CALL FOR ENTRIES: Exhibitions on Main

THE BLOCKS presents Exhibitions on Main, a new opportunity for our community to exhibit stories, bodies of work and more on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. 


Exhibitions will be on display for three (3) months at a time. The exhibitions will be displayed in the top 6 windows in one of two kiosks along Main Street. There will be opportunities for groups to host tours, talks and lectures on the exhibition in addition to a write up on our website and social media posts to promote the work.

The North Exhibition is located on the east side of the street at 236 S. Main Street. The South Exhibition is located on the West side of the street at 340 S. Main Street. Each kiosk will host two (2) exhibitions totaling four (4) exhibitions for the 2020/2021 year. 

The goal is to capture voices in our community through outdoor exhibition space in a high traffic area. We invite anyone with something to say to apply to this program and share their offerings with the community, adding to the vibrancy of downtown.

These exhibitions could include stories, photographs, paintings/drawings, digital designs, journalistic work, or anything else that you or a group of people want to share with your community. We invite folks of all ages and levels of experience to apply. We excitedly await your submissions!


Presenting groups will be responsible for providing the artwork/designs for the exhibition. Our team is happy to be a part of the design process and can offer resources to round out your skill set. There are six (6) windows in each of the kiosks – Window 1 faces the sidewalk and is for a description or narrative about the exhibition; Windows 2-6 will be for the content of your exhibition and could include but is not limited to photographs, narratives, artwork or other creative representations of a story or body of work. More information on design specifications will be provided after selection. 

THE BLOCKS will cover the cost of printing and installation in the kiosks on Main Street as well as promote the exhibition on our website, Facebook and Instagram. THE BLOCKS will also provide options for additional programming around your exhibition like lecture walks or tours.


Exhibitions will be installed on the first of the month and will be up for a total of three (3) months. Presenting groups will need to provide THE BLOCKS with all six (6) poster designs no less than two (2) weeks prior to the installation date.

Exhibition dates: 

October – December 2020 | designs due 9/16/20

April – June 2021 | designs due 3/17/21



In one (1) PDF document please provide the following:

  • A short narrative about why you would like to participate in Exhibitions on Main
  • Description of your vision or plan for the exhibition including details about community context and value
  • Example images or content that represents your vision for the exhibition
  • Indication of which date you would like to present your exhibition
  • Exhibition content should avoid elements of advertisements. Entries with profanity or inappropriate imagery will not be considered. 

Please submit your entry to Cassandra Yerkes, Your submission must be sent as one PDF document. Entries submitted in other formats will not be considered.


A jury, composed of local artists, arts administrators, community members and stakeholders will review each submission and score them based on a rubric. The four (4) submissions with the highest score will be selected for Exhibitions on Main 2020/2021.


Total compensation for selected exhibitions is $400 to cover the cost of artwork and/or poster design and/or to compensate creators. THE BLOCKS is responsible for the costs associated with printing and installation, promotion as well as some costs related to programming/tours.