How to Submit an Exhibition Proposal

In operation since 2003, the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Waterfront Park is a non-commercial gallery owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs. A venue for artwork that is new, vital, and innovative with a focus on broadening the Charleston art outlook, the gallery provides a contemporary visual arts center to exhibit the work of local, regional, national, and international professional artists. It provides access to the visual arts for all – visitors and residents alike – by offering these exhibits as admission-free. Each year, the gallery produces six to eight exhibitions, along with artist’s lectures and other educational programs.

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs accepts proposals for exhibitions at the City Gallery from individual artists, groups, and curators year round. Programming decisions are typically made 12 to 18 months in advance of an exhibition being mounted. The staff of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the City Gallery reviews submissions once a year, although proposals may be submitted at any time. The committee, composed of visual arts professionals, artists, and curators from the community, reviews each proposal in its entirety and scores them according to a carefully considered set of criteria:

  1. The exhibition and title reflect clear objectives and a strong overall consistent intellectual concept or theme
  2. Audience appeal and the ability to stimulate further dialogue in visual culture
  3. Originality
  4. Overall consistency of artwork proposed
  5. Resources required (including transportation, artistic fees, etc.) and level of funding already secured or identified


How to Apply

Visit our SlideRoom to apply and be sure to include all of the required materials. Applications will only be considered via SlideRoom. Submitted proposals that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for review.

Sign up for a SlideRoom account and submit the following:

  1. $20 non-refundable Application Fee
  2. Exhibition Information
  3. Exhibition Concept
  4. Proposed Budget
  5. Resume
  6. References (2) – optional
  7. Portfolio of Works (10-20)


Please contact the City Gallery if you wish to be considered for an application fee waiver.

If your proposal is chosen, please be aware that all artwork needs to be delivered to the gallery ready for display and that you are responsible for insuring the artwork during transportation to and from the City Gallery. Once the artwork is in our possession, the City will insure the artwork.

Thank you again for your interest in the City Gallery. We look forward to reviewing your proposal.