Call for Art - Zero to 70

SMUSH Gallery presents Zero to 70 // seventy works of art for $70 or less
May 3 - June 9, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, May 3, 2019
Closing reception: tentatively Friday, June 7, 2019 (also JC Fridays)

About the Show:
Zero to 70 is a high energy group show with seventy pieces of artwork priced at $70 or less, featuring artists from Jersey City and beyond. It’s the second of our Zero to __ series, which increases by ten each year and is designed for accessibility -- making the gallery accessible to artists and the artwork accessible to patrons. Last year’s inaugural Zero to 60 was one of our most popular, and best selling, shows to date!

What type of work will be considered?
We are looking for artwork that vibrates with energy. It can come from color, texture, humor, gloss, wit, or somewhere else, as long as the energy is there!

Paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, prints, collage, text-based work, and textiles are all welcome, as long as it hangs on the wall! For this show, we prefer work that can be displayed with clips and pins; lightweight, ready-to-hang frames are also acceptable. Max dimensions preferred are 12x16,” including framing.

Please note that for this show, we are unlikely to accept video and sculpture; we are not considering pieces that are not for sale. Priority will be given to NJ/NY area artists or out-of-town artists with a strong local network who are able to attend the opening and/or closing.

Artists may submit up to ten (10) pieces for consideration.

How do I deliver and pick up my work?
All artwork must be delivered to SMUSH Gallery (340 Summit Ave, Jersey City, NJ) by appointment between Saturday, April 21 - Wednesday, April 24, 2019. All unsold art must be picked up by appointment from SMUSH Gallery between Sunday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Work left beyond June 26, 2019 will become property of SMUSH Gallery.

For out-of-towners: artists shipping work must ensure its arrival by the end of the drop-off window (Wednesday, April 24, 2019), and must pay to cover return shipping costs for any unsold work. Return shipping costs must be paid by Wednesday, June 12, 2019; work with unpaid shipping costs beyond June 26, 2019 will become property of SMUSH Gallery. Please do not ship work directly to the gallery; an alternate shipping address will be provided.

What about pricing and sales?
Artists are asked their preferred price for each work; these prices will be honored whenever possible, and SMUSH Gallery will discuss pricing adjustments with artists as needed. Please note that SMUSH does not insure artwork, and that for this show the maximum allowable price is $70. Sales are split 50/50 (artist/gallery) after taxes and fees. Artists will be provided with a sales report and paid out by check or PayPal within 30 days of the show's closing.

How about promotion and attendance?
Presenting artists are asked to actively participate in spreading the word via social media, personal invitations, web listings, etc.
SMUSH will provide a flier image to artists and generate informal promotional materials throughout the process; check out our Instagram to see how we approach it!

Artists are asked to attend an artists only meet-and-greet (date TBD), and either the opening reception (Friday, May 3) or the closing reception (Friday, June 7), though attendance at all three is very much appreciated. If you and yours have any festive talents or skills that you’d like to lend to the receptions (henna, palm reading, caricature drawing, musical performance, etc.), please let us know!

Key Dates:
2/15          Submission deadline
3/15           Notification deadline
4/21-24     Work delivered to SMUSH Gallery, ready to hang
5/3            Opening Reception
6/7            Closing Reception/JC Fridays Party
6/9    Last day of closing weekend
6/9-12      Work picked up from SMUSH Gallery
7/9           Sales report & sales check mailed out
TBD Artists only meet-and-greet

SMUSH Gallery holds gallery hours Sat-Sun 12-4p and hosts family-friendly open studio days each month. We also host a range of performances, workshops, and private events. We want your work to be seen by as many people, in as many ways, as possible!

How do I apply?
Visit the submission form! Please note that all submissions require a submission fee of $10, payable via PayPal.


Questions? Email