Exhibiting at BOTTLE WORKS

Artist Exhibition opportunities:
Bottle Works is taking submissions from artists for solo and small group shows in our spacious galleries. We are currently defining our 2020 and 2021 exhibitions calendar. Artists are selected by the Exhibitions Committee. We have spacious galleries in two buildings, in the heart of Johnstown’s Cultural-Historic district, ideal for exhibiting art from local to international artists, emerging to professional, Fine Arts and Artisan Crafts. Exhibits are considered in one of these three categories: Professional Art (including Fine Arts and Folk Arts), Community based Art, Amateur/Emerging Artist.


The difference between these distinctions means:

If you apply as a professional artist

  • You are able to submit all materials in high quality digitally and
    • If a fine artist, you have developed your artistic style and skills to express your individual artistic vision. (All work must be of your original design, not made in a class or from another artist’s image)
    • or in the case of folk arts, that you have honed your skills to carry on the artform according to that particular heritage
  • All artwork is properly presented/framed or mounted appropriately to meet archival and gallery standards of aesthetics (absolutely no sawtooth hangers). For digital submission do not include the frame, matting, or mounting in the image unless it is integral to the artistic statement.
  • You have photos of the artwork that are ready for publication, without glare, taken without glass over the work.
  • You have some experience exhibiting your work

If you apply as an ameteur/emerging artist

  • You will need some assistance and mentoring in the process of exhibiting your work

If your interest is in community arts

  • The exhibit will be a group show of artwork resulting from a community project or Bottle Works classes, studio work or meetup sessions.

Additionally, juried show opportunities will be listed separately, with a different entry format.


Professional Artist exhibition opportunities:
Professional Artists interested in exhibiting at Bottle Works should submit their work online according to these guidelines: Email the following items to bwinfo@bottleworks.org and mlamb@bottleworks.org
The subject line must say “Artist Submission”

  • 10 jpg images of your recent work. The jpgs must be 300 dpi. The jpg’s longest side should be about 700 – 900 pixels, or the jpg should be about 8 by 10 inches. Save each image naming it this way: artist’s last name.image number.title examples: Jones.1.Madonna_and_Child.jpg Smith.2.The_Thinker.jpg
  • List of jpg images: include Title of work, medium, size (not including framing), and year completed
  • An Artist Statement – brief description of your process, what influences your work, your philosophy, or why you work the way you do.
  • Artist Bio – brief description of your experience, and pertinent information, like awards and accomplishments.
  • Artist CV (curriculum vitae) – list of previous exhibitions, corporate or permanent collections your work is in, gallery representations, education, residencies, etc.
  • Proposed title or theme of what your show would be
  • State which category you are applying under: Professional, Amateur/Emerging, or Community Arts.

By submitting images and information, you agree to allow them to be used online and in print for exhibition documentation and promotion, and that you own the copyright.

After reviewing your work samples, if the Exhibition Committee is interested in your work, you will be asked to bring some of your work to be viewed in person, by appointment. Then you may be offered a solo show, or we may pair you with another artist for a suggested 2-person or small group show.

Amateur/Emerging Artist exhibition and growth opportunities:
Amateur/Emerging Artists are encouraged to submit online according to the above Professional Artist guidelines, if possible. Otherwise you can make an appointment to have assistance in the submission process. Do not drop in to show us your work without an appointment; please respect our staff’s time, as we are already meeting with others who have been courteous enough to schedule an appointment.

Call 814-535-2020


Community Based Arts exhibition opportunities:

Community Based Arts exhibition opportunities are borne out of Bottle Works studio classes, Club Works projects, or activities with community organizations. Interested Artists should submit their request/idea proposal …

Or attend workshops or Club Works meetup sessions to join the discussions. Become a member, and discover the possibilities!

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