How to Apply to Consign Your Work With the HAC Gallery & Gift Shop
Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Hillsborough Arts Council's Gallery & Gift Shop. Our goal is to provide a unique shopping experience for customers while highlighting and selling quality work by local artists. Our consignment partnership provides stability for local artists and also creates a steady stream of income that supports the Hillsborough Arts Council’s community programming year-round.
Please check back here for updates and keep an eye out for opportunities to share your work through programs like Last Fridays Makers Markets (May-October), Solstice Lantern Walk (December), Handmade Market (biannually in the spring), and others.
Q & A
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below before applying to consign.
Who is eligible to apply?
Visual artists in Hillsborough and Orange County are our primary source of artists, but we will also occasionally consider applications from artists in the immediate surrounding counties. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community and encourage artists of all mediums and backgrounds to apply.
When are applications accepted?
Applications are accepted online through quarterly “open call” windows.
Applications will be accepted on the following schedule:
Q1 February 1-15
Q2 May 1-15
Q3 August 1-15
Q4 November 1-15
*Please note: Q2-Q4 timeframes have shifted. We appreciate your understanding of these adjusted timelines, and we look forward to seeing your work!
The selection committee will meet shortly after each window closes to review applications and will make decisions based upon the current needs of the Gallery & Gift Shop. Artists will be contacted within two weeks after the window has been closed. Applications will not be accepted outside of the set application windows, but artists may submit multiple applications per year.
What type of work are you looking for?
Art is for Everyone - 12"x12" Group Gallery Show:
HAC is hosting a group gallery exhibition featuring the talent of our community - representing people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Our mission is to foster appreciation for the arts, engage diverse audiences, and connect artists - all in effort to build local community. This is your chance to enter your artwork for display in the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery!
All are invited to participate in this group show.
There is no fee for entry.
We can host up to 120 pieces of artwork in this exhibition. All subject matter welcome, as long as suitable for all audiences. The goal is for the show to collectively represent the diversity and talent of our community. Submit your 12”x12” artwork on canvas, wood panel, or other surface, ready to hang (maximum of 5 entries per artist) for consideration.
All accepted artwork must be available for sale. Upon acceptance, you will be required to sign a temporary consignment agreement active only for the duration of the gallery exhibition.
The deadline for online submission is May 27, 2023.
You will be notified if your submission is accepted by June 9, 2023.
This show will be on display in the HAC Gallery June 26-August 21, 2023.
*Please do not bring artwork into the shop until you have been personally contacted by the Gallery & Gift Shop Manager for an appointment to share your work in person.
Who decides if my artwork is accepted?
The Gallery & Gift Shop Selection Committee is composed of the Gallery & Gift Shop Manager, along with other Hillsborough Arts Council staff, lead volunteers, and/or experienced artists who have been involved with the Hillsborough Arts Council for several years. The committee will review your application and decide whether your artwork will complement the Gallery & Gift Shop's existing inventory during the applicable open call window. Either way, a member of the selection committee will be in touch with information about next steps after the window closes and at the conclusion of the review process.
What happens if my artwork is accepted for consignment?
If your artwork is accepted, you will meet with the Gallery & Gift Shop Manager and bring in your first selection of artwork to consign. You will sign a consignment agreement at that time. You will also need to provide an artist statement and business cards. The committee member will also discuss our inventory and barcoding procedures, the restocking process, and the payment schedule.
Thank you again for your interest in consigning with the Hillsborough Arts Council's Gallery & Gift Shop! Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions.