ASD shows

Upcoming shows 2022

Oil/Acrylic as Oil & 3D at the Rotunda Gallery (Henry Ford Centennial Library). Art drop-off Friday, July 1, 9–10
a.m. Show installation goes until 1 p.m. Exhibit ends July 29 (Friday) with morning take-down from 10–11 a.m.
More info to come.

Black Box Gallery in Dearborn has invited the Artist Society of Dearborn
members to participate in an exhibit of exclusively ASD members.
The Exhibit will open Friday Aug. 5th with an opening reception the same day. The show will close Sept. 18th.
The theme of the show is “Perseverance — finding light in darkness”
Guidelines: juxtaposition of emotion through color (value for b/w photography) with focus on a positive image
Open to all forms of media allowed in our fall and spring shows.
There is very limited window sill space for sculpture.
The maximum size for each piece including frame, if applicable, is 18x24".
Smaller pieces are also welcome.
The size limitations will allow for approximately 35-45 pieces.
The show will be juried previous to intake day. Pieces may be juried out.
Juror, date, time, and location have not been finalized yet.
Plan to have your work complete by mid July.
A “Best in Show” will be awarded.
Intake day is set to be Sunday July 31st, time TBD.
Entry fee will be $15.00 for one entry and $10.00 for a second entry.
All work must be for sale, 60/40 (the gallery takes 40% commission)
Please contact Jena with any questions.

ASD Exhibit Presentation Guidelines

General Guidelines: 

All artwork must be finished (and dry!) before exhibiting it.

The edges of all canvases must be covered by something appropriate (this could be paint) so that no bare canvas shows.

All frames must be tight with the artwork well secured inside (and no protruding nails!).  

All 2-D art must have hanging wires.  We can’t hang using sawtooth hangers.

All artworks must remain in the exhibit throughout its entire run.

Specific guidelines matting and framing different types of 2-D artwork:

Oils and Acrylic-as-Oil are traditionally just framed (no mats). 

Frames are traditionally ornate, golden wooden frames, but this is not a requirement. 


However, all frames should be large, heavy, and/or wide enough to balance and enhance the painting.

Watercolors, ink paintings, drawings (ink and pencil), pastels (chalk and oil), prints (traditional and digital), and photographs are traditionally exhibited with “galley framing”, that is, matted in white, off-white or very light gray mats (the mat color should enhance the artwork) which may be doubled if desired with frames of simple wood or metal in black, silver, or gold.


Mats for pieces up to about 16” x 20” are usually 2 or 3 inches wide; larger pieces should have mats wide enough to “let the art breathe”; smaller pieces may have wider mats to give them more presence. 


These artworks are covered by glass or plexiglass (acrylic) panels to protect them from water, dust and the like. More modern matting and framing is acceptable if appropriate to the piece.

Collages, which may include 3-D elements, can be framed like traditional oils or given more modern treatments.  It may also be appropriate to mat and frame a collage like water colors, especially if rare or delicate elements included.

Rotunda Gallery Guidelines:

Art must be “family-friendly” as the Gallery is on the lower level of the Dearborn Centennial Library, a public building where many children go.

Glass cannot be used in framing; acrylic/plexiglass/etc. only.

The Gallery walls curve; pieces more than 3 feet wide can be hard to hang (but can be accepted).

The Gallery walls are a very dark, almost black green.  Dark pieces should be matted and framed so as to set them apart from the walls.

Padzieski Gallery Guidelines:

Glass is acceptable in framing.

The walls are flat so larger pieces can be easily hung.

Commissions:  There is a 10% commission on all sales from the Rotunda Gallery, 5% to the ASD and 5% to the DCAC.  At the Padzieski Gallery the commission on sales is 30% which is taken out before the Gallery pays the artist. 

ASD members who have work at the Padzieski Gallery are asked to be a docent (sit in the Gallery and be available to answer questions and watch over the art) for at least one 3-hour shift during the exhibit in which they have art.  They can work on their own art at this time (check with Ralph Valdez for details on how).