Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the mission of the gallery and how are artists selected?
A. We showcase visual art which expresses the themes or subjects of the plays in production during the exhibition, or the mission of the San Diego Repertory Theatre. The REP’s Audience Engagement Curator curates the galleries and leads a jury of REP staff members in selecting artists whose work reflects the theatre’s mission and, if applicable, has an appropriate tie-in with the production.
Q. What is the cost to an artist to exhibit at The REP?
A. We do not have a gallery fee. However, artists are entirely responsible for the insurance of the art during its time at the gallery. Artists are entirely responsible for all costs associated with the creation of their art as well as its transportation. If the artist would like to try to sell their artwork during the time of the exhibition, The REP will handle payment of purchased work and will take a 20% commission of the pre-tax purchase price.
Q. Will people see our art hanging in a theatre lobby?
A. Absolutely! The Lyceum Theatres attract thousands of art-loving patrons year round. With two active stages and performances from many different performing arts organizations, there is heavy foot traffic through our upper and lower lobbies.
Q. What is the load-in, hanging, and load-out procedure for the art?
A. Artists are entirely responsible for transporting and hanging their art. All artwork must be hung on our gallery hanging track system and visiting exhibitors are not allowed to hang their work in a manner than would damage our walls. We are located in Horton Plaza mall so load-in can be tricky. The theatre has an underground freight elevator for large load-ins from the Horton Plaza Loading Dock, available only with pre-arranged notice. We recommend that artists bring people to help load-in and load-out their work. You typically have 1 – 2 days for load-in, but most artists do it in an afternoon depending on the complexity of their exhibit. After the exhibit, the artist typically has 1 – 2 days for load out and is responsible for leaving the gallery in the state they left in. Your installation and deinstallation dates will be assigned by the Curator well in advance and must be adhered to.
Q. Can we have an opening reception?
A. We encourage artists and exhibiting groups to host an opening reception for their exhibition during the first week of previews. Dates must be selected and approved ahead of time to fit the events schedule. This event will be listed as one of the Engagement Events that happens in concurrence with the play on stage.
Q. What publicity will The REP offer?
A. As long as the artist provides the required information to the Curator by the assigned deadline, a description of the exhibition and information about their opening event will be featured in the Engagement Event brochure. The REP creates and mails this brochure to approximately 40,000 art patrons for each REP production. The Engagement Event information is also displayed on The REP’s website. Additionally artists are welcome to create fliers, advertisements and social media welcoming the public to attend the gallery during its regular hours 12PM – 6PM Monday through Sunday.