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Through The Lens
Art League Rhode Island
One Avenue of The Arts
Providence, RI 02903

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Rhode Island
Entry Deadline: 11/8/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 20
Entry Fee (Through The Lens - Entry Fee and First Image): $40.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$15.00


Call for Entry - Through The Lens - An Open Juried International Photography Exhibition

ALRI/The VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Through The Lens is your opportunity to exhibit the best of your photographic creations—the ones that make you or others say, “Wow!”  Let loose your vision and creativity for a fun show that allows for diverse art, but does not require it.  Your art may range from a well-composed still life black and white print to a colorful action-oriented triptych on metal to an innovative 3D arrangement of images, light, and other materials. Share the photographic work that you take pride in creating with an international community through both a gallery and web-based juried exhibit.

Please read this prospectus carefully and only consider submitting work if you can comply with the requirements and timetable outlined in this document.


Exhibition: Friday, December 1st, 2017, thru Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Registration Deadline: EXTENDED TO Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Reception and Awards: Thursday, December 14th, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Notification of Acceptance: On or before Monday, November 13th, 2017 via email. No inquires please. All decisions are final. 

ALRI has an 18-year history of supporting artists and the arts, and is honored to be one of five resident arts companies in The VETs Memorial Auditorium complex.

The VETs Gallery is part of the recently renovated VETs Memorial Auditorium complex, a state of the art performance facility. Thousands of visitors view the Gallery’s juried and invitational visual art exhibitions.  Adjacent to some of Providence's best shopping areas, restaurants and hotels, the ALRI-managed Gallery is close to the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.

Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. Ms. Tognarelli is well-known and respected in photographic communities within the United States and internationally for her work as a curator, juror, portfolio reviewer, arts administrator and innovator. To learn more, click on

Awards: A small number of cash awards totaling $1,000 will be given along with some non-cash awards.

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate to the extent that their participation is allowed under law.

Artwork: Photography from any genre, medium, substrate, process or perspective— contemporary, historical, experimental, or futuristic—is eligible. The art may be 2D or 3D.  All art must have photography as its dominate element as determined solely by ALRI.

Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung.  Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. No dark colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.  Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

Submittal Fee:  Artists may submit up to 20 images of their entries. For non-ALRI members, the application entry fee, which includes the first image fee, is $40, and the fee for each subsequent image is $15.  For current ALRI Members or Elected Artist Members who use the discount code, which will be e-mailed to them, the application entry fee is reduced to $30, and for each subsequent image is only $9.  All CAFE fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit/debit card.  Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition.

Want to become an ALRI Member? ALRI membership offers many benefits to artists. If you would like to explore ALRI and join as a Member, please go to the link,, and click on the "Learn More" button in the “JOIN” box. 

Size Limit: Maximum size up to 48” wide and 72” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work.  3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24" x 24” or less with a weight limit 35 lbs.

Installation Pieces: Must include a detailed description of any electrical, lighting, or space requirements.

In-Person Delivery of Accepted Work: All in-person deliveries will be made immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Monday, November 27th, and Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, at The VETS Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence.  The times will be communicated to the artists via e-mail or other announcement.  Access is provided via the street level entrance at 83 Park Street at the rear of the building. Parking is available either on the street, or in the Providence Place Mall parking garage.  Anyone delivering artwork in person must remove any packing materials used from the Gallery. Please DO NOT use Styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing.  Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Shipment of Accepted Work:  Shipped deliveries must arrive at a designated UPS facility in Rhode Island by Saturday, November 25th, 2017, based on specific instructions that will be communicated via e-mail to those artists whose work is accepted.  Each box shipped must be accompanied by a prepaid, return shipment label which is placed in an envelope inside the box. Please make sure that the box and materials that you use will adequately protect your work, and DO NOT use Styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing.  A $15 ALRI handling fee will be required for each box shipped.  Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.                                                    

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person will pick it up on Monday, March 5th, or Tuesday, March 6th.  The times will be communicated to the artists via e-mail or other announcement.  Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent using its prepaid return shipping label. 

If ALRI, UPS, or other carrier determines that the packaging is not adequate to safely ship the art back to the artist, ALRI will contact the artist.  The artist must notify ALRI in writing of any changes in their contact information, or their intended place or time of return of their art, prior to the end of the exhibition.  The artist is solely responsible for any time, materials, storage, shipment, or other charges that may arise from inadequate packaging, delayed or redirected shipments, nonresponse of the artist, or any other artist requests.  All additional charges must be paid prior to the return of the art.

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% (members) or 40% (non-members) commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes. 

Liability - Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver:  Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. By submitting images, you give ALRI the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition, and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.  Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions.

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