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Apply! Our 8th Annual Open Call!

Win a solo exhibition in Summer 2019!

Every year, during the month of July, NAPOLEON presents a solo-exhibition selected by our members from a pool of applicants collected through an open call. We are interested in exhibiting work that is new to our Philadelphia audience, that takes risks, and makes good use of our small gallery space. Sound interesting?

If you would like to show with our gallery, we highly recommend you apply for this call.

The winner of the Open Call will receive a $500 honorarium to help defer the costs associated with the show.

Applications due by Tuesday, April 30th, at 11:59pm EST. Applications should include

  • #1. up to 10 images or 3 videos examples, image list. 
  • #2. a written proposal (300 words maximum).
  • #3. and a CV.

These files should be saved as a single multi-page PDF, in that order. Submit your complete PDF via email as an attachment — do not embed or share.  

Please title your PDF with your name and “2019 OPEN CALL” with underscores in this format:Last Name_First Name_2019 OPEN CALL.pdf

If you’re including video work, please include a hyperlink in the .pdf to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video hosting site where we can easily view your work.

*Applications that are not presented in this manner will not be reviewed. 

Applicants will be notified by June 1st.

*There is a $20 application fee, to be collected via PayPal. Send payment, via PayPal, to napoleon.philadelphia@gmail.comApplication materials that are submitted without payment will not be reviewed.

For 2019: The show  will run from July 12th to August 18th with an opening reception on First Friday, July 12th. The artist will be responsible for supplying all materials required for displaying their work (framing, media equipment, pedestals, hanging wire, etc.). The artist will also be responsible for installation during July 6th – July 11th and will deinstall the exhibition during the week of August 19th, with all works to be removed and gallery restored by August 23rd. Gallery dimensions and floor plan can be found https://napoleonnapoleon.com/about/floor-plan/

Email materials to napoleon.philadelphia@gmail.com and title the email with your name and “Open Call Show Submission 2019.”

$20 application fee will be collected via PayPal. Send payment, via PayPal, to napoleon.philadelphia@gmail.com. Application materials that are submitted without payment will not be reviewed.

Applications to be accepted up until Tuesday, April 30th at 11:59pm EST.

NAPOLEON is collectively-run project space located in Philadelphia that strives to provide a platform for new work and new ideas.  We are located in the Rollins Building on the edge of Philadelphia’s Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods.  The building also houses other galleries such as Vox Populi, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Marginal Utility, Practice, and Grizzly Grizzly and is a major hub for Philadelphia’s emerging art scene. For additional information or clarification, please email napoleon.philadelphia@gmail.com and peruse the rest of our website www.napoleonnapoleon.com to get to know us better.



Writers Wanted!

We’re looking to add a few more names to our list of potential writers for our recent endeavor: Exhibition Essays.  Art historians, artists, and curators will be paired with upcoming exhibitions in an effort to extend the conversation at work in the gallery.  We anticipate a lively exchange of critique between writer and artist and hope that the accompanying essay may offer a deeper interpretation for the visiting audience to consider.  While there is no formal compensation for the essay, your piece will be published online here at our website, attached to email blasts about the show, and available to visitors in the gallery.

If you’re interested in writing, please email napoleon.philadelphia@gmail.com with a short bio which includes your art interests and an attached CV.  If you have a writing sample, please send it along, too.  This will be a rolling application–there is no due date.

Please take a look at the essays we have put forth thus far.

There is no format a writer must adhere to and we encourage you to be as creative as you’d like so long as you engage with the work and the artists showing in the exhibition.

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