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We are now taking proposals for solo and group exhibitions and projects (from artists or curators) to take place in 2018 in Iowa City, IA.

PS1’s gallery program is a venue for innovative, experimental, and challenging contemporary art embedded in a multidisciplinary, accessible, and community-driven space. We encourage incoming artists/curators to activate the space by holding events such as screenings, artist talks, performances, or workshops. While all proposals will be seriously considered, highest priority is generally given to those that go beyond what is on the wall and fully uses the uniqueness of our space and offerings.

While most exhibitions will occur in our gallery space at 120 N. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City, we also program satellite spaces and are open to proposals that go beyond our space. We typically schedule exhibitions that last 3-4 weeks, though we are also interested in shorter, time-based events and projects. Please include any scheduling limitations and/or specific space needs in your proposal.

Send us a proposal describing your work and/or idea and explaining how you imagine it working in (or from out of) our space (feel free to visit if you are local, or contact us with questions if you are not). We welcome written proposals, digital images, or web links that explain or demonstrate your exhibition/event concept. Please email inquiries or your proposal to:

Proposals received by our early submission deadline, Sun. Dec. 10, will be considered for a March 2018 exhibition that will be part of the semi-annual Iowa City Gallery Walk, as well as for slots later in the year. Final deadline for proposals is Mon. Jan. 15.


PS1 is non-profit and almost completely volunteer-run, so we have a limited budget for exhibitions. We do provide: promotional exhibition postcards and fliers, reception food, and basic installation supplies/tools (see

We can usually provide: b/w photocopies, access to the Iowa City Press Co-op community print shop, access to large industrial kitchen, short homestay accommodations and home-cooked meals for visiting artists, and local scavenging/borrowing for installation items.

Funding/support beyond the above is not guaranteed, but we are happy to provide letters of support and will work to connect selected artists/curators with local resources that could provide additional funding/connections.



Gallery FAQs and Logistics

The image below shows our gallery/performance space layout. The performance space may be used for one-time events associated with the gallery, but will also host improv, theater, music, readings, screenings, etc. by various Iowa City groups throughout the course of each exhibition. You can see documentation of some previous exhibitions here.

What supplies do you provide to artists?
Because we are an almost completely volunteer-run space on a very limited budget, we are not able to cover shipping to the gallery or most materials.
We do provide: promotional exhibition postcards, reception food, basic installation supplies/tools, and white paint.
We can usually provide: b/w printing/copying (up to 11x17") in decent quantities, access to printmaking equipment and an industrial kitchen, homestay accommodations and home-cooked meals for visiting artists, and local scavenging/borrowing for installation items.

tech/furniture available for gallery use:
8 pedestals of varying shapes and sizes
a handful of flat and slanted wall shelves
40" flat-screen monitor with USB and A/V inputs (smart TV)
16" flat-screen monitor with A/V inputs
digital projector
DVD player
small portable speaker set
scrolling LED display
random assortment of furniture

Can I sell my work in the gallery?
We are a non-commercial gallery and therefore do not focus on making art sales or showing "sellable" work. However, you are welcome to price your work. If work sells, we ask for a donation of 20% of the sale price. We are also happy to host projects that engage with economies beyond the traditional gallery model.

Can I propose time-based and/or participatory work?
Yes!! We encourage artists to propose performances, screenings, happenings, workshops, etc. either as their project or in conjunction with a gallery exhibition.

More questions?
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