The second edition of the (e)merge art fair will take place Oct. 4–7, within blocks of the museums on the National Mall, at the modernist Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline hotel.

The 2011 inaugural edition of (e)merge featured 80 vetted exhibitors with works by artists from 21 countries. More than 5500 attendees visited the gallery and artist exhibitions, performances, panel discussions, curatorial museum walk-throughs and private collection tours.

(e)merge has partnered with The National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The National Museum of Women in the Arts to develop special events and programs surrounding the time of the upcoming fair.

Online applications are now being accepted for galleries, nonprofit spaces and artists. The application deadline is April 27.

Art may include works in all media: installation, painting, photography, new media, performance, sculpture, works on paper and video. Whereas work in all media will be carefully considered, projects involving experimental works in non-traditional formats are especially encouraged . Such work may include installation, conceptual art, performance, new media or the inventive use of materials to express challenging concepts.

Artists whose proposals are accepted by the selection committee will be provided with exhibition space at the fair free of charge. To be eligible for artist exhibition space, artist applicants must be currently without gallery representation and may have had solo gallery shows but may not have had solo museum or Kunsthalle exhibitions.

Additional information may be found by visiting the exhibitor services page at or emailing at

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