Art in the Lobby Call to Artists

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Three-LogosDeadline for entry: September 1, 2014
Exhibition Period: November 2014 – November 2015
Location: Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME 04901

About the Maine Film Center:  The mission of the Maine Film Center is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. The Maine Film Center purchased Railroad Square Cinema in December of 2012 in order to pursue this mission while at the same time preserving and enhancing an existing cultural asset. The Maine Film Center also presents the annual Maine International Film Festival in July.

Art in the Lobby at Railroad Square Cinema:
The goal of our Art in the Lobby program is to provide an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. While our primary focus is film, we have always been committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

The Call to Artists is open to all artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery. (See Terms for Exhibition for details.)

Selection Process:
This call will cover exhibitions from November 2014 through November 2015. An exhibition may include one artist or a combination of artists. Eight exhibitions will be included in this time period. Each exhibition will last approximately 5 weeks.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Delivery and Insurance:
Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (;, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

All work entered will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole. The Maine Film Center will host an artist reception at the cinema if the artist(s) is interested.

Exhibition Hours:
The lobby is open 7 days a week, whenever the cinema is open for business.

How to Apply:  

  1. Complete the attached entry form.  (Download as a PDF or Microsoft Word doc.)
  2. Create 5 to 7 “JPEG” files at 72 dpi. Images should be named using the following format: ARTIST LAST NAME_TITLE.jpeg.  For example, an image of Jane Smith’s artwork titled “Promises” should be labeled smith_promises.jpeg.
  3. Create a one page document that includes the following: a one paragraph bio and a one paragraph statement on your entry.  Group applications must include a statement on how the works are selected by the group to ensure quality of works submitted.
  4. Email your entry form, 5 to 7 images, and your one page bio/statement to by September 1, 2014.

Terms for Exhibition:

  1. All work must be professionally presented and ready to be installed. Works must be properly framed with a secure wire or hooks on the back. No saw-tooth hangers, clip-on or poster frames will be allowed. Artists wishing to exhibit work that is unframed or otherwise not traditionally framed should make this clear in the proposal.
  2. Delivery and pick-up of work is the responsibility of the artist, as is any packing and shipping of sold work.
  3. Installation of the exhibition will be managed by Maine Film Center staff and/or contractors in consultation with the artist.
  4. Works delivered must be similar in nature and quality to images submitted in the proposal. Works to be exhibited are subject to final approval by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.