Category: Call for Artists

Call for Entries: Mask & Carry

Call for Entries: Mask & Carry

Coming soon: “Mask & Carry”​
Work due Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Show runs November 23rd, 2020, through January 8th, 2021
Reception TBA

​For this year’s holiday fundraiser show, The Exchange masks up!

​Since 2014, The Exchange has hosted a year-end art exhibition called “Cash & Carry”: We gave away wooden panels for artists to make art on, and we sold every piece for the same price.

This year, we will give away plain white 100%-cotton face masks for a “Mask & Carry” exhibition. As always, artists can make any sort of artwork on them – painting, drawing, sewing, collaging, sculpting, tie-dyeing, any medium at all. All of the finished pieces will go on display at the Exchange Gallery starting Saturday, November 21st, and the “Mask & Carry” exhibition will run through the 8th of January, 2021.

All of the masks in the show will go on view at an e-commerce site so buyers can browse and purchase on the Web; we will have that link out to you when the show opens and sales begin. All pieces will also go up on the Instagram page.

In this year that the COVID crisis has affected everything that The Exchange does, as it has affected every person reading this, we make a special request of our artists: We ask all of you to do your work on your masks as donations to The Exchange; that way, all of the proceeds will go directly to keeping our lights on and into the programming that brings the arts to all communities throughout our region – the Gallery, the Art Cart, the Listening Room, and more. Your donations in this show will help ensure that we can continue to keep such a low commission, 20%, in all of our other shows. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Artists may also start from scratch and enter masks of their own design, of any size at all (as long as they fit through the front door) and constructed of any material, substance, or matter. These artists also agree to donate all of the proceeds to The Exchange – which we will appreciate immensely!
​Because all of the masks in the show will have become artwork, The Exchange does NOT recommend wearing any of them as protective gear – but one certainly may at a proper physical distance in any situation where one would not need a mask.

You may pick up your mask to work on at The Exchange during our regular open hours (

​The Exchange turned ten years old in 2020, and we had intended to celebrate all year long, with concerts at venues throughout Columbia and Montour Counties as well as our Gallery shows, some of which hearkened back to themes that we had solicited work on in the past – thus our third “Nest” and “Cover of a Cover” exhibitions. The first six annual “Cash & Carry” shows have attracted as many as 521 pieces in each, with the artists representing a broad and deep cross-section of the people in our community, from university art professors to preschool children and everyone in between. We look forward to just as diverse a group of artists in “Mask & Carry”.

For more information about The Exchange and our ongoing “Listening Room” concert series, sponsored in part by Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., visit For information about arts events and opportunities throughout our region, visit

“Doppelganger” open call show

“Doppelganger” open call show

​Work due by Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Show runs Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, October 9th, 2020
Reception TBA

The dictionary defines it thus:

dop·pel·gäng·er — /ˈdäpəlˌɡaNGər/, noun — an apparition or double of a living person

​What does “doppelganger” mean to YOU?  We want to see your artwork: As always, all interpretations in all media accepted — 2-D, 3-D, video, installation, etc.

Artwork on the banner above by Central Columbia High School students Rylee Granville and Stefen Antonopoulos for the 2018 Halloween Window Painting in Bloomsburg, an annual tradition going back half a century in which middle- and high-school students decorate storefront windows on Main Street — including, the past six years, at The Exchange.


Moose Exchange throwback open-call show — “Nest 3”

​Work due Saturday, August 1st, 2020 (Gallery open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; you may also bring in work the week before)
Show runs Monday, August 3rd through Friday, September 4th, 2020
Reception TBA​

Celebrating The Exchange’s tenth anniversary, we bring back this popular open-call show theme from the past — the theme of the first open-call show we ever did, in the erstwhile Stairwell Gallery at the Moose Exchange in 2013.  Back then 24 artists answered the call, from college art professors to a middle-school student, and we knew that we had a good thing going, both with the theme and with the idea of open-call shows: We have done more than fifty shows since then open to all artists of every age and level of experience from all over.

You may interpret “nest” however you wish, in any medium; as long as your piece fits through the front door, we’ll display it.

CALLS FOR ENTRIES: “Cover of a Cover”, “Nest 3”, & “Doppelganger”

CALLS FOR ENTRIES: “Cover of a Cover”, “Nest 3”, & “Doppelganger”

The Exchange Gallery calls all regional artists to enter three upcoming exhibitions. All will hang in the Exchange Gallery and each will have an enhanced on-line presence as well.

All interpretations and all media including installation proposals accepted. In common with all of our exhibitions, we welcome all artists regardless of level of experience and abilities.


Work due Saturday, June 27th
Show runs Monday, June 29th, through Friday, July 31st

Celebrating The Exchange’s tenth anniversary, we have brought back one of the most popular open-call shows from the past: Show us how YOU reimagine a record album cover! Whether “Dark Side of the Moon” or Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” or the Berlin Philharmonic’s Verdi “Requiem” or any other album at all in any style and from any era, you can use any medium. LP sleeves measure 12″ x 12″, but do not let that limit you; work just needs to fit through the front door, and you can work in 2-D and 3-D media.


“NEST 3”
Work due Saturday, August 1st
Show runs Monday, August 3rd, through Friday, September 4th

Celebrating The Exchange’s tenth anniversary, we bring back this popular open-call show theme from the past. Interpret “nest” however you wish; as long as your piece fits through the front door, we’ll display it! For a fascinating look at the science of birds’ nests, see this story from the New York Times.


Work due Saturday, September 5th
Show runs Tuesday, September 8th, through Friday, October 9th

The dictionary defines it thus: dop·pel·gäng·er — /ˈdäpəlˌɡaNGər/, noun — an apparition or double of a living person. What does “doppelganger” mean to YOU? We want to see your artwork!


To download a loan agreement form, which must accompany all entered artwork, click here.

Questions? Give us a call at 570-317-2596 or drop us a line at [email protected]

Arthaus Projects wants you to decorate their front window

Arthaus Projects wants you to decorate their front window

Over the years, our front window at Arthaus Projects has been used in a ton of different ways to make a statement. Since we can’t safely host gallery openings anymore, we’d like to challenge our artist friends to come up with something creative to transform this space! It’ll be on display 24/7 for at least a month. Our patrons of the gallery can safely enjoy it from the comfort of their car parked on 4th Street. Please email your idea to [email protected] Best submission gets $100. We are even willing to help w/ some of the materials like cut vinyl, paint to help transform the space. Go create!

Call for entries for an on-line exhibition: “Bridging the Physical Distancing Postcard Show”

Call for entries for an on-line exhibition: “Bridging the Physical Distancing Postcard Show”

Reprising the postcard show “Let Me Introduce Myself” that the Exchange Gallery held in 2016 (photo above), we now ask artists to submit work for “Bridging the Physical Distancing Postcard Show”, an on-line exhibition.

We’d like artists to make postcards and send them to other artists — so if you make and send one, you will also receive one!  If you would like to participate, e-mail your postal mailing address to us at [email protected]; we will randomly send it to one of the other artists, and we will send another randomly-chosen name and address to you for you to send your artwork to.

After you make your artwork but before you send it, please photograph it and e-mail us that photo; likewise, when you receive the artwork from the other artist, please photograph the front and back and e-mail us both of those photos.

Postcards come in two sizes/prices, you may choose either one (artists responsible for all postage.):

First-Class Mail® Postcards — maximum size: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high by .016 inch thick, postage 35 cents

First-Class Mail® Stamped Large Postcards — maximum size: 11-1/2 inches long by 6-1/8 inches high by 1/4 inch thick, postage 55 cents (a Forever® stamp)

We would like to have the names and addresses of participating artists as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, the 1st of May, and we encourage you to put your pieces in the mail by Monday, the 4th of May.  We will start posting the photos into the Exhibits page on our Web site and onto our Facebook page as soon as they start coming in.

Looking forward to having you all help bridge the distancing!