Call for Artists – Art Ghoullery: Black Cats and Vampire Bats at the Rourke


The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2019 Art Ghoullery: Black Cats and Vampire Bats at the Rourke

”The Art Ghoullery: Black Cats & Vampire Bats” is love-letter to the scariest of holidays and brings frightening fringe art back to The Rourke with the assistance of fantastic artists – both local and remote. The interpretation of motif ranges from cute to creepy, while the diversity of visual language on display creates a macabre melody sure to delight both the sinister and silly.

As an artist, you are cordially invited to submit up to three pieces of art to The Art Ghoullery: Black Cats & Vampire Bats, which will take place from October 4 until November 2. Art Ghoullery: Black Cats & Vampire Bats and is meant as a celebration of Halloween, both familiar and frightening. Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that reflect upon their own real or imaginary experiences on All Hallow’s Eve. Pieces can be creepy, kooky, mysterious, or spooky, but are encouraged to remain PG13 or under and retain some semblance of whimsy.

Exhibition Dates

The Art Ghoullery will be on display from Friday 4 October through Sunday 2 November 2019. A Masquerade Reception will be held at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on Friday 25 October where we shall announce the jury awards and crown the anointed Hallow Court.


This is a juried show. Artists are required to submit their entries by Sunday 1 September and will be notified of acceptance on Friday 13 September. Images of the artwork submitted must be in JPG/JPEG format and no larger than 3MB


Fill out the entry form at to qualify for the juried selection process. To be included in The Art Ghoullery, your accepted piece(s) must arrive at The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on, or before, Monday 23 September.  By submitting the Entry Form, you acknowledge and consent to all conditions and guidelines set forth in this Call for Artists.  If your art is accepted, it must arrive on, or before, September 23 with the “ID Card” and “Receipt” you shall receive in your email upon completion of this form.  Your submission will not be accepted if the form submission and artwork do not arrive by their respective deadlines.

Your artwork may be in any media.  We prefer that no object exceed 36” in any of its dimensions.  If your piece must be larger, please contact the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum about the availability of space within the exhibition.  All entries are for sale.  The gallery commission (40%) must be included when you list the price of your art. If you are exclusively represented by another gallery, please inform the Rourke of any special arrangements with which the Museum must comply.

All art must arrive ready for installation.  Two-dimensional art must arrive ready to hang.  Works on paper must be protected under glass or Plexiglas.  All wooden picture frames, canvas stretcher bars, or panel supports must accept eye screws.  Metal picture frames must include adjustable hanging hardware.  Be aware: We reserve the right to refuse artwork which is in poor condition, which is poorly framed, or which we deem otherwise unacceptable for installation.

Transportation of Art

Your artwork must arrive on or before Monday 23 September.

Send your art to:

The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum

521 Main Avenue

Moorhead, MN 56560

Artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the Museum.  For hand-delivered works, the Museum is always open for public viewing hours from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  We will also be available at the Museum to accept artwork from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday 23, September.

After the end of the exhibition, unsold artwork will be available for pick-up from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 November and from 1 to 5 p.m. during open hours on the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Artists will be invoiced for return shipment unless shipping is prepaid with a return carrier.  Artwork which is not claimed prior to Tuesday 31 December 2019 (or which has not been designated to remain on consignment by both the Museum and the artist) will be accepted as an unrestricted donation to The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum.

We look forward to seeing your submissions.

With Best Regards,

Jonathan Rutter

Executive Director & Curator

Mark Elton

Guest Curator & Artist

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Aug 20th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Sunday, Sep 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists