The exhibition brings to MCLA gallery 51 a reflection and conversation on the gender continuum—exploring cultural and social issues of gender roles, norms and identification.

Because we all deal with issues of gender and sexuality, we hope to show work from a variety of perspectives across and beyond the spectrum. With work that examines masculinity, femininity and gender identifications between and outside of this binary. Numerous artists have used their work to examine, question, confront and criticize the relationships between gender and society.

The construction of gender roles informs a broad and fluid range of identities, such as heterosexuality, lesbianism, homosexuality, transsexuality, intersexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, genderqueer, and being transgender or cisgender, among others, thus becoming an act of freedom, diversity and individual expression. An individual’s identity is comprised of a multitude of intersecting factors, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, class and orientation. Many people now prefer to use the plural word “identities” emphasizing multiplicity, fluidity and change throughout one’s life. This exhibition turns to the ability of artists to confront the status quo and challenge cultural standards, providing a framework for discussion and change through visual arts.

About SPECTRUM Exhibition Call

MCLA Gallery 51 strives to offer exhibition opportunities to both established and emerging artists in all mediums. 

About MCLA Gallery 51

MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2005, exhibits work from a wide range of contemporary artists. The gallery is located in downtown North Adams, 2 blocks from MASS MoCA, and hosts 8-10 exhibitions each year and countless events and happenings. As an educational and community space Gallery 51 provides opportunities for cross-disciplinary engagement, exploration of profound questions and serves as a hub of cultural activity for students of MCLA and the greater Berkshire community alike.

MCLA Gallery 51 is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.


For selected artists or projects, MCLA Gallery 51 provides the location, installation and marketing for the duration of the exhibit.

The Artist is responsible for the cost of delivering or shipping the work to the gallery and return shipping to the artist. All 2D work must be received framed and/or ready for installation.

Exhibitions Dates

Sept. 27 - Nov. 18, 2018, opening reception Thursday Sept. 27, 5pm - 8pm 

Sales Information

·     MCLA Gallery 51 shall compensate the Artist 70% (seventy percent) of the selling price.

·     MCLA Gallery 51 shall retain a commission of 30% (thirty percent) of any sale conducted through the exhibition.

·      At the request of the artist, work in this exhibition may not be for sale.

How to Apply:

·       Submit an artist statement  (limit 500 words)

·       Provide the following attachments

        - A current CV or Resume, not to exceed 3 pages

        - No more than 3 examples of your work in .jpg format at least 1MB in size. 300dpi, minimum of 1000px on longest side; submissions may also be accompanied by up to 1 detail image per piece submitted.

There is no entry fee for this exhibition

For questions email, gallery51@gmail.com


Arthur De Bow, North Adams, MA.

Curator MCLA’s Gallery 51 and independent Curator/Arts Administrator/Artist Consultant/Artist

Arthur De Bow is the curator at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery 51 in downtown North Adams MA. He was formerly the Exhibitions Director/Curator and Director of Alumni Affairs at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland Oregon for over 20 years, along with having been the Director of galleries in Portland and New York. He has conducted lectures and workshops around the county on the business side of the arts and the presentation of art. He was a Art and Design major at Norjord University, Denmark and a Art and Theater Arts major at Portland State University and also have a degree in Business and Travel Industry. His main work as an artist is in Fiber/Mixed Media and Book Arts/Prints and worked for a number of years as a costume designer in Portland and New York for off Broadway. He is currently a member of the Board of Makers’ Mill, North Adams MA. and on the Advisory Board of The Berkshire Art Museum, North Adams MA. In 2015 He received the Oregon Art Education Association’s Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award for the state of Oregon. 

Erica Wall, Santa Ana, CA.

Owner Gallery 6/67

Erica Wall is owner of Gallery 6/67, in the Santa Ana Arts District of Orange County, California. Shortly after opening Gallery 6/67 in 2017, Erica established the 36 Chase & Barns Residency in North Adams, Massachusetts March of 2018. Her work is dedicated to supporting the exhibition, creation and documentation of work by historically underrepresented artists. Erica’s academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree in Museum Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Professionally, Erica has worked at both large and small museums, most notably the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as Director of School and Community Programs, and The Crocker Museum in Sacramento as Director of Education. Prior to those leadership positions, she worked as an educator at The Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and was a Smithsonian Fellow.

Kieran Swann, Bristol UK

Arnolfini Programme Manager 

Kieran Swann is an artist, curator, and producer working in performance and visual art. His practice returns to ideas of memorial, queerness, performance and bodies as archives, and strategies of co-creation, meaningful engagement of the audience. He is currently Programme Manager for Arnolfini, Bristol UK’s international contemporary arts house; half of McCarthy-Swann Projects, an Australian-based curator/producer of contemporary work for public and gallery spaces; and one quarter of The Good Room, an Australian collective who use the anonymous experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre works. 

He is graduate of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, Victorian College of the Arts and Queensland University of Technology.

Application Deadline is July 29, 2018; Notifications mid-August (August 15, 2018)

Call for entry opens – May 31

Applications submitted – May 31 to July 29

Proposal Review – July 30 – August 3

Exhibitions dates (between) – September 27 – November 18

MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center