DC Arts Center accepts proposals from artists and curators on a rolling basis. Artists may submit their own work in order to be considered for a solo exhibition or inclusion in a group exhibition. Curators may submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions.

Proposals are accepted through Submittable and reviewed by DCAC’s Visual Arts Committee on a quarterly basis. Once your proposal is received, our gallery manager will reach out to you and may ask to schedule a studio visit or meeting with members of the Visual Arts Committee.

Exhibitions are generally scheduled 6 to 12 months in advance.

We are open to applications from all artists working seriously in their field and do not discriminate according to politics, race, age, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Artist statement, image list, and CV/resume should be uploaded as .pdf or .doc files.

Images should be submitted as .jpg files.

Artists wishing to submit samples of video work should provide links to the samples on their website or on a video-sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube etc) in the artwork identification list.

Please note that DCAC does not accept exhibition proposals for juried exhibitions for which the organizers have not yet made selections. The initial exhibition proposal MUST include a confirmed list of artists, as well as artwork samples that reflect the final content of the exhibition. While DCAC understands that some specific artwork choices may change during the planning stages of an exhibition, any major changes to the artist list or overall theme for exhibitions that have been accepted must be reviewed and approved by DCAC.

Please review these Frequently Asked Questions before submitting your proposal. 




DCAC is an alternative art space founded in 1989 to support the work of local and emerging artists. Since that time we have expanded our scope to include regional, national, and international artists. DCAC is committed to providing a forum for artistic expression, communication, and exchange through the following activities:

We promote emerging and under-recognized artists with exhibitions.

We inspire fresh approaches to artistic development by encouraging established artists to use our gallery as a project space for ideas that cannot be executed in a commercial art gallery.

We provide an exchange venue for national and international artists collectives to present their work in Washington, DC when, in turn, they can give the DC artists an opportunity to present in their own cites around the country and around the world.

We support and develop new curators through our Curatorial Initiative program. Every year we pair an established curator with apprentice who has a strong interest in curating. In the spring the established curator presents an exhibition with the assistance of the mentee, and in the autumn the mentee presents an exhibition with the assistance of the mentor.

We organize panel discussions, art talks, and slide shows to encourage dialogue and feedback on local artwork, the local art community, and the greater art world.

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