ICA Flat Files

Call for Artists: 2022 ICA Flat Files

September 15 – October 15, 2021


The Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore is pleased to announce an open call for our annual Flat File Program. The 2022 program will open in late November 2021 with an mini-exhibition of accepted works at our soon to be announced location in Station North. Due to COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we cannot predict if we will be able to have an full exhibition at this gallery; we are planning to produce a display of artworks along with having the actual flat files for viewing by appointment only. Individual works from the Flat File Program will be highlighted throughout the year in the gallery, on our website, and through social media. Works will be available for purchase throughout the year on our website and accessible in the gallery for browsing.

- Open to professional working artists in the Maryland/VA/DC area only. Currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.
- Submission fee is $10, nonrefundable, for up to five images. NOTE: You will be prompted to pay the $10 application via PayPal once you complete the application and hit send, OR you can go to this link: https://goo.gl/xk8ERs OR you can send $10 to @Louis-Joseph-9 on Venmo. You will be prompted to submit payment after you submit your application materials.
- All work for consideration must have been completed in the last five years.
- Work should be no larger than 22x30” unframed and unmounted with a maximum thickness of 1/2".
- All submitted work must be available for sale.
- Maximum retail price of each work submitted should be less than $500; current price should be indicated.
- 70% of sales of artwork will go to the artist and 30% will go toward programming at ICA Baltimore.
- Images must represent actual work submitted for acceptance. If an accepted work is not available for any reason, it may not be replaced.
- If you have participated in a previous ICA Flat File you may apply again but cannot show work that was previously in part of a flat file (i.e. please submit different work)
- Each image should be not larger than 1000 pixels at the largest dimension.
- Files must be numbered and named LastnameFirstname#.jpg, for example WatersJohn1.jpg.
- All submissions must be in by 11:59pm EDT on October 15, 2021 for consideration.

September 15: Open Call posted
October 15: Application Deadline
early November: Notification
Drop-off Dates: mid November 2021 (specific dates will go out with the notification)
November 20 - December 31, 2021 : ICA Flat File exhibition