These are general questions on the submission process. For more in-depth tips and guidelines please visit
- Who are your art calls open to? Calls are open to all local, domestic, national and international professional and amateur artists. There is no minimum age requirement.
- Where do I submit my work? We accept submissions HERE.
- Can I submit video work? Yes. Please be sure to provide a link of where it can be viewed and be sure to put in your title that it is a VIDEO.
- Can I submit 3D sculpture or Jewelry? Yes, but it will only be displayed online only. (This may change in the future)
- What other types of artwork do you accept? All art mediums will be considered in our calls, from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. Sizes up to 12 feet are acceptable. Work must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered for the live exhibition. Freestanding 3D artworks will be displayed online only. We are now accepting video and poetry entries for both live and online shows.
- How do I submit a poetry entry? First thing, make sure to indicate on the form that your entry is Poetry. Because of the way our entries are submitted, please upload a picture that goes with your poem. The image must be something that you have taken or created. If accepted this image will appear along with your poem. When you title the image put your First and Last Name_POETRY. Please put your poem where it says information about your artwork and also email us a word document of your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to indicate which show it is for and your city, state.
- By applying and filling out the call for entries form does that mean I am automatically accepted into an art show? No. By applying, you will join a group of other artists with relevant artwork who will be considered to be in an online art show. If your artwork is accepted it will be reviewed again for a collective live art show.
- If I don’t get in a show, will I get a refund? No. The cost of the entry fee is a nonrefundable fee that covers the administrative duties of our staff to organize the submissions and contact the artists.
- When will I be notified if I am accepted? Please be patient. We sometimes adjust the dates in later for the close of the entries, and email all artists within 3 weeks of the close. If we do not hear back from the accepted artists within a formidable time, we will attempt to reach them again by email or phone.
- When will the opening reception be for the show I just submitted to? We now schedule shows after we have the amount of acceptable entries. Our goal is to combine selected online themes into a collective live art show that will work well together. We give all of our online artists whom are accepted into our live art show at least 1 month notice, for adequate time to frame and ship their artwork.
- I have been emailing and phoning with questions but nobody has gotten back to me. Why? Please leave a voicemail and if you want your questions answered more quickly please email us.
- Why is it that some online shows have a lot of accepted works while others may only have a few? We have a lot of different themes and some are more popular than the others. Some art calls draw in very strong pieces and others not so much. We only accept and show what we feel to be exceptional art. If your artwork has been accepted your work will be showcased under that theme alongside your statement and a link to your website no matter how small the show is. If you had selected the option to be in the live show then your work will be judged again with the other accepted pieces that will form the collective live show at our Los Angeles gallery.
- I have been accepted to a live show, but can’t send my art. Do I have to send it to you? No, you don’t have to, but we would love to showcase it. We understand that it may not be feasible for you to get your artwork to our gallery for the opening reception. We will however take down your link for our live art show. It is important to let us know as soon as possible so we don’t have to hound you. If you still would like to be in the show but can’t send your orginal artwork we have a printing option (see bottom of page) so that you can still participate. You will need to inform the gallery that you will be using the print option and would still like to be considered for the live show, either by indicating it on your submission form, or (if accepted) your Winning Artist Information form, or by letting the gallery know otherwise.
- Can I come to the reception? Of course! It is an open show and we welcome all art lovers and art collectors. As a gift to our artists we conduct video interviews and take photographs of our artists who can make it. Please encourage your friends and family to come and make an investment in art.
- Is coming to the reception a requirement of participating in the live show? Not at all. We have a lot of artists that do fly in for the reception because it is a wonderful chance to make connections, but it is not a requirement.
- Do you accept Artist Books for your live exhibition? Our usual response is: if it can hang on a wall, we will consider it. We can make an exception for artist books as long as the artist understands that it will be displayed for guests to see and touch and will possibly be damaged. We will, gladly sell artist’s books in our reprint area. Same gallery commission will apply.
- Do I have to sign/submit an artist’s contract if I want to participate in the live show? Yes, ultimately there are other factors the contract takes into account in regards to the type of representation we can provide for you in case of a sale of your artwork. The contract not only sets out some ground rules for sales procedures, but solidifies your participation in the live show.
- What happens if I cannot participate in the live show even after I have confirmed my participation by submitting the contract? If you cannot participate in the live show due to artwork not being available we have a printing option that will allow you to comply with the contract and our terms. If you cannot participate in the live show at all, and are backing out completely, we do consider that as a breach of contract and terms you have already agreed to. By breaking the contract, you forfeit all your links on our website related to the live show and online theme you were originally accepted for along with any exposure and representation our gallery may have offered.
- How long is the online exhibition up for? The online exhibition is up permanently.
- What happens if someone wants to purchase my work from one of Linus Galleries’ online exhibitions? If someone contacts us about one of your artworks we have in our online gallery, we will check with you to see if your work is still available before we proceed with the inquiry.
Linus Galleries reserves the right to refuse to hang any given artwork if it looks different from the image submitted/accepted. If the image submitted does not truthfully represent the artwork as closely as possible, we will not hang it.
Additionally, if any artwork is not ready to hang, we will not accept it. We accept artwork that is unframed, however if it uses clips, nails, or other materials that involve the gallery staff doing more than necessary to prepare your item, or if the hanging method is insecure (tape squares and other adhesives) we reserve the right to refuse to hang the work or will not accept it at all. The only method we will accept is secure wire hanging.
These are general questions on framing, for more in-depth guidelines on framing, please visit How to Frame Artwork
- What kind of frame should I use? We strongly recommend that you frame your artwork in simple black frames. We will not accept ornate gold, silver frames or any crazy alternative colors. Please keep the creativity in your artwork, not your framing. We reserve the right to not hang your piece if it isn’t in a frame with a wire back.
- Do I need to mount my photographs or digital work? Yes, always! Mount your photographed prints! An unmounted print can bubble in the frame and looks extremely unprofessional. Canvas art needs to be stretched.
- What kind of materials should I use? Always use archival materials in making and presenting your artwork to preserve your art for future generations to enjoy. For those using glass, remember that this is California and our clients are used to plexiglass, plus it ships better.
- What kind of hanging wire should I use? Use stainless steel braided picture wire. It works best for smooth hanging and deters rusting. Your fingers will thank you if you use the kind that is coated. Do not use saw tooth hangers or other hangers.
- Should I sign my artwork? Signing your artwork is your choice as the artist. We do think it adds value to your work. Make sure that the material you are signing with is archival and that you sign it in a way that does not detract from the artwork. We do not recommend watermarking your work in place of a signature. Watermarks are only good when submitting your images for judging. Do not include your website or email in your signature it really detracts from the value of your work.
- Do I have to frame my artwork? Your artwork must be able to hang on the wall. Unframed canvas pieces are acceptable as long as they are ready to hang. Frame moldings are artist’s choice and may be with or without a mat and or glass/plexi.
- How do I price my artwork? Price is artist’s choice and should include your time and materials. Don’t forget to factor in commission. Please find the link at the bottom of this page that explains how to price your artwork. For more in-depth information, you can view this page.
Shipping & Dropping Off
These are general questions on how to ship artwork. For more in-depth guidelines, please visit
- What happens if I cannot afford to send my artwork? If you have been accepted and cannot afford to prepare your artwork for the exhibit then please notify us. You will still be featured on the website and we provide printing options for you to still be able to participate in our live exhibition if you have been chosen.
- Will you let me know when my artwork arrives? No. We have too many shipments to be able to notify you. Your shipping carrier should be able to track a package for you.
- What shipping methods should I use to ship to your gallery? Most people don’t know this little secret: you don’t need to be a huge shipper to have an account with a major shipping company such as Fedex, UPS, DHL or the US Postal Service. You can sign up online and print barcoded shipping labels online for shipping. You must include a return label and put it inside your box.
What happens if I do not provide the correct return shipping label with my artwork? We will consider your artwork a donation to the gallery. YOUR RETURN LABEL MUST HAVE A BAR CODE ON IT. Your label is not correct if it does not have a bar code on it. If you have a label with just your account or credit card number on it that means it has not been processed and it will not be picked up by your shipping company. DO NOT SEND the labels that you fill out by hand and ask for your credit card. Please see the images for this section.
How should I package my artwork for shipping? We highly recommend that you invest in good packing materials for your artwork to ship in. Proper packaging is a wise investment especially if you will be sending your pieces back and forth to galleries. Absolutely No peanuts and No pop corn! or we will charge you a $35 Janitorial Fee. Please follow this rule.
What shipping materials do you recommend? A clam shell box with a convoluted foam insert is THE BEST and makes packaging easy for you and your gallery owner.You can find examples of these at Uline.com If you are not going to package this way then we recommend wrapping your artwork in foam or bubble wrap without tape.
- Should I write anything on the box? Yes! Help us out and write your name and title of your artwork large and clear on the sides of the box as well as the size and weight of the box. See an example of a smart artist to the right.
- How do I get my artwork back if it does not sell? You must include a prepaid shipping label if you want your artwork back. It is free to open up an account and print out a prepaid/barcoded shipping label. No cash, only accounts or credit card numbers on shipping labels please. If the label does not have a bar code on it, it will not work. We prefer UPS but will accept any of the major shipping companies. If we do not receive a prepaid return label and your artwork does not sell we will consider your artwork a donation to the gallery.
- Do not use tape to hold together the bubble wrap or foam that is supposed to be protecting your artwork. Say it with me, “tape is evil and is not my friend!” It can stick to your art and ruin it. Tape not only makes your package impossible to open, it makes it twice as hard to try and reuse the packing material to send back your artwork safely. Invest in the few extra inches of foam or bubble wrap to properly cover your work or live large and go for the bubble wrap bag!
- Don’t use styrofoam popcorn! It’s not only bad for the environment but it also really difficult for our gallery workers to deal with.
- Absolutely No Peanuts or Popcorn filling in your boxes will be accepted. Why? Because we have to clean up after it, and it takes unnecessary time away from the things we need to do, namely hang artwork and prepare for our art shows. Time=money. So if you insist on packaging with peanuts or any flaking styrofoam material, there will be a $35 Janitorial Fee . Please follow this rule.
What should I know if I am shipping out of of Country? Please allow time for your shipment to pass through customs. If it is selected to be checked it will be delayed entrance into the U.S. You also need to specify on the shipping documents that all charges are applied to you as the shipper. If it is not specified and we receive an invoice we will then send you an invoice for double the amount. Most of our out-of-country artists now have us print their artwork for them to hang to avoid the costs and hassle of overseas shipping.
What if my artwork arrives damaged? By sending us your artwork and agreeing to be a part of the exhibit you also agree to the following if your artwork arrives damaged. We will do our best to repair the damage or hide it but we cannot email you pictures of the damage. If the damage cannot be repaired or if it looks too damaged to hang then we will store it to be returned or picked up as scheduled with the rest of the artwork. If the damage alters the price at all we can negotiate with the buyer and get your permission before the final sale.
How should I properly drop off my artwork? More than likely your artwork we will not be able to hang your artwork when it is dropped off. In consequence we ask all of our artists to please protect your artwork with proper packaging that is labeled as yours. For example, a bubble wrapped bag with your name and artwork written on it works wonderfully. Please note that if you do not pick up your artwork at the designated time we will consider your artwork a donation to the gallery.
Selling reprints at the live show.
So you’ve been chosen to participate in one of our live shows, how can you help promote yourself and your artwork further? Reprints are often easier to sell at a lower cost and if you are interested you can send/drop them off with your artwork.
- 8×10 to 11×14 is preferable with a border, but that is up to you.
- The price is your decision too, but usually ranges between $25-$55. (Be sure to factor in the 40% gallery commission).
- We recommend that reprints be done on a textured paper such as watercolor rag.
- Reprints must be packaged individually in a clear sleeve/bag so that the artwork is visible and include a business card. To prevent damage, include a mat board or foam core to slide behind the print.
- Price stickers should be placed on the external back of the bag. We suggest that you include an inventory sheet of what you are sending so that we know what we should have. If your reprints do not sell we will ship/give them back to you or you can donate them to the gallery.
Do you want Linus to print your artwork? (photography only)
If you are still deciding on whether or not to be considered for one of our live shows (choosing the option online and live when you submit to us), we have a printing option for you.
For those of you who wish to avoid the cost of shipping and possible damage to your artwork we have the ability to print a duplicate of your work(s) on a variety of fine art paper. The choice of which fine art paper to use is determined by our production staff and is dependent on the artwork itself.
- The fine art prints will be framed 20×24 with a white border
To print your artwork please email us a JPEG of your image by the live show print deadline. Final size should be 20×24 inches, 300DPI. Please do not add a border to your image. Send to email@example.com Please label the subject line: Print Artwork. Be sure to include the new price of your artwork. We will send you an invoice through PayPal.
- Printing does not happen unless you are accepted to a live show– please note this is an option to consider when submitting to one of our call for entries and if you would like to be considered for our live shows (If you have chosen to participate in the online show only, you will not be considered for the live show at all).
- Our first option: If you would like to print to own, for only $165 and an (optional) additional $30 to keep the frame we display it in, it is yours to keep if it is still available by the end of the show. You still decide on the price, but do take into consideration that this is an unsigned copy and it should be priced accordingly. If it sells, the gallery takes its previously-stated 40% commission
- Our second option: If instead you only want the printing service and then donate the print to the gallery, you would only spend $130 for the service. You still decide on the price, and if it sells, you will still retain your profits (minus the 40% commission for the gallery) If the print does not sell at the show and you decide you want to keep it after all for future shows, you may purchase the print for $50 more.
- The frame is an additional $30 for both options.
- Shipping is the responsibility of the artist for both options (unless it is donated to the gallery).
- You will be invoiced once we receive your image for printing.
Would you like Linus to print your reprints? (any medium of artwork)
We can also print your small reprints to sell at our live show. We print them on a fine art paper. We charge $40 for (4) 8×10 reprints and you choose how they are priced. If they do not sell they will be donated to the gallery or you may purchase the set for $40 more or $12 each.
If you would like to choose this option you must send us your image in JPEG format. Please do not add a border to your image(s). Final image size should be 8 x 10, 300 DPI. To order your reprints, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your image. The subject line should be titled Print Reprints. Please indicate the number of sets you would like to order.