ALH Mission

The mission of Art League Houston is to connect the community through diverse, dynamic, and creative experiences that bring people together to see, make, and talk about contemporary visual art. 

Founded in 1948, Art League Houston has radically evolved beyond the parameters of traditional art leagues. While keeping the core of the art league model – a robust membership deeply committed to the value of visual art in contemporary life – Art League Houston embraces contemporary approaches to curatorial programming, community-building, art education, and outreach to under-served communities.

ALH Galleries

  • ALH Main Gallery (Approximately 1200 sq. ft. Floor Space)
  • ALH Front Gallery (Approximately 600 sq. ft. Floor Space)
  • ALH Hallway Space (Approximately 200 sq. ft. Floor Space)
  • ALH Sculpture Garden (Approximately 1000 sq. ft. Floor Space)

Open Call for Submissions

Open Call for Submissions are reviewed once a year.

NEXT DEADLINE is January 31, 2018


Review Criteria

Art League Houston will consider proposals by local, regional, national, and international (emerging and established) artists/curators in all media that include the following:

  • Clarity and articulation of a central idea
  • Strong artistic quality
  • Artworks and projects that address social, political and cultural issues relevant to the local community
  • Relevancy to current dialogues in contemporary art
  • Opportunities for compelling ancillary programming such as performances, film, lectures, panel discussions, round tables etc.
  • Availability of curator and artist(s) to play an integral role in execution of exhibition and events
  • Artworks and projects that has not been previously shown in Houston
  • Platform artists/curators who reflect the local community


Open Call Review Process

The open call artwork submissions are reviewed by the Artist Advisory Board made up of artists and arts professionals from the region. The proposal selection process is highly competitive as Art League Houston receives many submissions each year. Artists are selected on overall quality and innovation.


Artist Stipends

As an artist centered organization, Art League Houston is committed to paying equitable artist fees to artists who participate in our programs. Art League Houston is proud to be W.A.G.E Certificated.

Artist fees are as follows:

  • Main Gallery: $1,800
  • Front Gallery: $1,100
  • Hallway Space: $400
  • Sculpture Garden: $1,100 


Proposal Guidelines

Exhibitions proposals are accepted online through Submittable.com. Please provide all of the below information ONLINE via www.Submittable.com. We do not accept hard copies or CD's of your proposal under any circumstances.


All proposals must include the following information:


Proposal 

Up to 500 words including the following information:

  • Title and description of proposed project
  • Identify artists
  • Special requirements, if any
  • Specify Main Gallery, Front Gallery, Hallway Space or Sculpture Garden


Artist Biography

Tell us a little about yourself
500 words
Artist bio must be saved as a PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) not to exceed one page.


Resume

  • Resume(s)/CV must be saved as a PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx) not to exceed two pages.
  • When proposing a group exhibition, save and submit all the artists’ resumes in one PDF, text file (.txt), or Microsoft Word document.


Artwork Examples:

  • Visual Artists — 10 digital images of work. Image files must be in a .JPG format. (Please provide a corresponding list of images including title, year, medium and dimensions for each piece).
  • Video and performance artists — for video, include a YouTube or Vimeo link. Videos must not exceed more than 3 minutes. (Please provide a corresponding list of video clips including title, year, medium and dimensions for each piece).


The selection process may take 8 weeks for completion. Once selection has been made, all artists will be notified by email. Please do not call or email to inquire about results.


ALH Exhibition Programming

Art League Houston selects visual arts programming using a hybrid of traditional approaches employing a combination of: 

  • Open call in an effort to be open and democratic
  • Artist advisory board input to ensure ALH is reflective, relevant and responsive to the local community
  • Focused curatorial vision to foster a thoughtful and critical exploration of current issues


Annual ALH Exhibits: