Submissions | Art Gallery | Fort Lewis College

About the Art Gallery and Opportunity

Students install an art exhibit, holding a tapestry to hang on the wall

The Art Gallery at Fort Lewis College invites local, regional, and national artists to apply for ambitious solo exhibitions. We focus on exhibiting artists and designers who challenge our assumptions, address issues of cultural, social, and political relevance, and expand the minds of those who engage with their work.

We encourage artists to consider the architecture of the space and create proposals unique to the Art Gallery. The Art Gallery has approximately 1100 square feet of display area, with a central cathedral space and two flanking alcoves.

Artists working in any medium and at any stage of their careers are eligible to apply. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA2S+, and Four Corners region artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that artwork that could easily be exhibited in a traditional or commercial gallery will most likely not be selected.

Opportunity and Expectations

Student install an art exhibit, drilling nails into the wall.


  • Fully utilize the 1100 square foot space for a month-long exhibition
  • Work with the Gallery Director prior to arrival at FLC to ensure a successful exhibition
  • Work with students to lay out and install exhibition
    • Note: Selected artists will work with the students enrolled in the Gallery Management class. Students are there to assist and learn from the artist and artists should plan on working with them during and outside of class times.
  • Participate in the Visiting Artist program’s lecture series by giving a talk that is open to the public in the lecture hall and recorded for further educational access
  • Attend the opening reception


Project Support

  • $3000 Artist Stipend
  • Up to $1000 in travel coverage (hotel, mileage, and/or flight reimbursement)
  • Up to 20 hour installation support from Gallery Management students and the Gallery Director
  • Professional documentation of completed exhibition
  • Marketing and PR through social media and news outlets

Selection Process

Artists are selected by the Gallery Director with input from the Gallery Management class each fall and will be selected based on the following:

  • Conceptual strength of proposal
  • Strength of previous work
  • Feasibility of proposed exhibition
  • Usage of the Art Gallery space and its unique architecture

How to Apply

All applications received by October 1 will be considered for the next academic year. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please direct questions to Gallery Director Melissa Sclafani.

Submission Requirements

Please submit all application materials listed below as a single pdf via the submission form on this page.

  1. Project description (max. 500 words)
  2. Draft floor plan or rendering of proposed project.
    (View/Download gallery floor plan to scale)
  3. Up to ten images of previous/related work or links to video / audio / time based works
  4. Image details (title, year, medium, and dimensions of the submitted work and/or links)
  5. Artist statement (max. 250 words)
  6. CV or Resume
  7. Two references who can speak to your ability to produce the proposed exhibition.
  • Submission Form

    All applications received by October 1 will be considered for the next academic year.

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    • Be sure file has a green checkmark under "status" before pressing "Submit".

    This program is generously sponsored by the Ballantine Visiting Artist Fund.