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One of the most frequent questions that's asked is: 

 “How can I show my artwork at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri?”

We love being able to display monthly exhibitions in our galleries! There are four main ways for an individual artist to display their artwork with us: Become a Member, Enter a Juried Exhibition, Apply for a Full-Gallery Exhibit, and to Join the Visual Arts Cooperative. Below we go into detail on each option!

Don't forget - There are many places to show, share, and sell your artwork at in Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri! If none of the options below work for you, visit our Visual Arts Venues list and our First Friday with the Arts list and see if there is another location that suits your needs.

Additionally, we host a Calls for Artists page, under the "Resources" tab above, which compiles calls for artists from the five state-region. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 573-334-9233 or email our Gallery Manager at

Every September, the Arts Council hosts an exhibition to celebrate our Member Artists and showcase their work! All Member Artists are eligible to bring in one work of art of their choosing, within the size limitations included in the prospectus. The Members Exhibition has grown to become one our largest and most diverse shows of the year. To view information on the previous Members Exhibition, visit

To become a member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, visit

Each year the Arts Council has 2-3 open months for solo, two-person, or group exhibitions. The exhibition schedule is established a year in advance at a spring meeting between March - May. The Arts Council is not currently accepting proposals at this time. Feel free, though, to review the proposal requirements below:

Each application should include the following information:
  • Exhibit Proposal (Who will be exhibiting, what kind of works will be exhibited.)
  • Artist Statement on Proposal. (What do your works as collective say or try to convey to the audience.)
  • Resume or List of Related Experiences
  • List of References (e.g. Galleries that you've exhibited at, arts groups that you are part of, etc.)
  • Portfolio of Works/ At least 6 Images (High-Res Digital Images highly preferred; Images also accepted on a CD or by Physical Photographs of your Pieces. CDs and photographs will not be returned.)
Proposals can be submitted in a binder or turned in via email at
All applications MUST include all of the aforementioned requirements above. The Arts Council would prefer that email applications be in PDF form and include .JPEG images.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is committed to promoting the arts and the local artists in our region. In the continuing spirit of supporting our regional artists, we offer two designated Micro Gallery spaces available for solo exhibits.

The Micro Galleries are a public exhibition rental space. The two exhibit spaces can either be rented together or separately during the Arts Council’s regular exhibiting schedule. Either or both Micro Galleries may be rented for a single-day, weekend-long, week-long, or month-long use. Scheduling will be done on a first come, first serve basis and must be approved by the Director and Gallery Manager of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. A formal proposal must be submitted to the Arts Council for review and selection to exhibit.

Anyone eighteen (18) or older may apply to use the Micro Galleries. Teachers or instructors of students under eighteen years of age may apply to exhibit their students’ work. Artist(s) may sell his or her own work on display. The Arts Council will process all sales of work in Micro Galleries. Artist(s) will maintain 70% of sales with a 30% processing fee retained by the Arts Council. Visual Arts Cooperative (VAC) members will maintain 80% of sales and the Arts Council will retain 20% for processing.

New artist(s) will be given preference over previously exhibited artist(s). Exhibiting artists will be required to install and uninstall his/her own work within the space(s). Artist(s) must be present during the opening of the Micro Gallery exhibit. All scheduled dates and times will be at the discretion of the Director and Gallery Manager.

Download the Micro Gallery PDF for information regarding renter obligations, fees and sales, and Arts Council support and promotion of Micro Gallery exhibitions.

Please see chart below regarding rental deposit fees.
   Day Weekend
(Fri. - Tues.)
 Week  Month
Student or Instructor Exhibiting Student Work
 $20  $40  $60  $80
 Arts Council Member
 $30  $60  $90  $100
 Non-member  $35  $70  $110  $150

Interested artists must submit a formal proposal to the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. This may be mailed or emailed to the Arts Council. Each proposal should include the following:
  • Exhibit Proposal describing who will be exhibiting and what kind of work will be exhibited.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae listing related experiences and/or education, galleries previously exhibited at, membership in other arts organizations, awards received, etc.
  • List of References related to the arts, be it previous instructors, galleries, and/or employers.
  • Portfolio to include six (6) images of recent works (3-4 MB, high-resolution digital images preferred). Images should include one (1) full image of two-dimensional work with an additional detailed image, if necessary. Three-dimensional (3D) work should include at least two (2) full images from two viewpoints of work. Images may be submitted via email, CD-ROM, or as photographs of each piece. CD-ROMs and photographs will not be returned.
Emailed proposals should be sent as PDFs with attached .jpg, .png, TIFF or .JPEG files to Proposals may also be submitted in a binder, addressed and mailed to:

Attn: Director and Gallery Manager
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16B N. Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri holds three juried exhibitions each year, two at the Arts Council galleries and one off-site. A juried exhibition is an art exhibition in which artists submit their work for consideration and a juror (usually a professional artist, college professor, curator, or gallery owner) selects which pieces will be on display and wins awards. Each juried show has a Prospectus which goes over all of the eligibility requirements and entry process. The prospectus is sent out with a Call to Artists, which we will include at:

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri’s Juried Exhibitions are:

Regional Juried Exhibition

  • Open to Artists: From Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  • Call Opens: September
  • Asks artists to submit works that interpret any aspect of the Southeast Missouri region as well as its bordering states. Works are open to interpretation: of the people, places, or ideas that embody this 5-state region.
  • On Display: Annually from December - January
  • Location: The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Gallery
  • View information from our last Regional Juried Exhibition, including participating artists and winning artwork at:
Art for the Health of It
  • Open to Artists: Within a 175 Mile Radius of Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Call Opens: April
  • On Display: Annually June - August
  • Location: Sponsored by SoutheastHEALTH and held at Southeast Hospital.
  • View information from our last Art for the Health of It exhibition, including participating artists and winning artwork at:
National Juried Exhibition
  • Open to Artists: Within the United States.
  • Call Opens: February
  • Exhibition theme changes annually.
  • On Display: Annually from June – July.
  • Location: At the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Gallery
  • View information from our last National Juried Exhibition, including participating artists and winning artwork at:

If you would like to show your artwork on a regular basis, you might consider applying to join the Visual Arts Cooperative. The Visual Arts Cooperative is made up of about 50 local and regional artists. It was formed by artist and retired physician Jean A. Chapman as a way to offer opportunities for members to show and sell their artwork on a continuing basis. The formation coincided with the Arts Council's move to the location at 32 N. Main Street, where an additional gallery, named the Jean A. Chapman Gallery after the Co-op's founder, provided a display space for the group of artists. The Arts Council's move to 16 North Spanish Street in 2016 provided the Visual Arts Cooperative with a brand new gallery for their new exhibits every month, giving each artist a chance to bring in a new piece.

The works displayed each month contain a wide variety of styles and media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, digital, sculpture and photography. "Our goal is to show fine art of the highest quality produced locally," said Dr. Chapman.

If you would like to join, please click here for more information.