PROTO is a contemporary art gallery located in the historic former R. Neumann and Co. leather goods factory in Hoboken, NJ. Founded by artist Nick De Pirro in 2013, PROTO exhibits new work in all media by emerging and mid-career artists in a 2500 sq. ft. main exhibition space and auxiliary video projection room.

PROTO GOMEZ is a ground-floor storefront exhibition space located in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

Programming at the two galleries consists primarily of solo exhibitions by our represented artists, with periodic group exhibitions assembled by the gallery or by invited guest curators, featuring artists from the NYC region as well as artists from across the United States and as far as Japan and Australia.

Located in the same factory complex as PROTO Gallery, Project Studios is an art services company with a mission to provide creative services, studio spaces, and membership-based studio workshops. Our purpose is to support the arts using a small business model rather than a sales or grants model because we believe that art can be profitable for individuals within their own studio practice. This is achieved by providing inexpensive studio space, shop space, shared workspaces, and exhibition opportunities so that artists can function as professionals even without substantial income.

Ends on September 2, 2019$30.00

Announcing FRESH BLOOD, a Group Art Exhibition at PROTO GOMEZ Gallery, highlighting exceptional and innovative contemporary art.

On View December 4, 2019 through December 22, 2019.

FRESH BLOOD is an international open call exhibition opportunity hosted by PROTO GOMEZ, a storefront contemporary art gallery, located in the Two-Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. FRESH BLOOD as an art show, seeks to showcase exciting and innovative contemporary art, produced in a variety of media. While there are no restrictions and applications are open to all, selection preference will be given to artists who have not previously shown with PROTO GOMEZ, PROTO Gallery, The Dorado Project, and their affiliates.

FRESH BLOOD 2019 will be curated by Nick De Pirro and Enrico Gomez, co-founders and owners of PROTO GOMEZ. 

In addition to the art show FRESH BLOOD, this open call has been created to provide an organized means for emerging and mid-career artists to bring their work to the attention of the gallery as well as independent curators and arts organizers we collaborate with. Submitted work will also be considered for one or more of the following:

• Solo exhibitions at PROTO GOMEZ Gallery

• Online Group Exhibitions Presented on our PROTO GOMEZ Artsy Profile

• Solo and Group Exhibitions in our affiliated 2500 s.f. gallery, PROTO Gallery, located in the historic former R. Neumann and Co. leather goods factory in Hoboken, NJ.

• Future Art Fairs

• Inclusion in our Gallery Inventory and Artsy Listing

• Exposure to Independent Curators in partnership with PROTO GOMEZ for In-house Projects as well as Affiliated Galleries and Art Spaces

A submission to this open call does not guarantee inclusion in the FRESH BLOOD exhibition or affiliated opportunities, however all entires are seen and considered by Nick De Pirro, Enrico Gomez, and selected independent curators.

Thank you for your interest in our FRESH BLOOD 2019 open call.


Application Announcement: APRIL 10, 2019

Final Submission Deadline: SEP 2, 2019, 11:59pm

Acceptance Notifications: First Week of OCT 2019

Accepted Artworks Received By: SAT NOV 16, 2019

Gallery Exhibition: DEC 4 - DEC 22 2019

Opening Reception: WED DEC 4 2019 from 6-8PM


All artists over the age of 18 years old are eligible. While open to all, selection preference will be given to artists who have not previously shown with PROTO GOMEZ, PROTO Gallery, The Dorado Project, and their affiliates.

Only original works may be submitted. The fee is $30.00 US for up to five (5) images. All entries must be registered/received by Sep 2, 2019 11:59 PM ET All entry fees are non-refundable.


1. Maximum Size: 48” X 48” X 12” D

2. All artwork must be suitably framed to a professional standard. All framed work must use Plexiglas, except hand-delivered work less than 24” x 30”. Wall mounted sculpture, canvas and wood panels do not require a frame. No clip frames, saw-tooth hangers or taped edges are permitted. Video work must include all equipment.

3. Work must be wired or have a cleat attachment and be ready for hanging. A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Notification form. No artwork may be substituted.

4. Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. NO SUBSTITUTIONS of accepted works will be allowed.

5. Work cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibition.


Artists will be responsible for delivery and return shipping of all their artwork. The artist assumes all responsibility for insuring artwork against shipping damage or loss. (A Condition Report will be issued to each artist upon receipt of their artwork to the gallery). Shipped work must arrive at the gallery (or alternate, mutually agreed upon location) by SATURDAY, NOV 16, 2019 in a reusable container. A computer-generated return label for return of work MUST be enclosed. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through UPS or FedEx websites. No U.S. Postal Service or COD returns. No Cash, Check, Stamps, or Credit Card Information Will Be Accepted For Return of Work. NO EXCEPTIONS.


PROTO GOMEZ, and their respective representatives and affiliates, is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage that may have occurred during transport or unpacking the work. Every precaution will be taken in handling the work, but PROTO GOMEZ, and their respective representatives and affiliates,  assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition. Each artist may, if they wish, provide their own insurance.


All artwork must be priced for retail sale.
Artwork cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, prior to the end of the exhibit.
PROTO GOMEZ will retain a 50% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the final retail price. Any Discounts (of up to 10%) are agreed upon in this agreement, and artist and gallery agrees to split discount equally. (Discounts greater than 10% require prior approval of the artist). An additional Consignment Form will be e-mailed to accepted artists and need to be filled out, signed, scanned by the accepted artists and e-mailed back to gallery prior to the exhibition.

With the submission of artwork into the FRESH BLOOD 2019 Exhibition, the artist agrees to all of the above terms and conditions set forth in these exhibition guidelines. Your fee payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in this prospectus.

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