Emerging Indigenous Artist Series

Emerging Indigenous Artist Series

2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series


Indigenous artists are invited to apply to the 2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series. This series offers established and up-and-coming artists who identify as emerging and wish to participate in a curated group exhibition at the newly opened Don Dexter Gallery. This is an excellent opportunity to increase the artists’ visibility in the local arts community, especially honoring the Indigenous artists who have not yet received widespread recognition. Artworks will be exhibited at Don Dexter Gallery, Crescent Village. 

Proposed exhibition dates: May 4—June 28, 2024, with an opening reception on May 4, 2024.

Submissions are welcome in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, weaving and mixed media. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

FEBRUARY 1 2024: Applications close
MARCH 1 2024: Applicants advised of the outcome of their application by email

Words by Don Dexter


Emerging art is an inclusive category for artwork from artists, young and old, who have yet to achieve market or critical recognition. This can include work from young artists, up-and-coming artists, underrepresented artists, those excluded from the traditional path to recognition, or those denied or late to have the opportunity to showcase their art. Most indigenous artists struggle to find the support and opportunity to showcase their work.

Addressing this disparity, in the spring of 2024, Don Dexter Gallery will feature a collective exhibition of Emerging Indigenous Artists. This exhibition will provide a showcase for underrepresented Indigenous artists who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to participate in a featured gallery show.


Who is eligible to apply to the 2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series?

This series is open to individual emerging artists, not ensembles or groups. Artists can practice any art form. An emerging artist is defined as anyone early in their career as an artist or with limited experience or opportunity showing their artwork in public. Age is not a determining factor, an emerging artist may be a young artist or someone who has taken up art later in life. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be of Indigenous ancestry
  • Be at least 18 years
  • Have limited or no experience exhibiting or presenting their artwork to the public
What is the fee for applying?

There is no application, submission, or entry fee. 

What are the application requirements?

Our online application asks for contact information, website/social media links, biography, artist statements, and images of your artworks. The information you enter can also be saved and edited until your application is submitted.

Please only submit artwork available for inclusion in this exhibition or have a similar replacement if selected.

What are the deadlines?

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

FEBRUARY 1 2024: Applications for the 2024 Emerging Indigenous Artist Series close

MARCH 1 2024: Applicants advised of the outcome of their application by email

How will I be notified of the application selection?

All artists will be notified of the final decision by March 1, 2024 and contacted for the next steps. If you are selected to be a part of the series, we will send a text as a backup if we do not hear from you via email within one (1) week.

When is the group exhibition?

Proposed exhibition dates: May 4—June 28, 2024, with an opening reception on May 4, 2024

Does Don Dexter Gallery charge commission once my artwork is sold?

Due to this special series dedicated to emerging Indigenous artists, we will not charge a commission. There is no application, submission, or entry fee. It is free to enter and show your artwork. All Indigenous artists are welcome to apply.

Does Don Dexter Gallery award grants or other monetary benefits?

Not at this time. Don Dexter Gallery provides the space, and communications and marketing support to assist emerging Indigenous artists. 

What if I have more questions about the application or series?

If you still have questions or specific inquiries, please email hello@dondextergallery.com