Call for Artists

The Dollar Art House is currently accepting artist proposals for the 2017 exhibition season. 

The Dollar Art House is a DIY project of artists and Red Wedge Magazine editors Craig E. Ross and Adam Turl located in a second floor walk-up in south St. Louis. Dollar Art House aims to provide a platform for a popular avant-garde; experimental art that is connected to popular concerns and audiences. We take inspiration from art (both avant-garde and popular) that is oppositional in nature while also shaped by the material and inner lives of the exploited and oppressed. As global cities are progressively taken away from working-class people through gentrification we feel that we must create the platforms for a new art wherever the currents of neoliberalism have deposited us.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st.

Please send the following to dollararthouse@gmail.com

  • Subject line: Artist inquiry
  • Your name, e-mail and location
  • Still work: 7-12 digital images of your work along with image sheet (title, medium, date, dimensions)
  • Video: maximum five-minutes video running time
  • Both still and video: maximum five digital images and five minutes of video
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume or list of art exhibitions and experiences)
  • Typed proposal (500 words minimum – 1,000 words maximum)
  • Website link

Dollar Art House will provide:

  • Basic installation tools (drills, hammers, etc.)
  • Temporary housing during installation and opening (if applicable)
  • Promotion of exhibition in the St. Louis metro area (including press releases and notices)
  • Reception and open houses for people to view work
  • Assistance in installation of work

Dollar Art House cannot provide:

  • Travel expenses
  • Shipping costs
  • Insurance
  • Installation of work

Artists are responsible for getting work to the gallery, installing work, de-installing work, and removing work from the space. We will help but the artist has to take the lead.

Other important information: The Dollar Art House is an ideologically anti-capitalist, anti-racist, feminist, queer and anti-imperialist space. While we want work to deal with these issues in various and contradictory ways we will not consider work that we feel is objectively racist, sexist, imperialist, anti-working-class, etc.

At the same time, we do not believe that art must be overtly didactic. Art is both a social and spiritual phenomenon. Our guiding rubric is playing a role in the formation of a new popular avant-garde. We want art that is experimental and innovative that also deals with popular concerns (paying the rent, fighting police racism, opposing rape culture, the horrors of imperial war, the barbarism of the present order....).

There are three main exhibition areas -- the front room/gallery, an l-shaped hallway/gallery, and the kitchen/gallery (toward the back). A floorpan will be posted in the near future.

Above: Images from the "Hard Times Art Show" at the Dollar Art House (September-October 2016)

The Dollar Art House (second from left)

Selling work: Artists are free to sell work, if they so choose, while exhibiting at the Dollar Art House. We request that artists who do so during the exhibit donate 10 percent of any sales to the ongoing operation of the House.