Submission Guidelines

Visual Arts :: Media Arts :: Music


Hallwalls accepts submissions for art in any media by artists from anywhere in the world.

We have a preference toward new work, with an emphasis on installation, sculpture, and new media—none of which precludes submissions of paintings, drawings, or photography, et al (all of which find their way into our program).

Artists may propose specific works or provide work samples representing current/pending projects.

Submission packages should be forwarded electronically to:

Submission packages for the gallery should include the following information:
  • general artist's statement (one page max)
  • biography (one page max)
  • between 6—20 images

It is strongly suggested that submissions be packaged as PDF files.

February 28
August 31

Submission forwarded prior to each deadline will NOT be reviewed until the deadline. Contingent on quantity, replies to submissions will be emailed 4-6 after each deadline.

Please Note:

Hallwalls current gallery space in Babeville in downtown Buffalo is one room of approximately 1,400 square feet with 12 foot high walls (three of which are moveable within the space along specified paths) and 16 foot high ceilings. The space, since 2006, has been used for singular solo exhibitions, adjacent solo exhibitions, and group exhibitions. While compact, it has accommodated video installations, large-scale sculptures, built environments, as well as paintings, drawings, and work in many other media.

At any given time, the exhibition schedule is a year in advance. A given calendar year typically sees the receipt of upwards of 200 submissions for a maximum of 10 exhibition spaces, but do not be dissuaded—you cannot win if you do not play. And while curatorial staff also plan exhibitions apart from received submissions, we consider an open submission policy key to the process of ongoing curatorial and cultural research.


In addition to gallery space, Hallwalls also programs regular screenings of new and experimental film and video work—sometimes in the gallery, but also in our 75-seat cinema/performance space. Accordingly, submissions for screening events are also accepted. Screening submissions may include any type of media work suitable for screening—experimental, documentary, independent features, etc.

In the case of screenings, touring screening packages are also accepted for consideration.

Hallwalls' Cinema can accommodate Blu-ray, DVD, 16mm, 8mm, super 8, as well as several digital video file formats.

Submission packages should be forwarded electronically to:

Submission packages for screenings should include:
  • short sample reel or links to specific, viewable works (Vimeo, YouTube)
  • may include works in progress

Media arts screening submissions remain open year-long, with no specific deadlines.


Send recordings and info to:
Steve Baczkowski, Music Director
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
tel 716.854.1694 fax 716.854.1696
t: 716-854-1694
f: 716-854-1696

Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Jan. 10, 2020
through Feb. 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton features a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.
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1/23/20: Slavic Soul Party!

20 years ago at Hallwalls

Sun. Jan. 23, 2000

Screening of DEAR JOAN (Stephanie Gray, United States, 1999, 3min, b/w, Super-8); MARCELLO MASTROIANNI: I REMEMBER (Anna Maria Tato, Italy, 1999, 91min., 16mm documentary, Italian with English subtitl ...