Calls for Art

VETS Gallery: Present from the Past

Exhibition: Friday, December 7, 2018 – Saturday, March 2, 2019

Present from the Past – An Open Juried National Exhibition
VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Present from the Past seeks art that is connected to time and space, mental or tangible, in both the literal and metaphoric sense. Think: gifts, heirlooms, progress, old and new, transitory, decay, births, rebirths, revolutions, acceptance, development, spatial connections, upgrades, rejuvenations, remodeling, recycling, repurposing, steampunk, assemblage, reconstructions and impermanence. This exhibition highlights humankind striving for evolution, and the mind’s penchant for nostalgia, comparison, delusion and illusion.

Juror: Mary Dondero, Interdisciplinary Artist, Professor of Art, Bridgewater State University


1stPrize $300
2ndPrize $200
3rdPrize $100

Please visit this Exhibition’s Gallery to view all works and the award winners.

Please read this prospectus carefully and only consider submitting work if you are able to comply with the requirements and timetable outlined in this document.


Registration Deadline: October 21, 2018 October 14, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: On or before November 2, 2018 via email.
No inquires please. All decisions are final.
Drop off: Monday, December 3, 2018 (10am – 3:00pm) EDT & Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (Noon – 5:00pm) EDT
Exhibition: Friday, December 7, 2018 – Saturday, March 2, 2019
Reception and Awards: Thursday, December 13, 2018, (5:30 – 8:00pm) EDT
Pick up:  Monday, March 4, 2019 (10:00am – 3:00pm) EDT &
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (Noon – 5:00pm) EDT

Juror: Mary Dondero is an interdisciplinary artist whose focus is on large-scale works on paper, mixed media, and photography.   Ms. Dondero earned her B.F.A. at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where she concentrated in Graphic Design, Printmaking and Photography. She also holds an M.A.T. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from U-Mass Dartmouth.

Ms. Dondero is currently a full-time, tenured faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. During her 2011 sabbatical from teaching, she was awarded “Artist in Residence” at Zion National Park in Utah. This resulted in a body of work titled “Perception, Time & Memory”, with one of the resulting paintings now held in the permanent collection at Zion Human History Museum, Springdale, UT.

Ms. Dondero’s artwork is regularly exhibited at Atelier Gallery in Newport, RI.  She has held exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and her work is held in several collections, such as the permanent collection of Naestved International Print Studio in Denmark, Bridgewater State University, the Newport Art Museum RI, Healing Arts at RI Hospital, and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in New Hampshire.   This past winter Ms. Dondero’s work was exhibited in several venues:  the Barrett Center in Poughkeepsie-NY, the fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, NY and at the prestigious and historic landmark, the St. Botolph Club in Boston.

In 2005, Ms. Dondero presented her photo-installation, ‘Dust’ at the Southeast Society of Photographic Educators Conference in Virginia.

In 2016 the Newport Art Museum presented Dondero’s “Small Points in Time” as a solo exhibit. This exhibit was predominantly of her large-scale pastel drawings.

For the past seven years Ms. Dondero has served as Curator and Chair of Exhibitions at the Bristol Art Museum where she is a member on the Board of Directors. In this capacity, she established the Museum’s permanent collections policy. Additionally, she is one of the founding members of Imago Foundation for the Arts in Warren, RI.

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

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

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 from non-copyrighted work are also 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 for jurying, will not be exhibited. Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Submission Fee: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for $30. ALRI Members may submit up to 3 artworks for $25. (ALRI members have been sent a coupon code via email. If you are an ALRI member and did not receive the code, please contact All CaFE 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.  Enter Here

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Size Limit: Maximum size up to 48” wide and 72” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work on exhibit may need to be moved to a protected location during VETS events where large numbers of people will congregate. 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. Submitted art work should be properly prepared and should require no more than 30 minutes for installation.

In-Person Delivery of Accepted Work: All in-person deliveries will be made Monday, December 3, 2018 (10am – 3pm) EDT & Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (noon – 5pm) EDT, 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 from the Gallery any packing materials.

Shipment of Accepted Work: Shipped deliveries must arrive at a designated UPS facility in Rhode Island by November 30, 2018based 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.

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person will need to pick it up on Monday, March 4,2019 (10am – 3pm) EDT or Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (noon – 5pm) EDT. 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 theart.

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, NOwork may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 40% commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 60% 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 or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all artwork 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.

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