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Art Above the Sofa: Next Generation
April 27, 2017 to April 30, 2017
171 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY
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Application Dates:
Feb 16, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Mar 18 - Mar 24, 2017
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
Apr 10, 2017

The Show

The purpose of this show is to bring attention to emerging artists whom we believe already have exciting, innovative ideas for the next wave of art making and exhibiting.  We propose the sofa as the site for their creativity in response to the current trend of making art bigger, thus demanding a larger foot-print in the environment.  We therefore challenge today’s artist to think small and accessible, to orient art toward conserving space, ideally in a domestic setting, rather than the gallery, museum or landscape.  As a project, we hope “Art Above the Sofa: Next Generation” strikes a mindful chord: art for all, art for the environment, art for world unity and peace.  Millennials – lead the way!

The winners work will be exhibited at 171 Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Kenmare Streets, not far from the New Museum, from April 27-30, 2017.  There will be two first-place winners: one selected by an online popular vote and one selected by a panel of artists, curators, critics, dealers and designers.  The winners and jurors will receive honoraria for their participation.  The jury winner will be installed above a real sofa. The second and third place winners will be featured on the walls, surrounding the sofa installation.


Submission Specifications

Art work can be in any medium as long as it is able to be hung on a wall – above a sofa

Pieces should be no larger than 65” long 48” tall

All submissions must include:

·         High Res photo (Jpeg) of the art work - up close

·         High Res photo (Jpeg) of the art work above a sofa – this is an opportunity to curate your own exhibit

·         High Res photo (Jpeg) of the artist – does not need to be a traditional headshot, but please show your face

·         A short bio – just a few sentences to tell us who you are and your website


Application, Fees,  and Deadline 

Application fee $50; Late Fee $20

Application Deadline March 17 2017

Late Deadline March 24 2017


Show Dates

Press Opening – 6-9 pm Thursday April 27 2017

Opening Night – 2-9 pm Friday April 28 2017

Saturday -10 am – 8 pm April 29 2017

Sunday 10:30am – 5 pm April 30 2017



Art Above The Sofa – Pop up Gallery

171 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10012

Between Spring St and Kenmare St



Must be a student enrolled in a accredited AA, BA, MA or PhD program



Artworks will be for sale unless specified NFS by the artist. NY Arts Exchange will handle all sales, collect sales tax and will remit to the artist. A 15% commission will be retained by NY Arts Exchange. Works sold will remain in the gallery until the completion of the show. The purchaser and artist will make arrangements for delivery of the artwork to the purchaser at the purchaser’s expense. No price changes can be made after acceptance into the exhibition

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