Exhibit Proposal

Proposal Submission Process

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), located in the Rio Grande Valley, inspires audiences of all ages to explore art and science through its permanent collections, exhibits, programs, and partnerships by empowering learners to discover their interests and pursue their passions. IMAS considers exhibition proposals from adult artists (18+ years). We encourage submissions from artists who have mastered their art media and have a past exhibition experience. Artists creating new work, site-specific installations or a special project for exhibition are strongly encouraged to apply.

All exhibit proposals are subject to museum review and availability. The IMAS accepts exhibition proposals thought out the year. The Museum works through a formal committee to process all proposals. Not all proposals are guaranteed to be accepted for an exhibit. Please allow six months for the review process. The Museum’s exhibition calendar is scheduled up to 3 years in advance of current showings. A representative will each out to confirm the submission of the proposal inquiry and again once your review is complete.

All proposals must adhere to the guidelines below.

Artists, groups and collection representatives interested in proposing an exhibition should submit:

  • Contact Name: First and Last name.
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Website / Social Media Handles
  • A short description of exhibition proposal idea, including:
    • An artist statement and/or a curatorial statement; For a group exhibit, please describe the motivation to work together. The theme(s) explored in the group statement, etc.
    • Description of the body of artwork, collection
    • Estimated budget (for transportation, installation, etc.)
    • Space requirements
    • The range of dates/years the artwork in exhibition was created.
  • Attach:
    • Resume / CV
    • Images of artwork (up to 20)
    • Photos or marketing materials if previously exhibited
    • Related workshop(s) offerings with price.

Community Exhibitions for Student Art Programs

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) located in the Rio Grande Valley inspires audiences of all ages to explore art and science through its permanent collections, exhibits, programs, and partnerships by empowering learners to discover their interests and pursue their passions.

All exhibit proposals are subject to museum review and availability. The deadline for exhibition proposals is October 1 for the following spring (February through August). Early applications are encouraged. The Museum works through a formal committee to process all proposals. Not all proposals are guaranteed to be accepted for an exhibit. Please allow six months for the review process. A representative will reach out to confirm the submission of the proposal inquiry and again once your review is complete.

Artists with exhibit proposals but not associated with a secondary school may submit a proposal here.

  • The exhibition needs to come with a title and a short statement (no more than 250 words).
  • The name, title, and contact information for the Authorized Representative (i.e., school personnel, parent volunteer, etc.) must be included with the name of the school or district personnel approving the exhibit.
  • For the school or district logo to be used, it must be sent in a high-quality PNG format at the time of proposal.
  • The exhibition must be on display for a minimum of 30 days with a maximum of 60 days within the exhibition window.
  • All artworks must be delivered to the museum ready to hang no less than 10 business days before the agreed opening date of the exhibition.
  • All artworks must be picked up no later than 7 business days from the agreed closing date of the exhibition.
  • Exhibits will be limited to 50 works of art; no 3D works will be accepted at this time.
  • IMAS reserves the right to curate the exhibition.
  • IMAS will not insure any of the works in this exhibit, and it will not be responsible for any damaged or lost works.
  • The Authorized Representative is responsible for informing all other parties involved in this exhibit about the insurance policy held by IMAS.
  • All transactions and activities between the Authorized Representative and IMAS in respect to the exhibit will be made during IMAS regular public hours. This includes but is not limited to delivery, pick-up and installation.
  • Artwork can be no larger than 16.5″ x 23.375″ (A2 Size). This does not include the mat.
  • All works on paper and/or canvas board must be matted with a 2-inch black or white border.
  • Each piece should come with a label – artist’s name, artwork title, artist grade level and school.
    • No handwritten text or labels. All labels must be typed in 18-point Times New Roman font.
    • Matted works should have the label affixed in the bottom right-hand corner.
    • Stretched canvas works should have label affixed and hanging from the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Please leave the back of all matted works free of any hanging string or wire.