Open Call for Exhibitions


This open call invites artists, organizers, curators, and collaborators to propose exhibitions for Waterloo Arts Gallery’s 2024 schedule. Upon review and acceptance, applicants will be assigned one of the following exhibition dates:

Friday, Feb 2 – Saturday, March 23

Friday, April 5 – Saturday, May 18

Friday,  June 7 – Saturday, July 20 

Friday, Aug 2 – Saturday, Sept 14

Friday, Oct 4 – Saturday, Nov 16

Waterloo Arts (15605 Waterloo Road) hosts 7-8 exhibitions in its main gallery per year, with a limited number of shows originating from the organization’s larger programming objectives and seasonal thematic interests.

Exhibitions at Waterloo Arts Gallery are selected by a volunteer committee of local artists, arts educators, and emerging curators. The Gallery Committee prioritizes exhibition proposals that feature artworks or creative projects that have not been formally exhibited.

The selected artist(s) will be asked to do a short artist talk or walk-through during the opening event and we welcome proposals for other artist led programming throughout the exhibition. Artists are also encouraged to attend the second Walk All Over Waterloo on the first Friday of the month following the opening reception, but not required.

DEADLINE: November 27, 2023 by 11:59pm. 

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial by December 16, 2023.
For additional information about the gallery and what to expect as an exhibiting artist, please direct your questions/concerns to Thank you!

Waterloo Arts Gallery floorplan
Images of Waterloo Arts Gallery (left: back facing front, right: front facing back)

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To submit an application via email:
send the following information to with the subject line “Open Call Application”. Single .pdf preferred!

– Your Name, Email, and Phone Number
– Whether you are applying as: an artist, a collaborator, or a curator
– Names of Participating Artists/Collaborators 
– City and State of Artist(s) Residence
– Exhibition Title
– Project Proposal (250 words max) ex. What will be displayed in the gallery? What themes are the artists/curator pursuing? Is there a programming element that is crucial to the experience of the exhibit?
– Link to Artist Portfolio, if available (social media/website)  
– Up to 10 images of specific works, or 3 min of video (YouTube/Vimeo link preferred). Indicate title, medium, size, and year for each artwork included, and whether or not the work submitted may be the exact work exhibited.
*For video, performance, installation, social engagements, and new media, provide no more than 60 words of context for each piece.
– Indicate whether the proposed project has been exhibited locally in the past year, or if the artist may have additional exhibition commitments planned for 2024.