OrganizationPanopticon Gallery
TitleFirst Look 2023

Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on new meaning, becoming part of a bigger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context that gives it richness and meaning that is more than the sum of its parts. Panopticon Gallery is pleased to announce a call for art for “First Look 2023,” our annual juried portfolio showcase, where several portfolios will be selected for the exhibition on view from February through March 2023. Our annual First Look exhibitions allow us to connect with upcoming artists and share the work the we feel should be seen. We also use this as an opportunity to discover new work for future shows at the gallery and expand our network of artists.


First Look: February — March 2023

December 5: Submission deadline
January 9 : Artwork must arrive at gallery
February 9: Show opens/Opening Reception
March 31 : Show closes

Exhibition Information:

Due to the amount of submissions we receive, we are unfortunately unable to contact artists who have not been selected

Approximately 5 pieces from each selected artist will be selected for the exhibition. Curators will work with selected artists to determine the ideal dimensions of each piece to best for the space. Due to the gallery space, most pieces will should be framed to approximately 16 x 20

Printing/Framing: Accepted work can be sent to Panopticon Imaging, who will work with artists to handle all printing and framing needs, as well as free delivery to the Panopticon Gallery. Selected artists will receive a 20% discount when printing and framing at Panopticon Imaging. More information available here

Sales: Panopticon Gallery retains a 50% commission on works sold.

Copyright: Artists retain all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant Panopticon Gallery permission to use images for promoting the exhibition, artist, or Panopticon Gallery’s programs. Images may be published on social media for promotion and features. Artists grant usage as stated without further compensation.

Requirements / Eligibility

Submission Instructions:

-Submit now through December 5th 2022

-Submit up to 10 images from a body of work, an artist statement, and a link to your website (if applicable) to with "First Look 2023" in the subject line.

-Images should be in JPEG format, sRBG color space, no less than 1024 pixels on the long side and no more than 1500 pixels. Please name your files (example: Sneyd_Paul_Untitled.jpg). If your files are not named correctly, you run the risk of not having your work viewed. We don’t want this to happen, so please make sure everything is right!

-Please send submission fee via Paypal to or use the link here. Include your paypal transaction ID in your submission email for verification. We must receive a submission fee in order to review your work.

-Please include how you heard about this call for art

Submission Fee: $40 per portfolio

Student Submission Fee: $30 per portfolio (please include a valid student ID)

Entry Page Link :
Entry Fee$40 per portfolio / $30 student price
Contact Information
NameAlexa Cushing
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