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Ciel Gallery
128 E. Park Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203

Entry Deadline: 9/4/16
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Build Entry Fee (2 Images Required)): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $10.00

Up from the floors, out of the walls, down from the rafters, winding, reaching, arching, grasping — from ants to kings, we love to build. This exhibition will focus on design, structure and the process of building, to include both the functional and the whimsical, mechanical, stick-built or ethereal. Both man-made and organic structures may be featured, although no materials subject to deterioration within a 30 day window will be accepted. Possible materials might include wood, metal, wire, fabric, floss, hard trash, etc. There are no size restrictions; however, space will be a consideration. The gallery includes window space, wall space (sheetrock over brick), open rafters, painted cement flooring, and a rooftop area 20 feet above ground. Please notify us if there are any display restrictions (i.e. not suitable for exterior sites). Accepted entries may be assembled onsite by appointment. Both 2-D and 3-D work will be considered. All US artists and artist teams are welcome to apply.

Prize: Best of Show $500

Juror: Murray Whisnant, FAIA, is a native Charlottean and one of Charlotte's premiere modernist architects, and well known as a designer, inventor, furniture maker and artist. He has been voted one of the Top 50 architects in America by Town and Country magazine, and will serve as one of three panelists to speak on The Importance of Modernism to our Region: Then and Now at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art this September.

Sponsor: TBA
Submission Guidelines:
All exhibited work must be for sale. A commission of 40% will be taken on all works sold during the exhibition, or within 30 days as a direct result of the exhibition. Payment will be mailed to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing. All artists should supply their own insurance for the run of the show, if desired. Unsold works will be returned in the original packaging via artist-supplied pre-paid label two to four weeks after the exhibition closes unless other arrangements have been made. Accepted artists are required to sign a Record of Loan. Ciel Gallery reserves the right to reproduce the supplied images for all media and publicity purposes with credit to the artist.

All entries must be of original design and created by the artist submitting the work. Artists submitting non-original work will not be accepted in future exhibitions. No prints or giclées accepted. All work must be clean, securely wired (no sawtooth hangers, hooks, french cleats, or unwired pieces), and ready to hang for exhibition. Ciel reserves the right to decline gallery space for pieces that arrive without adequate wiring, or in a condition other than as shown in submission materials. Any special requirements or equipment to install pieces must be provided by the artist and noted in the submission. Submitted images must reflect the actual work as closely as possible. The gallery reserves the right to reject work that differs from submitted images.

Directions for Entry:
All entries will be submitted online. Payment will be submitted online at

Image entry will be by JPEG digital files; review will be by digital image only. Images of 2 works may be submitted for the entry fee of $35.00; up to 2 additional works may be submitted for $10 Media Fee for each additional JPEG image from 3 - 4, with a maximum of 4 images total.

All digital files must be in JPEG format. JPEGs must be sized to no less than 1920 pixels on the longest side, no greater than 5MB. Information on supported upload options is available at 

A non-refundable fee of $35.00 must accompany each entry, allowing submission of 2 pieces. Add $10 for each additional piece submitted up to 4 pieces total.

The system requires at least two images. If submitting only one piece, please enter a detail for the second image.

The online entry form must be complete and include dimensions (H x W x D format) in inches, materials, price, artist’s statement for each piece, contact information, signature and date. Artist statements for submissions may be combined and listed together.
We cannot use watermarked images, and please crop out signatures for the jurying process.

Submitted photos may be used on the website, Ciel Gallery Facebook page, and print media with artist credit. Only the highest quality images will be used on any printed publicity materials generated. Submissions may be refused if photographs are poor quality.

Delivery and Pick-Up:
Artists are responsible for shipping or delivering accepted artwork by pre-arranged time with a deadline noted below. Delivery address will be provided with acceptance. After the exhibit closes, work MUST be picked up by appointment on Saturday, October 29 or return-shipped with supplied pre-paid label. If you cannot meet the delivery or pickup dates, please do not enter the exhibition.

Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, September 4, 2016 through
You will need to include the following:
  • Completed entry form
  • Artist’s Statement for each piece; general Artist Statement is not required
  • Online payment for 2 - 4 pieces
  • Images (one per artwork submitted)

Exhibition Calendar:
    Sunday, September 4        Deadline for Entries 11:59 PM MT
    Wednesday, Sept 7           Artists Notified of Acceptance Status by Email
    Friday, September 30        All Shipped Artwork Must be Received by Ciel
    Monday, October 3            Hand-Delivered Artwork Must be Received by Ciel
    Friday, October 7               Opening Reception, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Saturday, October 29         Exhibition Closes
    Saturday, October 29         Artwork Pick-Up by Appointment

Ciel Gallery, located in the South End Arts District of Charlotte, NC, is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 and participates in the First Friday Gallery Crawls each month. For more information, visit or email Member Society of American Mosaic Artists, British Association for Modern Mosaics, Community Built Association, North Carolina Arts Council, and Arts & Science Council of Mecklenburg County. Ciel offers juried exhibitions, workshops, comprehensive art instruction, commissions, and public art opportunities.