in an envelope inside the box. Please make sure that the box and materials that you use will adequately protect your work, and DO NOT use Styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing.  A $15 ALRI handling fee will be required for each box shipped.  Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person will pick it up on May 29 from 10am-3pm or May 30 from 12-5pm. Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent using its prepaid return shipping label.

If ALRI, UPS, or other carrier determines that the packaging is not adequate to safely ship the art back to the artist, ALRI will contact the artist.  The artist must notify ALRI in writing of any changes in their contact information, or their intended place or time of return of their art, prior to the end of the exhibition.  The artist is solely responsible for any time, materials, storage, shipment, or other charges that may arise from inadequate packaging, delayed or redirected shipments, nonresponse of the artist, or any other artist requests.  All additional charges must be paid prior to the return of the art.

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% (members), 40% (non-members) commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 70% (members), 60% (non-members) percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes.

Liability – Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver:  Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI, Overpass Projects or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI and Overpass Projects will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. By submitting images, you give ALRI the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition, and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.  Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions.

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate to the extent that their participation is allowed under law.

Questions: Contact or call (401) 861-0500.