2019 Initial Point Gallery Schedule

On the third floor of Meridian City Hall, directly across from the Mayor’s Office reception area, the Meridian Arts Commission maintains an elegant art display space called Initial Point Gallery.

The carpeted gallery, filled with natural light, features about 120 feet of wall space for the display of two-dimensional art, as well as several wood and acrylic display cases for the exhibition of three-dimensional works of art.

The Meridian Arts Commission schedules individual and group exhibits and artists’ receptions in the gallery throughout the year. In addition to the works of local and regional artists, the gallery has hosted works by nationally- and internationally-known artists, as well.

In 2011, Initial Point Gallery was chosen as one of only five venues nationwide to host the prestigious traveling show of the National Watercolor Society’s 90th Annual Exhibition.

Initial Point Gallery is free and open to the public any time during normal Meridian City Hall business hours – generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding major holidays.

Initial Point Gallery Call to Artists Exhibitions

Application & Acknowledgement Form

Prospectus:
The Meridian Arts Commission (MAC) seeks proposals for the display of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork, as one to two-month exhibitions in Initial Point Gallery.  MAC aims to have multiple artists in the space each month. Initial Point Gallery is located on the third floor of Meridian City Hall (33 E. Broadway Avenue, Meridian, Idaho), and is open to the public during City working hours.  Initial Point Gallery provides 100 feet of total wall space for hanging two-dimensional artwork and four enclosed display cases for three-dimensional artwork. 

Eligibility:
This call is open to applicants regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or disability. All artists in the Northwest region are welcome to apply, but artists must be present for scheduled installation and removal. Two-dimensional works displayed in Initial Point Gallery must be comprised of professional-quality, ready-to-hang, original art. Three-dimensional works may be of any medium, but must fit within the four supplied display cases.  No artwork will be displayed which: cannot be safely hung or displayed using the gallery’s equipment; requires unusual maintenance, handling, or security; or is disruptive or likely to offend the sensibilities of the general public.  Selectees will be asked to enter into an Acceptance Agreement with the City setting forth specific conditions of display.  Selectees and invitees may reapply annually and if selected again, 75% of the display must be artwork that has not been previously displayed in Initial Point Gallery.  Organizations and small, informal groups are welcome to apply.

Deadline:
This call to artists is open and ongoing. Applications are welcome at any time, but the schedule may be booked out through the next 12 months or more.

Jurors:
MAC will choose the artists to be represented in the gallery and the Commissions and Committees coordinator will follow up with applicants on their exhibition offer. MAC may group more than one artist in each exhibit. In evaluating eligible proposals, the following factors will be considered:

  • Adherence to the Call to Artists;
  • Quality of work;
  • Appropriateness of subject and concept for a functioning government workplace;
  • Consistency with City policy and community values; and
  • Contribution to aesthetic and cultural atmosphere of Meridian City Hall.

 

Artwork Guidelines:
All hanging art must be equipped with d-rings for secure hanging. Wires, eyehooks, and clip frames may not be used for hanging.  The number of artworks to be included in each exhibit depends on the size of the pieces included. MAC asks that artists plan to have appropriate negative space in between each piece to allow for labels and breathing room. Two-dimensional works should not exceed 5’ in height. Display cases have acrylic tops of varied sizes including: 3½’ tall, 3’ tall, 2½’ tall, and 2’ tall. All display case bases are 2’ wide and 2’ deep.

Exhibition Details:
On the third floor of Meridian City Hall, directly across from the Mayor’s Office reception area, the Meridian Arts Commission maintains Initial Point Gallery. The carpeted gallery, filled with natural light, features about 100 feet of wall space for the display of two-dimensional art, as well as four hand-crafted display cases for the exhibition of three-dimensional works of art. The Meridian Arts Commission schedules individual and group exhibits and artists’ receptions in the gallery throughout the year. Initial Point Gallery receptions are held once a month.

In addition to the works of local and regional artists, the gallery has hosted works by nationally- and internationally-known artists. In 2011, Initial Point Gallery was chosen as one of only five venues nationwide to host the prestigious traveling show of the National Watercolor Society’s 90th Annual Exhibition.

Initial Point Gallery is free and open to the public any time during normal Meridian City Hall business hours – generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.

The gallery has a track system that allows for easy hanging and adjustments. MAC works with a small crew of volunteers that can help artists with installing and removing their exhibit. The gallery also has space to display the artist/exhibit statement and price list. The City may promote the artist receptions in the form of Facebook events, post on community calendar, and/or mention in promotional videos.

MAC requests that artists voluntarily donate to MAC 20% of proceeds from sales of art displayed in Initial Point Gallery.

Sales:
All sales are managed by the artist directly. Commissioners and City Staff can direct patrons to the artists’ contact information.

Lodging/Transportation:
Artists are responsible for securing their own transportation and lodging.

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Artists interested in learning more about exhibit opportunities at Initial Point Gallery can contact the Meridian Arts Commission via e-mail sent to: MAC@meridiancity.org. Anyone interested in updates from the Meridian Arts Commission can sign up for our emails.

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