COOP Gallery 2022 Open Application for Membership

All applications due by April 30, 2022

COOP Curatorial Collective is excited to announce a new Open Application process for membership. Until 2020, our membership has been based on invitation by an existing member. We recognize the limits of that approach and are eager to become more accessible to our fellow artists and arts advocates.

COOP welcomes applicants of diverse identities and experiences to join. There are no educational requirements for membership and no application fees. Both artists and non-artists are welcome however applicants must be at least 18 years old. More than anything, membership requires passion and dedication to being a part of the community, contributing vision, time, and energy toward contemporary art in Nashville in line with the mission and vision of COOP Gallery.

COOP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art through programming which presents challenging, new, or under-represented artists and artworks. As members of COOP we share the work and joy of running the gallery together and collectively nominate and select exhibiting artists, install exhibitions, and keep the gallery open for visitation. Additionally, members rotate other responsibilities and duties which include:

– Facilitating educational opportunities, workshops and outreach
– Managing budgets
– Curating exchange shows with other galleries out of town
– Press releases and social media marketing

COOP is an entirely volunteer-run operation largely funded by members, public donations, and regional grants. Individual members typically contribute $30 monthly ($360 a year), however, exceptions are made depending on financial needs.