2017 Gallery Main Street Exhibit Information

Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of original art approximately every eight weeks. All Gallery Main Street exhibits are juried, which means pieces are submitted for review by a jury panel of professional artists. Top-scoring pieces are selected for exhibit, and the piece with the highest score receives a Best in Show award. For more details on how to enter the jury process, please click on the entry link associated with the exhibits below.

PLEASE READ THE RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW for guidelines on the entry and participation process. All entrants will be required to adhere to the guidelines, no exceptions.

About our online entry service: We utilize SmarterEntry.com to accept entries and entry payments. You  must register as a user prior to your first submission. This step is free and sets you up to be able to enter Gallery exhibits now and in the future. There is no cost to register.




 Questions? Give us a call at (903) 593-6905 or email GalleryMainStreet@TylerTexas.com

 Pretty Ugly

In art, pretty and ugly are often inseparable. A unique balance of pretty and ugly often produces a piece that attracts the viewer in super natural ways. The happy accident, deterioration, rustic quality or an imperfection often gives a work of art its specialness. You are invited to explore the symbiotic relationship between pretty and ugly or present them as individual concepts. Inspiration may be gained by researching the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi.

  • Entries due: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Notification by: Friday, March 31, 2017

 Color Blind (ed)

A brilliant sunset with an open expanse of greys, yellows, whites, blues and more.......
An antique auto with glittery gold and black paint...or...a candy-apple-red 'vette....AHhhh!

The colors blind you to all else.  YOU are COLOR BLINDED!

Alternately, how can you express the blending of our human color range?


  • Entries due: Friday, June 16, 2017
  • Notification by: Friday, June 23, 2017


On the Cutting Room Floor

Be inspired to create an artwork by imagining what could be left behind to create a movie or a slideshow or chosen to be shown to a wide audience on a screen. Or perhaps it is just your vision to distill and refine your unique idea of an artwork.

  • Entries due: Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
  • Notification by: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017


Heavy Metal

Industrial influences or rock n roll? Rusted salvage or Ozzy Osbourne's guitar? Put on some music and get out your paintbrushes(or blowtorch?) and show us what heavy metal is to you!

  • Entries due: Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
  • Notification by: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Rules for Exhibit Entry and Participation

DESCRIPTION: Each exhibit is a juried competition organized by Gallery Main Street and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition. Exhibitions will primarily showcase the work of artists from the East Texas area. The scope of the exhibit will be two- or three-dimensional original art representing the artist’s interpretation of the show theme.

AWARDS: Monetary awards for juried works will be presented to the winner of the Best in Show award.

SALES: Gallery Main Street will retain a 20% commission on all sales. Please price your work accordingly. Purchaser will be responsible for picking up artwork or for shipping costs. Artist must fill out City of Tyler Vendor Form to receive payment.

ELIGIBILITY:  This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition fitting the theme as stated on the exhibition calendar and as interpreted by the artist. Only original art will be accepted (no giclees or reproductions). Two-dimensional works are to be ready-to-hang and shall not exceed 72” x 72”, including frame width. Exposed canvas edges are to be finished. Three-dimensional sculptured works must fit through a typical three-foot-wide doorway and be light enough for one person to handle. If special pedestals are needed to complete the piece, please send images displaying the work and pedestal and the size of the pedestal in addition to the images of art of the Jury. Source material must be your own design or your own photograph. Work taken from published images will not be accepted.

FRAMING:  Works that are two-dimensional must be ready to hang. Framing must be light enough for one person to handle and must be sturdy enough to support the weight of the work. All hanging works require wire-hanging hardware (no sawtooth hangers allowed). Improperly framed or damaged works will not be accepted or hung.

LIABILITY: Gallery Main Street will insure all works in the period between stated delivery and pick-up. All reasonable care will be taken in the handling of the entries. All works are insured subject to the limitations, terms and specifications of our fine art insurance policy, and liability will be isolated to our insurance policy.

ENTRY FEES AND PROCEDURE: A non-refundable entry fee of $20 qualifies an artist to submit up to three entries per exhibit. All work submitted for consideration must have been completed in the past two years. No late entries will be accepted. No more than three images per artist can be submitted for each exhibit. Do not submit more than one image of any work of art. Gallery Main Street and DTAC reserve the right to reproduce accepted works for promotional materials. The digital file must be in jpeg format no more than 1920 pixels at the widest point with a saved size of no less than 1 MB and no more than 3 MB resolution (many drug stores and photo labs do this).

Gallery Main Street and Jury panel reserve the right to refuse exhibition of work it deems inappropriate for the display in a public space. Any work not reflecting the digital image entered or any work not meeting the exhibition standards may be rejected by the jury panel at time of installation.


All accepted work is to be hand-delivered to the gallery at the statedtake-in date and time.  No works will be accepted by shipping. Artists are required to provide an Art Exhibition and Loan Agreement at the time of delivery completely filled in prior to arrival (agreements are sent via email upon acceptance). A copy of the signed Art Exhibition and Loan Agreement will be the receipt for all accepted works. Works may not be removed from the exhibit until the end of the show. Artists must pick up work at the designated calendar take-down date. A $10 per day fine will be imposed on all work not picked up on the take-down date. If work is not claimed within two weeks of that date, it will become the property of Gallery Main Street. Gallery will not store coverings or boxes of any kind for exhibition artwork.

Lindsey Building Mural Competition

Local artists have the opportunity to win a cash prize and have their work on exhibit at a major Downtown Tyler entry corridor via a project announced today by Invest in Tyler LLC and Heart of Tyler Inc.


The proposed mural site is on the Lindsey Building at the northwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Elm. Artists may enter the contest via Gallery Main Street's usual process in the Smarter Entry site. Button links to Smarter Entry can be round to the left of this article.


“Invest in Tyler, one of Tyler’s largest downtown property developers, is proud to support this project. Our goal over the next three to five years is to renew, refresh and rebuild Downtown Tyler. This project is one small step in bringing more life to our downtown. We have so many talented artists in East Texas and this is a fantastic opportunity for one of them to brighten up downtown,” said Al Thead of Invest in Tyler LLC.


“This project is a perfect example of what we want to see more of in the Downtown area,” said Heart of Tyler president-elect Jon Honea. “We are so happy to join forces with one of our major Downtown property owners to bring more character and visual interest to the Downtown area,” he said.


Representatives from Invest in Tyler, Heart of Tyler and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition’s public art committee will jury submissions and choose the winning entry. The artist whose proposal wins will receive a $500 cash prize and $1,000 stipend for materials.


The entry deadline is March 31. The winning entry will be announced by April 6, and the mural must be complete by May 25.



Not to scale; location approximate.