The Center Gallery is different from regular retail galleries. While we may not have consistent business hours for gallery visitors, we do have a select, art-appreciating clientele and a significant level of foot traffic. In fact, we have more than 100,000 guests enter through our doors annually. We are more than willing to work with an artist for portfolio photography, private showings, etc. if advance notice is given and dates and times pre-arranged.
Publicity: The images and information you provide may be used for publicity and marketing if your work is selected for an exhibition. We will help promote the show with an advertisement in our program, and to our Friends of The Washington Center mailing list, as well as posters and printed announcements designed in-house and distributed locally.
Installation: The Washington Center for Performing Arts is a working theater, installation dates are carefully worked into the schedule depending on numerous other events and rentals. Once the gallery is booked for your show, you, the artist are expected to arrive at the time of the installation with your work show-ready. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the installation, or potential display requirements, of any artworks that have been selected for exhibition. We do have a limited amount of space available on the balcony level for sculpture or three-dimensional art, however, if display pedestals will be necessary you must provide your own or make arrangements with the Gallery Manager as soon as possible; pedestals will not be provided without advance notice.
Typically, the installation will take three days with placement comprising most of the first day. The artist is encouraged to participate in the installation and may bring up to 3 helpers to expedite the process, however, the Gallery Manager and up to 2 WCPA Volunteers will always be available. The Center provides ladders and all the basic equipment for the installation, however, if your items need special installation such as shelving, pedestals, or other mounting materials, you may need to provide them. It is recommended that the artist(s) schedule a visit to scout the space in advance of any show/hang decisions.
Art Reception: The Washington Center will host an “Artist Reception” in the Center Gallery during each exhibition. The reception date will be determined by the Executive Director based off of schedule availability. This is a free public event and may occur before a ticketed main-stage event in order to increase awareness and publicity of the art exhibition.
Sales: The Washington Center Gallery will provide services for anyone interested in purchasing artwork. Our Box Office team will be provided with a list of all items and prices once the installation is set; they are prepared to process cash, checks, and credit cards and will hold all proceeds until the close of show. Artwork that is sold may be collected at the end of the exhibition; any shipping costs will be paid by the buyer.