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Exhibiting Artist Information

Welcome! Exhibiting Artist Membership at The Art League gallery is open to all artists who wish to participate in Art League exhibits. Exhibiting Artists can enter monthly juried shows, apply for solo exhibits, and more.



Why be an Exhibiting Artist?

  • Eligibility to submit works in monthly shows juried by highly regarded professionals and seen in our gallery, which is visited by over 60,000 people annually
  • Opportunities to apply for a solo show and join Gallery 75
  • Work is exhibited seven days a week (except holidays) in a professionally staffed gallery (the gallery is closed when the Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed: January 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25)
  • The Art League maintains a website and blog, social media accounts, and advertises nationally and locally
  • All accepted work displayed on The Art League's Flickr page
  • Exclusive representation is not required
  • Artist resumes may be kept in the gallery for purchasers and potential clients
  • Referrals and sales are handled by professional staff, with purchaser information provided to artists
  • The staff serves as a re­source for locating technical information and services
  • Low cost, high quality supplies and expert advice at The Art League Store
  • The monthly Tidings newsletter
  • The opportunity to volunteer in the gallery or school provides participants with the chance to network with other artists, learn new skills, and be an active part of a dynamic organization

 Click here to join or renew online.

Becoming an Exhibiting Artist:

Please read all Exhibiting Artist information below carefully. You may wish to print it out for future reference.


Option 1: Traditional Exhibiting Artist

Pay to be an Exhibiting Artist for one year (year to date) and pay $5 per entry to monthly exhibits (limit of two entries per exhibit).

  • New Exhibiting Artist: $95
  • Renewal: $80

Click to join or renew (traditional membership)

Option 2: All-Inclusive Exhibiting Artist

All entry fees are included*. Use your Exhibiting Artist card to check in your artwork on receiving day!

  • Cost: $144

Click to join (one-time payment)

Option 3: All-Inclusive Exhibiting Artist monthly payments

All entry fees are included*. You will be charged $12 on the first of the month for 12 months. Use your Exhibiting Artist card to check in your artwork on receiving day!

  • Cost: $12 per month for 12 months ($144 total)

Click to join (monthly payments)

*Terms:  By choosing to participate in The Art League's All-Inclusive program you have agreed to pay $144 over the course of the exhibiting year. The $144 All-Inclusive program fee covers Exhibiting Artist dues and all entry fees for exhibits held in the exhibiting year with the exception of digital exhibits, solo exhibits, some specialty exhibits, and Gallery 75 fees.


Please call the Gallery at 703-683-1780 if you have any questions.

Monthly Juried Exhibits

Exhibiting artists of The Art League gallery may submit work at their own risk according to the following guidelines:


  • Up to two pieces of work may be submitted to the gallery between the hours of 5:30–7:30 pm on the designated Sunday evening, and 10:00 am–12:00 pm on the designated Monday morning of receiving. Entry fees are $5 per piece entered, unless you joined using the all-inclusive program ($144 or $12/month) (see Becoming an Exhibiting Artist, above). (See upcoming exhibit dates)
  • There is no size limitation, unless otherwise stated (e.g. the Small Works exhibit). Work must weigh less than 60 lbs.
  • No copies of paintings or copies of published photographs are acceptable. All work must be original to the artist.
  • All prints must be original and hand pulled by the artist. No commercially reproduced prints are acceptable for exhibition in The Art League. Please see "Suitable Media" below for further guidance.
  • Each work must have an entry tag (available during receiving) attached to the back upper left corner, designating the artist's name, phone number, title, medium, price, and month of show.
  • All works must be for sale and priced within the artist's usual price range. If an artist prefers not to sell a piece of work, it should not be entered. Artists should not enter work at a price higher than that of their other work; they should use the “time and materials” formula if unsure of pricing. Prices may not be changed after a piece is entered.
  • Work selected for gallery exhibits hangs for the duration of the show or until sold. No work may be removed until close of show for any reason other than a sale. Artists may pick up work from monthly exhibits during receiving for the following month's exhibit. There is absolutely no early pick-up.
  • The Gallery Director will be the sole and final judge of the work’s acceptability for jurying.
  • After jurying is completed, the artwork sign-in sheet will be scanned and posted one our website; please visit the page for that specific show. Red dots mark accepted works. If artists would like to call in to get the results, please call no earlier than 5:30 pm on Monday, and have your entry number ready.
  • Because storage space is so limited, we ask that work be picked up as soon as possible. Don't forget to sign work out when you pick it up! If a piece is too large to fit into the closet, the artist must pick up the work no later than the Wednesday after jurying by 6:00 pm. Work left longer than six months will become the property of The Art League and may be donated to the Patrons' Show. A late fee of $20 per week will be assessed beginning one week after the Monday of show week.
  • A work accepted for a show and listed in the program may not be re-entered to any other Art League juried shows. A rejected work, however, may be re-submitted to future shows.


Click here to join or renew online.


Juror selection

A qualified arts professional is invited to judge and to make award selections. The juror functions as an independent judge and is not associated with The Art League as an exhibiting member, student, or staff. Each exhibit may be expected to reflect the opinions of its judge. Selection of a different judge each month assures variety in successive exhibits and a broader opportunity to member artists. No judge is invited back for at least two years to allow for a broad base of opinion.

Other exhibition opportunities

Solo or group exhibits: Each Fall, Exhibiting Artists can apply for a solo exhibit. The next deadline will be in Fall 2017 for exhibits in 2019. For details about solo shows and how to apply, click here.


Gallery 75: Gallery 75 provides an opportunity for Exhibiting Artists to continuously exhibit in one of the most visited galleries in the region, to build a client base and to sell your work. Artists who are juried into three shows in one exhibiting year (July 1 to June 30) are eligible to display framed, unframed, and three-dimensional work in this space, as well as in an online gallery. For details about Gallery 75 membership, click here.

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