List of Approachable Galleries (2013 Edition)

Where does your work have the best chance of getting shown?

Entering photo competitions can be a great way to get your work out there and possibly get shown in a group exhibition. However, there are many galleries that are looking for submissions of new work year round. We’ve been hard at work compiling a list of approachable galleries that might be more open to accepting work from emerging photographers.

We have done further research to amend this resource and are preparing our List of Approachable Galleries Redux for publication in the coming weeks. Sign up and be the first to know when we release the new list!

Photographic Art Centers

Photo arts centers are an excellent place to start submitting your work. Many of them have an open deadline and no submission fee, offering the same exposure you’d get in a competition, but allowing you to apply at your leisure.

If you go this route, be sure to read the guidelines for submission, as they vary from center to center. Also, be prepared to be patient–due to the high volumes of submissions they receive, it may take a few months for your portfolio to be reviewed by some of the more popular centers. Check out our list of photo arts centers below:

University Galleries

Universities are not only a hotbed for artistic appreciation, but they may also be home to some of the most approachable galleries in the United States. Once again, it is important to carefully review the submission guidelines, as all of them are different–one gallery may prefer MFA grads, while another may ask you to come and speak to one of their classes about the work you are exhibiting.

It might take some searching to find a gallery that is the right fit for you, but we’ve gotten you started with our list, below:

Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA

Bradley University
Peoria, IL

Elon University
Elon,NC

Emory and Henry College (The 1912 Gallery)
Emory, VA

George School
Newtown, PA

McNeese State University
Lake Charles, LA

Moore College of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, MI

Saint Joseph’s University (Boland Hall)
Philadelphia, PA

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Texas Tech University School of Art
(SRO Gallery) Lubbock, TX

The College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, NY

University of Central Florida
Orlando,FL

University of Dallas (Haggerty Art Gallery)
Irving, TX

University of Oregon
Portland, OR

University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA

These lists should get you off to an excellent start if you are looking for more accessible venues to approach about exhibiting your work. Click around, explore their websites and figure out which opportunities are the best fit for you. As always, remember that the most important thing is to keep trying, and don’t give up on submitting your work!

Note from ONWARD: our goal was to create a list that is easy to use for anyone to obtain information. To this end, we had two criteria when compiling the list:

  • The information on submission and its procedure was explicitly stated on websites.
  • Juried exhibitions and competitions are excluded.

We have done further research to amend this resource and are preparing our List of Approachable Galleries Redux for publication in the coming weeks. Sign up and be the first to know when we release the new list!