Women in the Heights: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Submission Deadline - February 8, 2022 11:59 PM

Curated by Andrea Arroyo
The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is seeking submissions for “Women in the Heights: Up Close and Personal”. The 13th annual Women in the Heights exhibition will be held in-person, to inaugurate NoMAA’s new space in the historic United Palace.

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March), we invite artists to submit works that reflect on personal and collective experiences during these challenging times, while inspiring connectedness and hope.

Eligibility: Open to self-identified women artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Above 110th Street on the West Side (west of 5th Ave) and above 96th Street on the East Side (east of 5th Ave).

Artwork eligibility: Each artist can submit up to 3 works. Wall-hung works in all fine art media, dimensions limited to a minimum of 10” and maximum of 24” wide, and up to 4” deep (including frame).

Written/spoken word works (maximum 250 words) must be submitted as a video link, under three minutes. Also submit the text of the work. If selected, your text must be printed and framed as per framing guidelines for the exhibition. Submissions must be unpublished and in English and/or Spanish.


Visual artworks in all fine art media will be considered. All digital images submitted must be ready for inclusion in the online gallery on nomaanyc.org. For assistance, review NoMAA’s Practical Steps for Digital Image Preparation with Patricia Miranda on our YouTube channel HERE

  • Please submit up to three (3) jpg or png images, 72dpi, 2500+ pixels on the shortest side of the image, 3-5mb.
  • Label images as follows:
    Last Name_First Name_Title_Media_Size_Year_Price.jpg (e.g.: Smith_Maria_Woman in Blue_Acrylic on canvas_12x12in_2020_100.jpg)
  • Be sure to not use special characters in your file name ($ <> ? / \ ” * : + =). Use only letters, numbers and hyphens ( ) or underscores ( _ ).


Spoken word works must be submitted by video, maximum three (3) minutes. Cell phone quality video is sufficient. Upload to Vimeo as a public video, and submit the link (example: https://vimeo.com/419780487). Vimeo tutorial “How to make a video on your phone” HERE

Submission Deadline: February 8, 2022


  • January 18, 2022 – Submissions open
  • February 8, 2022 – Submission Deadline
  • February 15, 2022 – Notification
  • March 17 – April 14, 2022 – Exhibit dates
  • March 3-4, 2022 (10am-5pm) – Delivery of accepted works at NoMAA, 4140 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10033
  • March 22, 7-8pm – (Virtual) Opening
  • April 5, 7-8pm – (Artist Talk: April 5, 7-8pm (Virtual or in-person, pending pandemic guidelines.)
  • April 18-19, 10am-5pm (TBC) – Pick-up of work

ACCEPTED WORK (please read and follow the instructions carefully):Participating artists must provide all of the requested materials by the dates indicated above.

  • All artwork must be ready to hang.
  • All artwork must be presented in a professional manner, including professional-grade framing, matting and display materials. Unframed works must be cradled, stretched or appropriately mounted (excluding textile, 3-D or odd-shaped works, which must include professional hanging hardware.)
  • All works must have hanging wire attached to the back (2-4” below top edge of work,) no other hanging hardware (string, monofilament, etc.) will be accepted.
  • All work must be labeled on the back with artist’s name and title.
  • All artwork must be available for exhibition for the duration of the show.
  • Sales of artworks are not conducted by NoMAA. However, a price list will be available, and artists will be contacted directly by interested buyers. We suggest a donation of 15% of the sale price to NoMAA to help sustain our programs and artists grants.
  • Images of the artwork may be used by NoMAA for promotion of the exhibit (for non-commercial purposes only), including on NoMAA’s Google Arts and Culture page.
  • Artists will sign a loan agreement provided by NoMAA at the time of notifications.
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to participate in an artist talk (In-person or virtual, depending on pandemic guidelines,) and other exhibition programming.
  • NoMAA has general liability insurance, but not individual fine art coverage. NoMAA’s gallery space at 4140 Broadway is monitored by security cameras. All exhibitors must sign the loan agreement, which releases the gallery and partner organizations and individuals from responsibility for loss, theft or damage.
  • NoMAA’s new gallery space functions as a multi-use space, please take this into consideration before submitting very fragile or unframed works.
NoMAA Studios @4140

If you have any questions, call (212) 567 4394 or email info@nomaanyc.org

Listing expiration: February 9, 2022.