An important part of our mission of sparking creativity in the communities we serve is to provide independent working artists and writers opportunities to submit their work for solo and group exhibitions and to share their process and their work more publicly. We offer bimonthly gallery rentals for artists who want to exhibit a specific body of work. We are also excited about our artist-in-residency program - available for several days up to three weeks - to those who interested in beginning or continuing a particular project and engaging with the public in conversations about their work.

Call FOR Artists


Do you remember when you were five years old and all your ideas felt magical and important? When there was nothing to stop you from dreaming big and doing everything you knew how to in order to turn your dreams into reality? And do you remember the exhilaration and the absolute self-confidence you felt when you shared your big ideas with someone else? When you made them believe, too?

The Creativity Caravan announces a call to artists who are exploring our big world on a small scale. Entries of any media will be considered in this juried show, but all entries must be 5 inches or under. The exhibit of accepted small works will be on display at our gallery at 28 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey from Tuesday, December 5, 2017 through Friday January 5, 2018.

5 and Under celebrates artists of all ages and is open to established and emerging artists who are at least 16+ years old at the time of entry. Work must be no more than 5 inches (5”) in any direction including the framing or mounting. The artwork may represent any subject matter. All media—including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, sculpture in any medium, collage, printmaking, photography and digital media—will be considered. Accepted work must be suitably framed, wired, and ready for hanging.

Deadline for submission: Deadline for submission is Sunday November 5, 2017 by midnight EST. Decisions will be sent on November 15.

Sales: The Creativity Caravan will take 20% commission on any work sold. Work not for sale must be marked “NFS” in the Price section of the submission form. We will not accept “Price on Request” sales.

Entry Fee: The entry fee is $5 for each work, up to 5 total.

Entry requirements: All entries must be submitted electronically to Judging will be done only from JPEGs. No other formats will be accepted. JPEGs must be 72 dpi and at least 600 pixels but not greater than 1200 pixels in either direction. Maximum file size for any individual image is 5 MB. JPEG images MUST BE labeled Last Name_FIRST Name_1, 2, 3, etc.

For example:


Files which are mislabeled or lack the artist’s name will not be viewed by the jurors.

Work must be no more than 5 inches in any direction including the framing or mounting. This will be strictly enforced. The size given for works should be the framed size. Height must be given before width regardless of whether the work is a vertical or a horizontal. Entry form must be filled out completely. Failure to follow instructions may result in the nullification of your entry. Your payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated. Fees are non-refundable.

Accepted work: Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. Absolutely NO substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Hand-delivered work will be accepted at the gallery ONLY on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 12 – 5pm. (Packaging may be removed from the gallery at the time of delivery.) Shipped work must arrive at the gallery between Tuesday, November 28 - Friday, December 1, 2017 in a reusable container. A computer-generated return label for return of work MUST be enclosed. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through USPS, UPS or FedEx websites or with other shippers who will pick up work at the gallery. For USPS, stamps may be included for return.

Return of work: Hand-delivered work must be picked up on Saturday, January 6 or Sunday, January 7. Shipped works will be returned the week of January 8th. The Creativity Caravan accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on pick-up dates or by prior arrangement.

Liability: Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own work if they wish. The Creativity Caravan will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. The submission of a work of art to this exhibition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth here.

To enter:

5 & Under submission
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Gallery Rental or Workshop Location

The Creativity Caravan is an alternative art space providing a venue for exhibits and events in a less-traditional setting within a busy retail community in the heart of Montclair center. Our 700-square-foot workshop/gallery area is available for rental by artists who are looking for a space to share their work - whether teaching a workshop, showing personal work, or collaborating with a group of artists. We would also love to host poetry or book readings and corporate groups for creative team-building exercises. 

The Creativity Caravan will also provide opportunities for several group shows per year - open public calls for artists, all submission forms, and information will be added to our site several months prior. If you are an artist or instructor who is interested in displaying your work in our gallery or in teaching a workshop, please contact us directly for details about space rental. We are especially interested in working with emerging artists, but all artists and mediums will be considered.

Commission Details:

Art Exhibits:

Artists may rent the wall space for up to one month and commission taken on all sales of artwork will be 30%. Pricing is as follows:

       Front room: One 12-foot wall is $100, entire space $200 per/month.

       Back room: $75 per/month. 

Workshop Space:

The Creativity Caravan will take a 40% commission on ticket sales OR flat fee of $35 - $50 per hour (depending on number of days/hours rented) + a $25 set up and clean up fee.

We offer artists/workshop facilitators a professional sales staff, display space in prime Montclair retail location, and marketing via our website, social media, press releases, and print media. 


Our cancellation policy: 

14 days prior to event: $75 administration fee will be charged to the renter.

7 days prior to event: 25% of total rental fee will be charged to renter.

48 hours prior to event: 50% of total rental fee will be charged to renter. 


Artist-in-Residence Program

Participating artists will create work live in our studio space, engaging with the public in conversations about the creative process and offering demonstrations of their progress during scheduled events. During the residency, The Creativity Caravan may host artist talks, open studio time, and workshops in an effort to include the local community. Please note: If you are an artist who needs total privacy and quiet to create, this residency is not for you! But for those willing to lift the veil of their creative process, we encourage creative risk-taking, collaboration, and skill sharing! Artists of all disciplines will be considered, and participating artists will have the opportunity to sell their work (minus 10% commission) during the length of their residency. The residency includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an application process (see below for link).

The residency cost is $300 a week and application fee is $10. Artists are responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, food, shipping of any artwork or materials, and are responsible for removing work at the end of residency. (Housing options are available by request.)

Link to application here.
For visual artists, email us up to 10 images / 3 videos of your work (or links to your work).
For literary artists, email us up to 3 samples of your work (or links where your work has been published.)

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