COCA accepts proposals each year from individual artists and small groups for exhibitions at the downtown City Hall Art Gallery and the Artport Gallery at the Tallahassee International Airport. A volunteer jury of artists and citizens evaluates the proposals and recommends an exhibition season for the Art in Public Places program.
Whether guests come to the City Hall Art Gallery specifically for the exhibitions of local artwork, are attending a Commission meeting, or have business with the City, gallery goers can enjoy the light filled space throughout the entire 2nd floor mezzanine. Located at 300 South Adams Street, this space is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The gallery space can accommodate 40-60 artworks depending on size.
Amid the comings and goings of the Tallahassee International Airport, there is an oasis of art known as the Artport Gallery. Serving as a cultural gateway to Florida’s capital city, this space highlights the work of local artists and captures the imagination of travelers and citizens alike. Located at 3300 Capital Circle SW, this gallery is open to the public daily from 8:00 am – 11:30 pm. The gallery space can accommodate 30-40 artworks depending on size.
COCA curates exhibitions for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee.
A panel of volunteer jurors will review the submitted exhibition proposals and make recommendations to COCA's Exhibitions Manger. Artists will receive email notification of accepted and/or not accepted proposals. Images of artwork will be retained by the City of Tallahassee and COCA for promotion and documentation. If you are invited to exhibit, the Exhibitions Manager will collaborate with you to finalize the exhibition location, dates, and concept. After a verbal agreement is made, you will be asked to sign an agreement. COCA promotes exhibitions through our website, emails, social media, and local news outlets. We will also curate the exhibition, arrange and install it, prepare wall labels, promotional graphics, and create and print an exhibition brochure for gallery goers. Artists have the option of a public exhibit reception. COCA will coordinate the logistics and promotion of a public exhibit reception for a fee (see reception policy). The artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork to the gallery. 2D artwork must be framed and ready to hang in a manner that is compatible with the Walker hanging system used in the galleries. Artist may need to provide pedestals for display of 3D artwork. City policy prohibits display of artwork containing nudity or religious iconography. The City provides insurance coverage for artwork while on display in the galleries. Exhibitions are usually six to eight weeks in length.
Other COCA exhibition opportunities include two annual juried group shows - Photofest (an exhibition of fine art photography) on display November-January at Artport and Creative Tallahassee (all media) on display each spring in City Hall Art Gallery. Check out the Artist Directory on the Tallahassee Arts Guide. There is no fee to be added to this directory.
For artists invited to exhibit their work with COCA, all sales inquiries will be referred directly to the artist. COCA does not act as an agent and no sales commission will be charged. Artist contact information will be listed if indicated on the entry form.
Submission of an entry form shall imply an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions of this prospectus, including permission for reproduction of artwork images for documentation, publicity, and educational purposes. Work cannot be substituted once accepted for exhibition, nor can work be removed from the gallery prior to the end of the exhibition.
July 28, 2017 at 11:59pm
Deadline for application
No later than August 11, 2017
Notifications e-mailed to artists
Call COCA's Exhibition Manger, Amanda Karioth Thompson at 850-224-2500 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be asked to complete an electronic application which includes a brief description of your exhibition proposal, your exhibition preferences, and 10 digital images of your artwork. These images are not necessarily the artworks that will be included in the final exhibition (though they may be), rather, they are meant to provide the jurors with a sampling of your body of work from which an exhibition may be formulated.
Digital image files should not be larger than 1MB. When completing this application, you will be asked to fill out information about each of the artworks you intend to submit. You will then be able to upload your digital image files.
Name your digital files with your last name followed by the title of the artwork. For example, if your last name is Smith and the title of the artwork is "Sunset," you would name your digital image file SmithSunset.jpg or Smith_Sunset.jpg.
There is a $5.00 application fee for current COCA members and a $15.00 application fee for non-members. This fee is payable at the submission of the application form. You can check your COCA membership status by clicking here. Learn more about becoming a COCA member by clicking here.