First Unitarian’s Arts and Aesthetics Team oversees the Social Hall Art Gallery, which serves as a visual art ministry by offering a space for spiritual contemplation adjacent to the Sanctuary.
The team seeks a diversity of shows in a variety of media, with content appropriate to the church. We include two-person and group shows, a November show with church members’ work, and an occasional juried theme show. We schedule our shows about a year ahead with 7-8 exhibits, each lasting 6-7 weeks. Besides enriching our Social Hall setting, the art provides income for the church, with 30 percent of sales going to the church budget.
Our selection process begins in January with an invitation to artists to submit images for a screening. From the screening, the team chooses the artists who will then be invited to bring actual work for team review. Each spring we schedule exhibitions for all of the following calendar year.
Artists may sell their work, and mark pieces with prices in the gallery. On Sundays the Arts and Aesthetics Team handles the sales of any pieces currently hung, and the church retains a 30 percent commission on all sales from the gallery, with 70 percent going to the artist.
If you would like to be considered for a show at First Unitarian please contact the Arts & Aesthetics Committee by email.