Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

Artists and guest curators interested in submitting an exhibition proposal, please follow the guidelines below.


The mission of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is to provide and promote diverse visual arts experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibition, education, creation and collaboration. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s permanent collection conserves an artistic legacy on the California Central Coast.


The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, located in downtown San Luis Obispo on the west end of Mission Plaza, is at the heart of the city's cultural corridor. Within the Museum of Art are three gallery spaces. The Gray Wing gallery is the largest space with 190 linear feet, 10-foot high ceilings, four moveable walls, polished cement floors and two entrances. The First Gallery is 49 or 64-linear feet, depending on usage, 8-foot ceilings, some natural light and carpeting. The McMeen Gallery is 64-linear feet with 8-foot ceilings, and carpeted floors.


All media is acceptable. Proposals may be for a one-person or group exhibition (which may be juried, curated or invitational). The Museum of Art is particularly interested in contemporary California artists. The exhibition must have a concept that is current and relevant. All works accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the exhibit. Works may or may not be for sale.
A committee will oversee the screening of proposals. The criteria for judging will focus on the degree of technical skill, aesthetic qualities and alignment with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s mission.

Proposals should be submitted on DVD or CD. Include complete contact information, CV/résumé, exhibition history (if relevant), curatorial statement with a description of the exhibit and explanation of the idea in 500 words or less, 20 images of the artwork as jpgs at 300 dpi labeled by title, size and medium.

Your proposal will not be returned unless you provide a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Send to: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Exhibition Proposals
PO Box 813, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406          805.543.8562

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