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Life in the City 2024 Exhibition

Life in the City is an annual art exhibition focused on highlighting diversity in culture, architecture and lifestyles found in urban landscapes across the world.  Artists 18 years or older are invited to share their personal experiences and view of what life is like, in the city.  Artwork of all mediums will be considered for the show and should fit the theme of Life in the City.  This year Front Street Gallery is pleased to announce this year’s guest juror, Michael Coppage.  One artist will be awarded “Best in Show,” receive $500 and a solo show at the Front Street Gallery in April 2025.  All accepted artists will be invited to a private artist’s reception, with food, beverages, & live music to accompany.  This reception is when “Best in Show” will be announced by our guest juror.

Submit at: by July 14, 2024 at midnight. 

May 13: Applications Open
July 14: Applications close at midnight
July 19: Notification of Jury Results
July 24, 25, 26: (10AM - 4PM) Art Drop off (artwork must be ready to hang). August 1: (6-8PM) Private Reception for artists and their families.
August 2: (5-9PM) Opening Reception
August 18: (11-4PM) Closing Reception (Take artwork home after 4PM.)
August 19, 20: (10AM-4PM) Artwork Pickup (last days to pick up artwork)


Michael Coppage is a conceptual artist using an interdisciplinary, dialectical approach to address social issues surrounding race and language. Originally from Chicago, He has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 2007. Coppage is the three-time recipient of Artswave’s Truth and Reconciliation grant, Ohio Pretrial Justice grant, and received Awesome Foundation grants in New York and Philadelphia. He is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Councils Individual Artistic Excellence award, Artist Opportunities Grant and The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation Enlightenment Award. He completed a TEDx Talk titled “Everybody’s Racist...and it’s O.K” and he gained international attention with his recent project “BLACK BOX” : a community impact project aimed at demystifying blackness and creating authentic experiences that replaces bias and preconceived notions related to “Black”. This series has impacted over 2 million people in 29 countries and has been exhibited in Puerto Rico, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 21c Museum Hotel, Medici Museum, Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery and at Art Crawl Harlem on Governors Island in New York two consecutive years in a row to name a few. Coppage has gained some attention recently with a body of work entitled “American+” and has completed several public works in the United States. Read more about Michael here.


  • $25 to apply.  Each artist may complete one application and submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for review.  
  • All applicants will receive a free Front Street T-Shirt.
  • Pay online when you apply.


  • Artwork must relate to the experience of life within the city.  Artists may interpret this broadly but should ultimately be sure their submission is relevant to the theme and provide a strong description of the connection in their application.  
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Art must be professionally presented and ready to hang with wiring on the back, be displayed on a pedestal (maximum footprint of 15” x 20”) or sit on the floor.
  • Artwork does not need to be brand new, but it must not have been exhibited before at Front Street or associated galleries.
  • Artwork may not be picked up before the close of the show. 
  • Object details are required for each work submitted: Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Sale price, as well as a brief description of the work. 
  • How a work pertains to the theme, location, technique, time period, etc. are some examples of what could be written about in the description of a work. 
  • All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not be permitted to add to or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.
  • Artists must cover the cost to transport artwork to and from the gallery. All work selected for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the submitted images, or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. 
  • Works must be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in reusable packaging. Works will be returned in the same manner as received or via FEDEX/UPS/USPS. Exhibited work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of the DSA.
  • Shipped Works: Please inquire about shipping work at  Artwork must be received on or before July 26, 2024, and will be shipped back to the artist by August 28, 2024.
  • In-Person Art Drop Off: July 24, 25, 26: 10AM - 4PM  Artwork must be ready to hang.
  • In-Person Art Pick up: Artists may take work home on Sunday August 18th after 4PM immediately following the closing reception.  
  • Additional Art Pick up Dates: August 19, 20: (10AM-4PM) 


    • All work labeled for sale will be displayed and sold in the gallery and online at
    • Artists maintain responsibility for insuring fine artwork during shipment and/or travel (including U.S. mail delivery) to the Front Street Gallery. Front Street will acknowledge receipt of work when physically received by appropriate Front Street personnel.
    • The Front Street Gallery does not have climate control in the galleries.
    • The Front Street Gallery takes NO COMMISSION on sales. Do not include shipping in the price of the piece. After sales are completed, the artist is responsible for coordinating with the purchaser to deliver/ship work. Artists may use the Front Street Gallery as a meeting point.


    • Submitting the entry form indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in these guidelines, and that you agree to make your work available and will ship/deliver it to the gallery should it be selected for exhibit. Front Street may use submitted images and artwork in print and/or digital marketing materials.