First Street Gallery

2013 MFA National Competition

July 18 - August 9, 2013
Juror: Phong Bui
Inquiries: • 646-336-8053

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FIRST STREET GALLERY is a professional artist run gallery located in New York City’s premier art district, Chelsea. For more than 42 years, our mission has been to exhibit and promote the work of emerging and mid-career artists.

JUROR: PHONG BUI - Artist, writer, independent curator, curatorial advisor at MOMA PS1 2007 - 2010. Co-founder, editor and publisher of the monthly journal, The Brooklyn Rail. Bui has taught at Yale/Skowhegan, Columbia University, Pratt, Parsons, The New School, and RISD among others. Currently senior critic and teacher at SVA Graduate Program in Art Criticism, Writings and Photography, Video and Related Media. He is core critic, Painting/Printmaking at Yale School of Art. Recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy Museum (2003).

ELIGIBILITY: Artists who are enrolled in an MFA program during the 2013 calendar year in the United States. Eligible works include original paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints, sculpture, and photography. No video, film, installations, giclees, or computer-generated art.

$35/one to three works. $5/each additional. Maximum six works. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Fees are non-refundable. Payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions in this prospectus.

DIMENSIONS:  2-D Work: 60” x 48” (may not exceed 60” in height and 48” in width), including the frame.  Work must be framed, wired, and ready for hanging. Works on paper should be framed under plexiglass or glass, if possible. Sculpture may not exceed 50 pounds. No wall-hung sculpture. Freestanding sculpture may not exceed 30" x 30" in width or depth.  The same footprint applies for a sculpture stand.  Please bring your own sculpture stand. No height limit for sculpture.

ACCEPTANCE: Absolutely no substitutions of accepted works. Work will not be installed if it does not conform to the image accepted. All work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

LIABILITY: First Street Gallery will take great care with all work, but is not responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. Artists may insure their work if desired.

SALES: First Street Gallery does not take a commission on any work sold.  Work not for sale must be labeled “NFS.” No “POR” sales.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:  JPEGS 72 dpi ONLY ( Between 600 and 1200 pixels in either direction, not to  exceed 1MB for any individual image.)

The size given for works should be the framed size.  Height is always given before width, regardless of whether the work is vertical or horizontal.  For sculpture: HxWxD.

Files which are mislabeled or lack the artist's name will not be viewed by the juror.



February 1 Entry begins
June 14 Notification to artists
July 15 Hand delivery of work, 12 - 8 PM
July 9-12 Shipped work must arrive
July 18 (Thursday) Reception, 5 - 8 PM
August 9 Show ends, pickup of hand-delivered work, 6 - 8 PM
August 12 Pickup of had-delivered work, 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Week of August 12 Return of shipped work via UPS or FedEx

GALLERY SUMMER HOURS: Monday – Friday 11 am - 6 pm


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