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.

Announcing a call to artists for a group exhibition coming this may


 "Portrait of a Woman at Midcentury" by Renee Folzenlogen

"Portrait of a Woman at Midcentury" by Renee Folzenlogen

“Don’t turn away from the bandaged place. That is where the light enters you.  - “ Rumi


My Mother’s Keeper is an exhibition about women living with mental illness, as seen through the eyes of their daughters. Whether the illness has a diagnostic label like depression, schizophrenia, addiction, or bipolar disorder, or is described in hushed tones as a nervous breakdown, insanity, or dark night of the soul, mental illness can wreak havoc on a daughter’s life with the force of a natural disaster.

The experience can also be transformative. Coping with a mother’s mental illness can promote empathy, strengthen resilience, summon creativity, and enable a woman to access untapped wisdom. Using the medium of your choice, we invite daughters to tell us, provoke us, surprise us, entrust us, and enlighten us about your own mother’s struggle with mental illness: What it has meant to you, and what you, in turn, have gained from it.

Workshops and events that will accompany My Mother’s Keeper throughout the month of May will include readings, writing workshops, and art making workshops to support the theme.

This exhibit is made possible through a collaboration with Intensive Family Support Services  of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., in acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Month, and in honor of Mother’s Day. Information about resources for family members of loved ones with mental illness will be made  available throughout the course of the exhibit. See below for The Creativity Caravan’s administrative fees and instructions for submission.





Open to women ages 16 and up. Materials considered: 2 and 3 dimensional media, digital, installation
Submission/Administrative Fee: $15 up to 3 pieces.
Specs: 2- and 3-Dl media, digital, video, sound, or installation art.
Work: Maximum height of 72” including mat and frame, weight not to exceed 40 lbs.  Sculpture: not to exceed 72”H x 3’W x 3’W and 100 lbs. Artists must supply own pedestals if necessary. All wall-hung art must be properly wired for hanging, no saw-tooth hangers. Stretched canvas may have finished painted edges or strip framing.

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2018
Acceptances: Week of April 13, 2018
Art Drop Deadline : Accepted artwork must be shipped to arrive or dropped off in person by April 27, 2018. Shipment delivery: 28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. (If sending artwork, prepaid return shipping documents MUST be included. DO NOT send cash or checks to cover costs. Work WILL NOT be displayed unless prepaid return is received.) Pick-up week of June 4.
Opening Weekend: May 4, 2018. Exhibit runs through June 8.

Liability: The Creativity Caravan does not provide insurance for theft, loss, or damage of artwork while artwork is on the premises or in transit. Artists must provide their own insurance.
Sales: 40% commission will be retained by The Creativity Caravan on all sales. 
Usage of Images: The Creativity Caravan reserves the right to photograph and use accepted work for documentation, website, publicity, social media, or catalog purposes.
AGREEMENT: Entering your work in this exhibition constitutes an acceptance of all the requirements set forth in this call.

To submit your application and fee, click below. (You will be directed to the submission form once payment is completed.)

My Mother's Keeper submission
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Gallery / WORSHOP SPACE Rental

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.

Please note: In January 2018, we announced we will be exhibiting the work of female and female-identifying artists only. We have a year-round open submission policy for our monthly exhibitions and we are seeking artwork from emerging and established artists in any medium: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art and mixed media. You may submit your artwork as a “general submission” or to a specific exhibit that we list twice a year. All artwork submitted is reviewed by our curatorial panel and kept on file to be considered for each upcoming exhibition. (For 2018, all exhibition rental fees have been waived. A 40% commission on all sales still applicable.)

Workshop/Space Rental fees:

Up to 2-hours: $75

3+ hours: $35 per hour + $25 set up/clean up fee

Full-day: $350

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: $25 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.