Welcome to the Online Submission Website for Rochester Contemporary Art Center's Take Back the Walls Exhibition


Take Back the Walls

An Exhibition of Artworks by Museum, Gallery and Arts Organization Staff


Rochester Contemporary Art Center

137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604


Dates: August 31-September 21, 2019

Registration Fee: $10.00


Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) announces Take Back the Walls, a juried exhibition of artworks by museum, gallery and arts organization staff. This new, statewide project will highlight the many artists who work in New York's numerous arts institutions and galleries, yet are often behind the scenes.


Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 5pm

Notice of Acceptance: Monday, July 15 via email

Accepted Artwork Drop Off: August 16-18, 12-5pm

Industry Night (Opening Reception): Saturday, August 31, 6-9pm

First Friday: September 6, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: August 31 - September 21

Artwork Pick Up: September 22, 5-7pm, September 23 & 24, 12-6pm

RoCo invites employees of museums, visual art spaces and galleries to come into the light and take back the walls to which they have dedicated so much. Anyone who is employed by an arts organization in New York State is invited to submit work for display in Take Back the Walls. This exhibition is juried by Karlos Carcamo, a multidisciplinary artist and framer at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC. There is a $10 registration fee per artist. Each artist may enter up to 6 submissions (artworks). RoCo will aim to exhibit a small body of work by each selected artist. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, June 30 at 5pm. 

*We know submission websites can be a PIA. We decided to use ArtCall in order to keep the submissions organized and to easily facilitate jurying. Registration fees will pay for the service and the juror(s). To Register and Login, use the link at the top of this application.


Eligibility: We invite current employees of museums, visual art spaces and galleries in New York State to submit their artwork for exhibition. Both 2D and 3D works of all mediums are accepted. This call excludes past employees and family members of the employee.

Awards will be presented for a few optional and lighthearted categories.

Institutional Critique Award: This exhibition is intended to celebrate those working within the vast and layered Art World. Projects/artworks that reference the conventions of the field or are self-referential to the art museum/gallery scene will be considered for this award.

Repurposed Materials AwardThis award honors those who gather some or all of their materials while on the job. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us and will be awarded in private! ; )

Creative Shipping Award: Are you bringing your piece strapped to the top of your car? Or is your crate humidity controlled? Is your packing tape expertly folded to provide a lift strip? We appreciate all the time and care arts professionals put into protecting art – this one’s for you art handlers, registrars and conservators.

About the Juror

Karlos Carcamo is a multidisciplinary artist whose work touches on themes that incorporate high and low cultural references, art history, and urban culture. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and his MFA from Hunter College, both in New York. He has exhibited extensively including at the Brooklyn Museum; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is in the collection of El Museo de Arte de El Salvador, El Museo del Barrio, The Deutsche Bank Art Foundation and the Mario Cader-French Collection. He was awarded a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 1998, the Lower Eastside Printshop in 2009 and was part of the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace Program in 2000. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, and the Village Voice, among other publications. Carcamo's work was included in the exhibition Street-ish at Rochester Contemporary Art Center in 2013. Carcamo has also worked within the Museum field as an art installer, exhibitions preparator and conservation picture framer for the last 27 years at venues such as International Center of Photography, Asia Society, Queens Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.


Submission Requirements

Submitted works may be 2D or 3D. Submitted works must be produced no earlier than 2016. Works previously displayed at RoCo are not eligible for this exhibition. Submission images must be less than 4MB each and greater than 960px. For a tutorial on resizing images, visit: https://youtu.be/1cLfrF2x_OA


RoCo reserves the right to use photographs of exhibited works on its website/for any promotional purposes.



Works must be displayed throughout the entire length of the exhibition. All 2D artworks must be wired, ready to hang and must not exceed 40" by 40" in size. All 3D artworks must be stable and able to sit on pedestals or shelves provided by the gallery. Any special requirements for hanging must be discussed with RoCo staff in advance of delivery.


Pick-up and Delivery

Artworks must be delivered by August 18 or postmarked by August 10. Artists must deliver works during drop-off dates and must pick-up works during scheduled times (see important dates for details). RoCo is not responsible for the return of any artwork(s) if unclaimed during pick-up dates, or when no arrangements have been made.


Sale of Works

Artists may, but are not required to, offer works for sale. Any sales that occur during the show will be handled by RoCo. A small commission of 25% will be taken by RoCo and 75% will go to the artist. Checks will be mailed to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing date.


By submitting works into this exhibition, you agree to the above terms and conditions.


About RoCo

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.

For further inquiries: exhibitions@rochestercontemporary.org