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PARCH: Open Space Visitor Center Art Gallery: Call for Entries

PARCH is a group exhibition exploring the nature of Water. Water has a transformational quality, carving the political and physical landscapes of our world.



DEADLINE: Materials must be received no later than midnight, April 3, 2015

Exhibition dates: October 3 – December 27, 2015

PARCH is a group exhibition exploring the nature of Water. Water has a transformational quality, carving the political and physical landscapes of our world. It supports and takes life and at any given time can be abundant or exceedingly scarce. It flows, vaporizes, and freezes, falls from the sky and bubbles up from the earth.  It is revered, coveted and feared. It is why life expresses itself the way it does on our planet.

The mission of the Open Space Gallery is to inspire an exchange of ideas, solutions and interpretations as they relate to Open Space lands so as to deepen and enhance visitor understanding, appreciation and stewardship for Albuquerque’s unique natural and human community.

Art for the Parch exhibit will be selected by jury.


Open to emerging and established artists working in all media, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fine craft, installation, writing, digital media, and video. Artists of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Open to all ages.  If you are under 18 years old or representing artists under the age of 18, please indicate age of applicant in the submission. Proposed artworks will be considered within the theme of the exhibition and its application to Albuquerque Open Space and the community. Works must not have been previously shown in Albuquerque or the surrounding area.


There is no entry fee for submissions. All media will be considered. New works and/or installations are highly encouraged. If submitting a proposal for a project not yet created, please include a visual representation of the work as expected when complete, such as related sample images, installation sketch, or other supporting information, along with additional requirements below. Any artworks or proposals that are selected must be available for the full length of the exhibition in 2015.


  • Up to 8 images of available work:
    • Image file format: (preferred) JPG/JPEG files, size format at least 4”x6” at 300dpi, but not exceeding 1MB.
    • Video or other electronic media are accepted on DVD or as web-based hyperlinks.
    • Title, year, media, dimensions for each piece
    • Short artist biography in paragraph format (up to 200 words)
    • Short artist’s statement about the work submitted (up to 200 words)
    • Link/URL address to website/web presence if available


  • Mail CD/DVD or printed materials to*: 
    Open Space Visitor Center Gallery
    PO Box 1293
    Albuquerque, NM 87103

ATTN: Submissions/PARCH

*Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you require the return of materials.

Demonstration and workshop proposals are welcomed and encouraged. The Open Space Gallery will present a variety of programs during the exhibition that offer engagement opportunities for youth and the general public. Programs provide a new dimension to the exhibit and draw people to the gallery. If you have a program, demonstration or workshop you can provide during the course of this exhibition, please include a description under a header called “Education Proposal.”

Submissions will be reviewed following the deadline of midnight on March 30, 2015. All entrants will receive confirmation of submission. Notification to artists will be via email within 30-45 days of deadline.

All work is handled by professional staff with the utmost care. Work is fully insured while at Open Space Gallery. Please note that artists may be responsible for covering all or partial cost of shipping. Work in the exhibition may be for sale or on loan from collections. If work is for sale, the Open Space Alliance, a 501c3 organization supporting City of Albuquerque Open Space Division programs and projects, retains a gallery commission of 30%. If work is on loan, collectors can be credited in labels and publications.

The exhibition will be publicized through print, web and local media.

Jodi Hedderig, Manager

Open Space Visitor Center
[email protected]