Ends on July 3, 2019

$15.00 USD

 Collar Works announces an open call for artists to participate in the inaugural year of our Flat File Program. The mission of the program is to promote the selected artists’ work,  create a space for affordable art, enhance current exhibition programing by offering a new exhibition space, and expand and enrich the Collar Works community. Individual works from the Flat File will be selectively highlighted throughout the year in the gallery, on our website, and through social media (Facebook/Instagram). Gallery visitors will be able to view and purchase works in the Collar Works Flat File Program. The 2019-2020 program will run for one full year, from September 2019 through August 2020. 

Deborah Zlotsky will juror this year’s Flat File submissions. A recent Guggenheim fellow, Zlotsky is represented by Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

In September 2019, selections from the season’s program will be included in a kick-off event in the Flat File space.

Please read the instructions carefully. Submissions that do not meet the parameters will be automatically disqualified. If accepted artwork does not meet the parameters when received at Collar Works, it will not be included in the Flat Files Program.


1.     Work cannot exceed 16” x 22” with a maximum thickness of ¼ inch or less.

2.     All selected works must be flat and be able to fit into an archival acetate envelope.

3.     All types of media are welcome; however, works incorporating charcoal, pastel or loose or delicate parts will not be considered  as they are too fragile for handling. All submitted works must be sturdy enough to be handled throughout the year.

4.     All work for consideration must be unframed, unmounted, unmatted.

5.     To prepare for the Submittable upload, image files must be identified  in this manner: Lastname_Firstname_#.jpg

6.     Submission fee is $15, non-refundable and for up to five jpegs.

7.     Maximum retail price of each work submitted should be $300 or less.

8.     Specific works submitted to the open call must be available for the Flat File Program. If an accepted work is not available for any reason it may not be switched with replacement.

9.     All accepted work must be mailed or dropped off  to arrive at the gallery by  August 15, 2019.


Q: Can I submit multiple images to document one artwork?

A: Yes, but a maximum of four JPGs may be submitted in total.

Q: What is the consignment percentage breakdown between Collar Works and the artist?

A: The artist receives 70% of the sale price, Collar Works receives 30%. 

Q: Must the work be on paper?

A: No, but it must be sturdy enough to handle and no more than ¼“ thick.

Q: When will I be notified?

A: Artists will be notified in July 2019.

Q: If accepted, should I mount or mat my work? 

A: No, please sent us only the work; do not frame or mount the work.

Q: Can international artists apply?

A: Yes, artists living or working outside of the US are welcome to apply as long as they can ship their work to Troy,New York