Application to Exhibit

Application for the Burnett Gallery Season Beginning July 2023 and ending January 2024

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2023


The Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library is pleased to invite applications for its monthly in-person exhibitions during the upcoming season, which will run from July 2023 through January 2024. Since the founding of the Jones Library in 1921, the Burnett Gallery has offered area artists and craftspeople a public space in which to exhibit their work. Collectively, the exhibits aim to reflect a variety of media, styles, cultural viewpoints, and levels of artistic expression. Such shows have been part of the library's programs to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. Individuals or groups in Amherst and surrounding towns may submit applications. Submission of artwork in any two or three-dimensional medium is welcome.

The Space

The Burnett Gallery is on the 2nd floor of the Jones Library and offers about 70 linear feet of wall space and 600 square feet of floor space. Artists must familiarize themselves with the features and limitations of the gallery space before applying. The Gallery provides hardware for hanging wall works, which must be suitably framed and wired. Nine pedestals are available for small 3-dimensional work. Artists are responsible for installing and taking down their shows. A member of the Burnett Gallery Committee will inform you about publicizing and setting up your show.

How Exhibits are Selected

The Burnett Gallery Committee, composed of local artists and art supporters, reviews applications annually. The next deadline for submission is listed at the top of this page. The Committee may choose to exhibit one or more artists jointly in order to accommodate a larger number of qualified people. For joint exhibitions, the Committee will make every effort to choose applicants who are artistically compatible.

How To Apply

The application is now closed.

If you have questions about how to submit your images, contact the Reference Desk at or 413-259-3096.

You will be asked to submit a brief artist’s statement, up to 250 characters.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Terms of Exhibiting

  • Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by the end of March.
  • Neither the Jones Library nor the Burnett Gallery is responsible for the care and safety of the works displayed. Because the gallery is not staffed, there is a risk in showing small pieces. Either do not show pieces that are easily taken, or adhere them to large bases.
  • Paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs must be suitably framed and wired to fit on the gallery’s hardware in such a way as to present no danger to the viewing public from the work or the way it is hung. Absolutely no nails, tacks, pins, or usual adhesives may be used on the walls. We request that you used only clear or white Avery computer mailing labels that can be removed easily from the painted walls, or Tak brand mounting putty.
  • Exhibitors will install and take down their own shows, which are scheduled on a monthly basis. Your show would normally be installed on the first day of the month and removed on the last day of the month. However, if the library is closed, or for other reasons, you will be given directions on when to hang your show.
  • If you are selected for a show, you will be sent detailed instructions about how to prepare for your show and the name of your committee contact person.
  • The Burnett Committee reserves the right to use any of the images in a show for promotional purposes.
  • A commission of 15% is charged on the sale of works exhibited in the virtual gallery, which is used to cover the operating expenses of the Gallery.
  • In-person receptions have resumed and you will receive guidance in scheduling your reception from your committee liaison.
  • You will receive information that will help you publicize your show and your reception.
  • Your contact person from the committee can answer questions about policy, installation, care of the gallery, receptions, publicity, etc.

Contact Information

Do not hesitate to ask questions.

Questions can be sent to Please do not contact Jones Library office staff. They cannot answer questions about the gallery application process.

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the Burnett Gallery.