Our exhibits are curator driven.
Exhibits at the Chris White Gallery usually have a curator.
Curators work with the gallery to manage exhibitions. This includes planning the display of work, setting calendar dates, arranging events, providing publicity materials, arranging delivery and pick-up of work, etc. In general, we pay curators for their work. In general, we pay a professional other than the curator to install exhibits per curator’s instructions. We are a non-profit organization and exhibit proposals must be approved by our board.
Negotiate a signed exhibition agreement.
This document details the proposed exhibit including the exhibit title, description of the work to be displayed, and a list of proposed exhibit events. Ideally dates for the exhibit will be set as well, including the date work will be delivered to the gallery and the date work will be picked up.
The gallery covers most expenses but a budget must be set to include curator and installation fees, and the cost of special refreshments, musicians, signage, take-away sheets, etc.
Curator should provide a press release for the exhibit and at least one image of the artwork to be displayed. As of July, 2022, the gallery publicizes events with email blasts, with posts on Facebook and Instagram, with 5.5×8.5-inch take-away cards printed for each exhibit, and by working with Art Loop, the City of Wilmington’s first-Friday city-wide celebration of the arts.
Loan of Art Agreements from Artists
On delivery of artwork to the gallery, each artist must sign a Loan of Art Agreement. This document includes the artist’s name and contact information, and a list of the artwork delivered. Labels are made from this list. The agreement makes clear that artists exhibit at their own risk. Curators are responsible for collecting these Loan of Art Agreements and giving them to the gallery. Click here to see a typical Loan of Art Agreement.