Application Procedure & Guidelines

  >>Applications may be submitted ONLINE or via mail.<<

  Please read all Application Guidelines (below). Applicants may submit one original work of art for consideration.

  Submit the following materials by April 30, 2018:

  1. Long Island Biennial 2018 Application (Email to download PDF if submitting via mail.)

  2. Artist's resume listing fine arts education, exhibitions, collections, and bibliography, as well as an artist's statement (100-200 words).

  3. Image of submitted artwork that meets the specifications outlined below (digital images will be used during the adjudication process. Images will be trimmed and resized as required, but will not otherwise be altered)

  4. $40 application fee ($25 for Heckscher Museum of Art members). To learn more about becoming a member, see our "Join" page.

    NOTE: Long Island Biennial applicants can apply as a "New Member" for a $55 fee, which includes the application fee, as well as a one-year individual membership to the Heckscher Museum of Art.

Image Specifications

  Submitted images must be at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch), sent as a JPEG of no more than 5 MB.

  Sculpture entries may be submitted as a composite image comprised of several views.

Application Guidelines

Please carefully review all of the guidelines below. You may also print a hard-copy (PDF).



Applicants must be active artists, 18 years and older, who live in Nassau or Suffolk County and who have specialized training in art and/or whose primary activity is creating art.  All artists must submit a current CV or resume and artist's statement (100-200 words).

Paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor), sculptures, works on paper (drawings, pastels, collages), photographs, prints, and mixed media artworks will be considered.  The Museum cannot accommodate video or installation art.  

Only artworks created within the past two years will be considered.


Two-dimensional artwork may not exceed 42 inches in its longest dimension, including frame.  Unframed, museum-wrapped works are also acceptable. Three-dimensional artwork may not exceed 60 inches high x 24 inches wide x 24 inches deep, with a maximum height of 72 inches including integral base where used, and a maximum weight of 75 lbs.


Artwork that is selected for exhibition must be display ready, as follows:

  1. Paintings: framed or museum-wrapped and wired.

  2. Prints, photographs, and works on paper: matted, framed, and wired.

  3. Sculptures: the artist must supply base, pedestal, and vitrine cover where required for proper exhibition. Bases or pedestals must be painted white.

  4. All artworks must be labeled with the artist’s name, title, date, and medium.


  1. Artwork must be delivered into the Museum on July 30 and be removed from the Museum on November 12 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (on each day).  The Museum cannot provide assistance handling artwork outside the building.

  2. Artwork cannot be withdrawn at any time between July 30 and November 12.

  3. Due to space constraints, the Museum cannot accommodate early delivery of artwork nor store it after the exhibition.

  4. Artists assume all transportation costs.

  5. Artists must provide any required packing material when picking up their works.  The Museum cannot store packing material during the exhibition.


Applicants must grant permission to The Heckscher Museum of Art to display images of submitted artworks in the Gallery on the Museum's Long Island Biennial website, along with the artist’s website or e-mail address.  Further, applicants whose work is selected for inclusion in the 2018 Long Island Biennial exhibition must grant the Museum permission for image use in educational, promotional, and media materials.


A standard loan agreement will be executed by the Museum’s Registrar for objects selected for the Long Island Biennial.  The Museum agrees to insure works of art under a fine arts insurance policy against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while in its possession.  The Registrar will evaluate the condition of entries on arrival, while on view, and on departure to ensure they are stable and safe.  The Museum reserves the right to remove from display any object that becomes an actual or potential risk to visitors or other works of art.


All participants must submit a non-refundable $40 participation fee ($25 for Heckscher Museum of Art members)


The Long Island Biennial is not a themed competition.  Jurors will consider creativity, quality, and professionalism.  The Heckscher Museum of Art reserves the right to refuse a work of art and to not present it in the Gallery on the Long Island Biennial website at its discretion.  In such a case, the participation fee will be returned.