The Gregg Museum of Art & Design is always pleased to have art and artists brought to our attention. We ask, however, that before submitting any of your work for review you carefully read through the following information first and consider our mission and programming to determine whether it is appropriate to this museum and its facilities. The best way to do this is to visit the museum and see some of its changing exhibitions.
Without prior arrangement, we cannot always immediately accommodate portfolio reviews or look at original works. The Gregg is not a retail sales art gallery and does not review unsolicited portfolios without appointment. No original work may be “dropped off” for review, and we will not be responsible for any such materials left, shipped to us or delivered without our foreknowledge and confirmation.
We do welcome having our art horizons broadened, but any work you would like us to look at should first be submitted as described below. Students and members of the NCSU campus community may contact us at any time to schedule meetings with our staff.
The Gregg’s mission is to collect, interpret and exhibit exemplary hand and machine-made objects in order to foster learning and understanding of the cultures of North Carolina and the world.
Our permanent collection maintains concentrations in several categories, especially ceramics, textiles, glass, photography, furniture, and outsider art, but it also includes fine examples of works on paper, paintings, sculptures, metals, jewelry, ethnographic or tribal artifacts, and technical, architectural, or scientific objects.
Submitted works are occasionally selected for temporary exhibition or for adding to the permanent collection, but always based on excellence of function, use of materials, and influence on the design of other objects, in addition to their historical or aesthetic importance.
If you believe you have work that may fit our mission and would like for us to see it, you may submit it as described below.
Your Own Art Work (or works for a proposed exhibition)
To submit items for consideration, mail us no more than 20 images of works in an envelope no larger than 9”x12”. We prefer laser or inkjet printouts, but will also look at digital images (burned on a CD as low-res jpegs or a pdf) or traditional photo prints. Please do not send slides. We do not accept original works of art or models, nor will we be responsible for any that are sent to us. Please do not call or email us regarding any submissions. Should the curatorial staff decide that the material you sent is of interest to our programs, we will contact you.
Submissions should include hard copies (printouts) of the following:
1. Cover letter, along with postal and email addresses, and phone numbers (daytime, home, mobile)
3. Supporting materials, if any (reviews, articles, catalogues, books, etc.) These will not be returned, so please don’t send anything you need to keep.
4. Up to 20 visual images of your work. We prefer printouts. Do not send slides. All materials (including prints and CDs) should be clearly marked with the artist’s (or owner’s) name and email address.
5. Do not send a S.A.S.E.—due to the large volume of materials and constantly changing postal regulations, we do not return any submitted materials, even if you include return postage. However, don’t forget to provide your contact information (see #1 above) so we can find you again.
Gregg Museum of Art & Design
Campus Box 7306
Raleigh, NC 27695-7306
NOTE: We do not provide critiques or valuations, although we are more than happy to consult with students about their work.
Our exhibitions are scheduled at least 2-3 years in advance, so it may be months before responses, if any, are sent. Works are reviewed at intervals, several times a year. No receipts for any submissions will be sent. We will contact you for more information if the work seems to fit our programming plans.
As much as we appreciate all forms of creativity and want to encourage all artists everywhere, we can’t exhibit or collect all the work we see, nor respond to each of the overwhelming number of requests we receive. We do, however, take a serious look at and consider carefully everything that is submitted.
Any failure to respond on our part should never be interpreted as a judgment of quality of any sort, and may only mean that we have shown or acquired similar work in the recent past or that it may not be in keeping with our current exhibition and program goals. When curating new shows, we sometimes revisit old files of submissions and contact artists whose work did not fit earlier goals, but does now.
Our permanent collection maintains concentrations in several categories, especially ceramics, textiles, fashion, glass, photography, furniture, folk and outsider art, but it also includes excellent examples of works on paper, paintings, sculptures, metals, jewelry, ethnographic or tribal artifacts, and technical, architectural, or scientific objects.
The Gregg carefully considers all offers of appropriate objects for donation. If you have an object or heirloom you believe might benefit our collection (see above) and are thinking about making a donation, please contact us at Mary_Hauser@ncsu.edu to find out if we can accept it for consideration.
Unfortunately, not all objects can be accepted automatically. Before our Collections Committee can consider such gifts and donations, they must first meet criteria based on their condition, whether or not they help fulfill collection, exhibition or educational needs, and whether we are equipped to handle and preserve them properly.
We welcome any questions regarding such offers; however, we cannot provide monetary valuations for gifts of objects; by law, arranging appraisals is the responsibility of the donor (objects valued under $5000 do not normally require a professional appraisal). The museum can provide a legal Deed of Gift for tax purposes for any donated item accepted into its collection.
After items are accepted into the collection, donors are always credited (as desired), in any upcoming exhibitions or publications in which their donations appear.
Note: We gladly accept donations of books for our art and design reference library, especially any dealing with subject matter represented in our permanent collection.