2018 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


 Solo Show #2

Main Street Gallery is offering you a chance to fill the Gallery and showcase your work. To be considered for selection, please submit three (3) pieces that demonstrate your show and provide a description and total number of pieces.

This is juried exhibit and results will be announced on October 6, 2018.

  • Entries due: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Notification: Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Drop off: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Opening: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Pick up: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

Solo Show #1

Main Street Gallery is offering you a chance to fill the Gallery and showcase your work. To be considered for selection, please submit three (3) pieces that demonstrate your show and provide a description and total number of pieces.

This is a juried exhibit and results will be announced on April 28th.

  • Entries due: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Notification: Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Drop off: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Opening: Saturday, May. 12, 2018
  • Pick up: Monday, June. 4, 2018


Elephant in the Room

Be inspired to create artwork that defines a very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it's something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. Sometimes pink elephant in the room.

  • Entries due: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
  • Notification: Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Drop off: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Opening: Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Pick up: Tuesday, May 1, 2018




ORIGINS: From Webster's Dictionary: That in which something has its beginning; source; root; cause.

That which is around us; our ethnicity; environment; ecology; nature; mood; and more influences us and drives us to accomplish. What gave you the intensity to create this work??

Your viewers will always want to know what initiated/guided your choices for your art project.


  • Entries due: Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
  • Notification: Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
  • Drop off: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2017
  • Opening: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017
  • Pick up: Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018




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.