Russell Gallery Artists Jurying - Summer 2017

Please note:

During 2018/2019 Construction, the Russell Gallery Artist Process is suspended until

the foyer and newly renovated areas are complete. 


Russell Gallery Process (Click)

Russell Gallery Policy 

The Russell Gallery is a beautiful and elegant space and the largest gallery in Plymouth Center for the Arts. Originally built in 1902 as a library by the Russell family, the property was re-dedicated as an art gallery & cultural center in 2008. The Russell is accompanied by other beautiful smaller galleries within the center. The Russell is the covetted space by artists, performers, musician, etc. because of its glorious vaulted ceilings, stately columns, and overal architectural beauty.  

The Art Center is open year-round, with 6 or more regularly scheduled juried shows each year. Occasionally, a show may have a special theme or unique requirements, which is announced well in advance; while not required, artists are encouraged to submit work related to the theme. Art submitted for display in the Russell Gallery may also be hung in the foyer to enhance first impressions and visitor experience.



  • All Members are welcome to submit to Russell Gallery Artist jurying process which takes place two times each year.
  • Candidates will be juried in a particular medium (painting, pastel, sculpture, photography, etc.); they may be juried in more than one medium, but each medium requires separate jurying. Work submitted in a medium in which the artist has not yet been juried may be submitted to the Members’ Gallery for display.

  • The quality of artwork and its presentation will also be juried for each exhibition cycle and must be at or above the level of your original submission for jurying. You will be contacted if your work is not selected for a show; you will be provided with a brief written statement explaining the reason for non- acceptance.



Once Juried in as Russell Gallery Artist -  Show Requirements for member art shows:

  • You must maintain Guild membership in order to show work in the Russell Gallery.

  • You may submit up to 2 pieces in each Russell Gallery Show.  In addition, you may submit up to 2 pieces in each Members’ Show.

  • Artwork may be exhibited at the Center (any gallery) only once per 12-month period. (This does not apply to work exhibited in the Annual Juried Art Show, the Annual Photography Show, or in private shows.)

  • Artwork must be original (no prints), for sale, and be marketable in our gallery.

  • The Guild charges 30% commission for sales resulting from exhibiting at the Center.

  • Artwork must remain on display for the duration of the show unless it is sold. When work is sold the artist may deliver a new piece to the Center to be displayed for the remainder of the show at no additional cost. The Gallery Committee will arrange for the new piece to be exhibited. Note that following registration, artwork may be handled, hung, exhibited, or rearranged only by members of the Gallery Committee.

  • Artwork not picked up during the designated hours at the end of a show is moved to a storage area. You will need to call the Center during regular business hours and schedule a pickup; the front desk volunteers cannot retrieve or release artwork. There is a $5 charge for work held beyond the scheduled pick up date; an additional fee of $5/month will be charged for storage.


    2-D Art

  • May not exceed 48” in any direction

  • Must be fully dry, signed, framed in a professional manner, properly wired (no

    alligator clips or saw tooth hangers), and ready for hanging. Wires must be taut; strong enough to hold the piece; securely attached to the sides of the frame; and installed 1/3 of the distance from the top of the piece. Stainless steel braided picture wire works best for smooth hanging.

  • All works on paper, including drawings, photography, original print work, and paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc.) must be under glass or plexiglass. Clamped glass, scarred mats, cracked or scratched glass/plexiglass, and damaged or “weathered” frames are not acceptable.

  • Wires must be taut; strong enough to hold the piece; securely attached to the frame; and installed 1/3 of the distance from the top of the piece.

  • Unframed works (paintings or photographs) on canvas may be submitted for approval. There is sometimes confusion between “gallery wrap” and “stretched canvas.” Gallery wrapped artwork with a finished border of 1.5” to 2.5” thickness will be accepted, provided the edges are appropriately finished. Artwork displayed on stretched canvas with border thickness of 1” or less thickness will not be accepted unless framed.

    3-D Art

    Includes sculpture, pottery, fiber art, and wooden pieces. The Guild has a limited number of pedestals, but please check to be sure they are available and adequate when registering. Artists must provide appropriate display materials for specialized works of art.


    A $10 fee is charged per shelf (1 square foot) in a locked display case, furnished by the Guild.

Awards and Judging

  • Each show will be judged by rotating members from a panel of judges. All work on display in both the Members’ Gallery and the Russell Gallery will be considered by the judges.

  • For themed shows, only artwork related to the theme will be included in the judging.

  • Visitors to the Center will be invited to vote for their favorite piece in the combined shows; a Most Popular ribbon will be awarded at the end of each show and that piece will be prominently displayed during the following show (at no cost to the artist).

  • Ribbons for First Place and 3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the Opening Receptions for each show, as will the ribbon for Most Popular from the prior show.

  • A list of awards, with photos, will be sent to local newspapers.

    Functions at the Center

    The building is frequently used for special events and meetings, which presents an opportunity to draw additional visitors to view your art. During these events we reserve the right to move the artwork as necessary to accommodate the needs of the special events. Every attempt will be made to keep all work visible.


    We welcome your help in running our beautiful art center. There are many volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer forms are available at the Front Desk at the Center.