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VisArts Solo Exhibitions 2025: Free, Open Call

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2025 solo exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery. Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art and feature emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art.  


  • The Gibbs Street Gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16-foot ceilings. It’s at street level with floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply.  
  • The Common Ground Gallery is located on Floor 2 and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply. 
  • The Concourse Gallery is located on Floor 2 and is approximately 500 square feet. It has curved windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply.  

Applicants who’ve participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years aren’t eligible to apply.  

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28 at 11:59 PM

All VisArts calls are free.

Incomplete applications won’t be reviewed.

Floor Plans of Galleries

SketchUp plans for the galleries are available upon request.  

Required Application Materials

  • Application form  
  • High resolution images with captions for up to 10 works of art.  
  • Images must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format with a minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.  
  • Film and video pieces are welcome; two minutes of video, film, sound, or performance documentation equals one work. You may submit up to 10 minutes of film or video in total. Videos must be in .mp4 or .mov file format.  
  • Artist statement (200 words maximum)  
  • Artist bio (200 words maximum)  
  • Exhibition proposal  
  • Resume/CV  

About VisArts
VisArts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts.  

A hub for artistic exploration and social impact since 1987, VisArts brings people together through shared creative experiences, including:  

  • Award-winning art classes, camps, and parties for children and adults  
  • Critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, programs + events  
  • Studio Artist and Emerging Curator programs  
  • VisAbility Art Lab and Accessible Arts Classes for artists with disabilities  
  • Community art workshops  
  • Art + Wellness programs  
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities  
  • The Rockville Arts Festival  

These inspire new ideas, encourage self-expression, embrace diverse perspectives, and celebrate the visual arts as fundamental to a connected community.  

VisArts is an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. We’re located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the neighborhood and surrounding cities. Rockville offers easy access to public transportation to Washington, DC via the Metro (Red Line), an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.  



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