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Pets of the Pandemic

Pets of the Pandemic


Pets of the Pandemic: A Benefit Exhibition for Best Friends Animal Society

Juried by David Cohen, Publisher and Editor in Chief of


        Deadline: July 23, 2020

Is there a pet(s) that has been helping you and/or members of your household get through the COVID-19 crisis? We are hosting an open call for submissions for "Pets of the Pandemic", A Benefit Exhibition for Best Friends Animal Society. Alpha 137 Gallery is seeking submissions from artists in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania of Connecticut, in any medium - including painting, photography, sculpture, or printmaking, that pays homage to their critter companions. Many pets have helped us through the COVID-19 lockdowns, but many have also been left homeless due to changing circumstances brought on by the pandemic. In an effort to help raise funds for pets in need, Alpha 137 invites all working artists to submit images of your work to be considered for our Pets of the Pandemic benefit exhibition. 

Winning entries will be juried by internationally renowned art historian and critic David Cohen, the publisher and editor of The works he selects will be exhibited and offered for sale on Alpha 137 Gallery’s website, as well as its Artsy and Artnet galleries, and/or other venues. If your image is chosen, you will be instructed to ship the artwork to Alpha 137 Gallery’s Manhattan warehouse, to be featured in the benefit exhibition. Proceeds will be split evenly between the winning artists and Best Friends Animal Society. There is no entrance fee and Alpha 137 Gallery will not be taking a commission. The deadline for submission is Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:59PM ET. The Exhibition will launch on Tuesday September 1, 2020. 

Competition Requirements:

Entries that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:

  1. You must be a professional artist, even if art has not been your primary source of income;

  2. The work can be in any static medium (i.e. painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or printmaking) any size up to  a maximum dimension of 36 inches in the longest direction; time-based media and installations are not accepted in this exhibition;

  3. Where appropriate, a frame is welcome and appreciated, though not required;

  4. All styles are welcome, i.e.  representational, figurative, abstract, etc., and all types of pets can be depicted;

  5. The artwork must depict the actual pet(s) who have stayed/are presently with you during this pandemic and helped you get through it. This can be a self-portrait with your pet(s), the pet(s) alone, pet(s) with children and/or other household members – so long as the pet(s) has been in lockdown with you;

  6. All artwork must have been created any time after March 1, 2020 through today. Works done earlier will not be accepted;

  7. The artwork must be an original work created by you, and it must be hand-signed and dated; if it is a graphic work, it should be a monoprint or limited edition.

  8. To submit your entry, please email the following to no later than July 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET: 

    1. 2-5 High-resolution (at least 300dpi) images of your artwork showing the full artwork (front and back and sides if 3-D). Please do not submit fewer than two, or more than five images per artwork;

    2. A description of the media used (i.e. watercolor, gouache, acrylic, resin, etc.)

    3. The dimensions of the artwork in inches, including height, width and depth

    4. 3-5 sentences to one paragraph telling the story of the artwork, including the name and description of your pet(s), the location, anyone else depicted, and how the pet(s) helped comfort you during the crisis;

    5. A recent resume that includes education, teaching, and exhibition history;  

    6. Your full name (first, middle, and last) and your exhibiting name;

    7. Your permanent mailing address;

    8. Your Email address;

    9. Your Telephone number;

    10. Your Website and/or link to your portfolio

  9. The winning entries will be notified by email and/or telephone on or about August 15th, 2020. (Please make sure to check your Spam/junk mail folder.). Should your work be selected,  Alpha 137 Gallery will send you a donation form to sign and complete, with instructions on shipping your artwork. We will not be liable for work damaged, stolen or lost in the mail;

  10. Once Alpha 137 Gallery receives your artwork, it will be photographed and offered for immediate purchase online. All artworks, whether already sold or available for sale, will remain on exhibit to the public for at least six weeks, though Pets of the Pandemic and Alpha 137 Gallery reserve the right to extend the exhibition and expand exhibition venues;

  11. Alpha 137 will determine the artwork's price. Please be aware that most prices are projected to range from $500 to $700 to encourage sales to a wide range of art collectors and pet lovers, although Pets of the Pandemic reserves the right to modify the prices at any time in either direction without prior approval; 

  12. If your artwork is selected, you agree to ship the work to our Manhattan location at your expense, and to donate the work to Pets of the Pandemic. Alpha 137 Gallery does not guarantee your artwork will sell, but will make every best effort to widely publicize the contest and promote the work. In the event your work sells, you (the artist) will be compensated with 50% of the sale proceeds; Alpha 137 Gallery and Pets of the Pandemic takes no profit. 

  13. Submitting artists must currently reside in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut.  The deadline for submission is July 23, 2020 11:59PM ET.