Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Heidi Gallery at JSDD's WAE Open: 2023 Call to Artists Deadline Extension


Deadline for Entries Jun 29, 2023
Eligibility: Open to artists living or working in NJ, NY, PA and CT.
Entry Fee: $35 non-refundable
Cash Award: $500 - Best in Show

WHEN: October 19, 2023, to December 10, 2023; Opening Reception and Award, October 19, 2023, 6pm – 9pm; Artists’ Tour & Closing Reception, Sunday, December 10th from 2-4pm
JSDD’s WAE Center, 310 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ 07039

Heidi Gallery at JSDD is proud to announce the juried group exhibition, The WAE Open. Founded in 2004, the WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center is a holistic, creative learning program for adults with developmental disabilities. Dedicated to 'Finding the Spark Within', WAE's focus is on personal growth and creativity in guiding each member to build a greater capacity to live a full life.

Established in 2021 as a key component of the state-of-the-art facility of JSDD, the Heidi Gallery is focused on bringing people together to experience art and arts education while fostering a fully inclusive community.

The WAE Open does not have a theme; rather, the exhibition is intended to showcase the highest quality visual art being made at this moment in time. The Gallery, located at 310 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ, is 2,000 square feet with moveable walls, thus allowing for the broadest range and diversity of media.

JUROR: Jesse Bandler Firestone is a curator and lecturer of contemporary art. He is currently the Curator and Exhibition Coordinator at Montclair State University. Previously, he was Assistant Curator at Wave Hill, a garden and cultural center in The Bronx, and Curatorial and Production Assistant at The Shed, a nonprofit dedicated to art and ideas across all forms of creativity. Jesse has lectured at Pratt and Harvard University and has organized exhibitions at various institutions and project spaces across the United States.

Entry Instructions
  • Online entry only (Entrythingy)
  • 1-3 images
  • All mediums accepted including videos and installations
  • Three views of 3D work will be accepted
  • For JPEG file format images. Files should be a minimum size of 1600 pixels on the longest side. Digital images should be cropped to show only your artwork. If edges are irregular, it is best to photograph against a black background.
  • Submit work that will be available for the duration of the exhibition. ABSOLUTELY NO SUBSTITUTIONS will be accepted after selections are finalized.
  • No giclé reproductions of original art accepted.
  • All work should be dated and produced in the last three years.


  • 2D work: Maximum of 36' wide x 42' high, not to exceed 30lbs.
  • All wall-hung art must be properly wired for hanging; no saw-tooth hangers. Stretched canvas may have finished painted edges or strip framing. No large decorative frames. Gallery format framing preferred.
  • Sculpture: not to exceed two (2) feet in any direction. Artists may be asked to supply their own pedestals, if necessary.
  • Video: mov, mp4, and wmv files will be accepted up to 500 mg. Electronic and digital works must be ready to show; artists must be prepared to provide all components.
  • Floor installation: Maximum 4ft square, not to exceed 50lbs.
  • Work not conforming to submission requirements will be rejected.
Please include social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and website if available.