Call for artists

Call for Art

Art of the Quarantine

Exhibition Overview:

The Helen S. Smith Gallery in partnership with The Cave Gallery presents The Art of the Quarantine this January, virtually featuring works by approximately 100 artists from the Cave in various stages of their creative growth.  This exhibition brings us together while we continue to be apart.  Stay tuned for the opening of the first phase of this exhibition on January 10th, 2021.

Art of the Quarantine will function as a prompt for a bigger community conversation and response as it moves to Green River College.  That’s where you come in!  Helen S. Smith Gallery partnered with Art at the Cave to continue the conversation by extending and building on the exhibition as a way to support artists, build community and dive into a bigger academic conversation about the role of art during the pandemic.  It is often said that “Art reflects life.”  During this unprecedented time of quarantine, art, for many is a way to address psychological and emotional undertones without words.  Art is a therapeutic coping mechanism, it is self-expression in isolation, it brings us together as a shared experience, and for some, a cultural necessity as we move toward recovery.  We are calling for art made in response to this prompt.

The Art of the Quarantine continues as a rolling exhibition into the spring accompanied by artist talks and discussions.  All works submitted by artists working in the Northwest will be featured virtually on the Helen S. Smith Gallery website until April, 2021.  Additionally, from the works submitted, a curated exhibition of a select few pieces will be featured by the Helen S. Smith Gallery in April.  One artist will be selected for a solo exhibition physically in the Gallery in 2023.

About the Gallery:

The Helen S. Smith Gallery on Green River College’s main campus was named in honor of the college Foundation’s first President. In addition to being one of the college’s founding members, she was known as a strong advocate for the arts in the community.  Now 50 years and counting, the gallery continues to carry on her legacy by presenting compelling and innovative exhibitions featuring emerging and established Northwest Artists throughout the year.  The gallery also highlights works by Green River student artists twice annually.



Please submit the following materials by February 1, 2021 to be included in the exhibition:

  1. Work Samples: Please submit up to 5 high quality JPGs (no larger than 2MB). Label files as:
  2. Complete and submit the Green River College media release form. If you are under 18, this must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  3. Complete and submit the Helen S. Smith Gallery Submission form.
  4. Submission Process: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. To submit your digital files, please visit This is a Dropbox data collection site.  You will be able to upload your files to this site provided they are under 2MB each.  Once uploaded, you will not be able to see or change them.

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The Helen S. Smith Gallery does not take a commission on works sold.  All inquiries regarding sales will be forwarded directly to the artist.


Sarah Dillon Gilmartin

Gallery Director

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Due to COVID-19, the Helen S. Smith Gallery is currently closed to the public. Please enjoy our virtual exhibitions!

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Upcoming Exhibitions

The Art of the Quarantine (Jan 10 - Feb 2021)

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