Artist Opportunities

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

What are the benefits of gallery membership


Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance gallery. The gallery is a non-profit cooperative promoting established and emerging artists from the Northern Virginia region. Artists are chosen for membership by a panel of jurors. Artists pay a fee for membership and are encouraged to attend gallery receptions. Benefits of Gallery Membership:

  • Member artists may exhibit multiple artworks each month in our 3000 square foot exhibition space
  • Excellent location in Crystal City near the new Amazon headquarters
  • Professional, adjustable track lighting
  • Metro adjacent, and free parking on nights and weekends
  • Public exposure through opening receptions and special events
  • Promotion in many local publications and to our extensive patron list
  • Personal web page on the gallery website and an online store of artists work
  • Monthly newsletter sent to our extensive patron list
  • Full time gallery staff manages every aspect of displaying your work:
    • From receiving, displaying, labeling, promoting, to processing sales and packaging your work for buyers
    • Coordinate and host gallery receptions and special events




What are the terms of membership?


  • All Gallery Underground members must be a member of Arlington Artists Alliance (see Become a Member)
  • $350 for 6 months membership. 20% commission per artwork sold goes to the gallery.
  • Attendance at all gallery receptions is strongly encouraged.
  • Specifics regarding the above information are outlined in the Artists Contract which all members must sign.




How do I apply for a solo show?


Please visit our Prospectus Page if you are interested in applying for a solo or group show at Gallery Underground




Who decides which applicants are chosen to become members of Gallery Underground?


Gallery Underground has a rotating panel of 3 anonymous jurors, all professional artists, who make decisions based on new applications for membership.




Who may apply to be a Gallery Underground Member Artist?


Any local artist may apply to become a Gallery Underground Member Artist.




If I am accepted as a Gallery Underground Member Artist, how soon do I get to start showing my work there?


Gallery Underground currently has a waitlist for Member Artists. It will likely be several months before a Member space in the Gallery opens up. All applicants are notified of their standing on the waitlist.




Do I have to be an Arlington Artists Alliance member to apply to be a Gallery Underground Member Artist?


No, you do not have to belong to Arlington Artists Alliance however Arlington Artists Alliance members are given priority on the wait list.




How is the waitlist organized?


All Applications that receive 3 YES-votes are placed on the Top waitlist in the chronological order in which they were received. Arlington Artist Alliance member’s Applications that receive 3 YES-votes are given priority over non-AAA applicants who received 3 YES-votes. They are put ahead of the first non-Arlington Artists Alliance applications which received 3 YES-votes. All Applications that receive 2 YES-votes are placed on the Secondary waitlist, in the chronological order in which they were received. Arlington Artist Alliance member’s Applications that receive 2 YES-votes are given priority over non-AAA applicants who received 2 YES-votes. They are put ahead of the first non-Arlington Artists Alliance applications which received 2 YES-votes. All Applications that receive two or three NO-votes will NOT be put on the waitlist. All Applicants are notified of the number of votes they have received. Download Membership Application FAQs




Who can I ask if I have further questions about this process?


For more information, email us at info@galleryunderground.org Or, call Gallery Underground: 571-483-0652




What is Studios Underground?


Art Underground is the newest northern Virginia arts “destination.” Anchored by the Gallery Underground at 2100 Crystal Drive, it is also flanked by the Studios Underground and is also the home of FotoDC (formerly DC Fotoweek) and Synetic Theatre and its various rehearsal and summer camp spaces. The Red Studios holds 13 working artists and the Blue Studios houses another 7 artists. A third set of studios – the Cyan Studios – is situated between the Gallery Underground and the Red Studios. All two dimensional media are represented in the studios and artists work a collective 20-hours/week or more. Stop in, check out the art or purchase a piece so new it hasn’t seen the world outside the studios! Regular working hours and weekend hours are maintained in the studios. For more information or to arrange an appointment with a particular artist, please email Studio Manager Steena Fullmer at art@galleryunderground.org. FOR ARTISTS: Studios are offered to artists looking for working space on a six-month (renewable) basis. Studios are mostly shared, and there is a collective work hours requirement for the Blue and Cyan Studios. Sightlines in studios are to be left open so Art Underground visitors can observe artists working. All spaces have running water. Please inquire with Studio Manager Steena Fullmer at art@galleryunderground.org if interested in getting on the waiting list.




What is the process for studio offers?


The Studios Underground is a joint venture between three groups – the Arlington Artists Alliance, the Crystal City Business Improvement District and Vornado, the owner of the Crystal City Underground where the studios are located. Artists who are members of the Arlington Artists Alliance receive preference for studio offers over non-Alliance artists. However, once the Alliance list of interested artists is exhausted, non-Alliance 2-D artists will be offered space on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently, artists requiring “heavy-up” electrical and/or flame to create art cannot be considered – however, this may change, so please inquire. Non-Alliance artists who live, work or are members of the Gallery Underground may join the Arlington Artists Alliance and thus move to the Alliance member waiting list ahead of non-Alliance members. According to the Arlington Artists Alliance charter, to be eligible for membership, artists must be residents of Arlington County, work in Arlington County or be a member of the Gallery Underground. Membership in the Arlington Artists Alliance is $50/year. The studio manager is currently looking to add more interested artists to the waiting list. Please inquire with Studio Manager Steena Fullmer at art@galleryunderground.org if interested in adding your name to the waiting list.




How can I apply to become a gallery member?


Click here to apply online.




How do I apply for the next National Juried Show at Gallery Underground?


You can apply for the next National Juried Show, Changing Perspectives, by clicking here.