Helen S. Smith Gallery
Rolling deadline

“Art of the Quarantine” is intended to function as a prompt for a community conversation at the Helen S. Smith Gallery at Green River College. In partnership with Art at the Cave the Gallery hopes to support artists, build community and dive into a bigger academic conversation about the role of art during the pandemic.  It is often said that “Art reflects life.”  During this unprecedented time of quarantine, art, for many is a way to address psychological and emotional undertones without words.  Art is a therapeutic coping mechanism, it is self-expression in isolation, it brings us together as a shared experience, and for some, a cultural necessity as we move toward recovery.  We are calling for art made in response to this prompt.

The Art of the Quarantine continues as a rolling exhibition into the spring accompanied by artist talks and discussions.  All works submitted by artists working in the Northwest will be featured virtually on the Helen S. Smith Gallery website until May 1, 2021.  One artist will be selected for a solo exhibition physically in the Gallery in 2023.


Please submit the following materials to be included in the exhibition:

  1. Work Samples: Please submit up to 5 high quality JPGs (no larger than 2MB). Label files as:
  2. Complete and submit the Helen S. Smith Gallery Submission form.  If you are under 18, this must be co-signed by a parent or guardian.
  3. Submission Process: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. To submit your digital files, please visit https://www.dropbox.com/request/qQnJiJqtDNWldhNfnB01 This is a Dropbox data collection site.  You will be able to upload your files to this site provided they are under 2MB each.  Once uploaded, you will not be able to see or change them.

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The Helen S. Smith Gallery does not take a commission on works sold.  All inquiries regarding sales will be forwarded directly to the artist.

If you have questions, contact Gallery Director Sarah Dillon Gilmartin at sdillon@greenriver.edu

The Helen S. Smith Gallery on Green River College’s main campus was named in honor of the college Foundation’s first President. In addition to being one of the college’s founding members, she was known as a strong advocate for the arts in the community.  Now 50 years and counting, the gallery continues to carry on her legacy by presenting compelling and innovative exhibitions featuring emerging and established Northwest Artists throughout the year.  The gallery also highlights works by Green River student artists twice annually.