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Submit to the 2023 30x30x30 EXHIBITION

Var Gallery's 30 x 30 x 30 Exhibition invites select artists, to make 30 pieces, in 30 days in the month of January. The show's goals are to stimulate an aggressive art-making marathon right away at the beginning of the year as well as provide gallery visitors the ability to collect small works from many artists. This is Var’s 7th year holding this exhibition and overall interest for the showcase continues to grow for artists and gallery patrons. Last year’s submission count hit over 130 and has an estimated 4,000 virtual visitors along with hundreds of private in-person appointments, dwarfing the previous years' attendance. Sales generated for artists for 2022’s exhibition total over $45K, most of which goes straight to the exhibiting artists.

Submission Requirements
  1. $25 submission fee via the "Buy Now" button below.

  2. Works accepted are paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, unique prints, photography, and collage.

  3. All 2D work must be 6" x 6" INCLUDING the frame and all 3D work must be within or exactly 6" x 6" x 6". All work must be wall hangable.

  4. All individual works must be for sale

  5. Submit examples of your work,

    • Provide a clear statement regarding the work you intend on creating in the month of January 2021. (150 words or less)

    • Provide 3 image samples of current work that can reflect the media in which you intend on creating your 30. You may also submit an image of a sketch or sample of your intended 30.

    • Both statement and images will be submitted via One PDF document to info@vargallery.com titled, “YOURNAME_30x30x30_Exhibition_2023 Submission”




Shane McAdams

Shane McAdams is artist, writer, curator, educator, and papa residing in Cedarburg, WI. His artwork has been exhibited at Allegra LaViola Gallery, Marlborough, Chelsea, Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR, Scream London, and Artistree in Hong Kong, China, The Schneider Museum, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Kohler Art Center, as well as other venues. His work has been reviewed in Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Huffington Post, and The Village Voice. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Marian University. He is a three-time Creative Capital, Andy Warhol Writer’s Grant finalist, and his writing appeared regularly in the Brooklyn Rail from 2002 to 2012. He has also contributed to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and currently writes for the Shepherd Express for which he received the Visual Arts Achievement in Arts Writing from the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to writing and painting, he is also a co-partner in REAL TINSEL, an art space on the Southside of Milwaukee.


Samantha Timm

Samantha Timm is the Curator at Saint Kate – The Arts hotel. Her career in the arts began at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin as curatorial assistant for its approximately 23,000 works of art covering diverse historical periods, cultures and geographies. She has also held various positions at art museums in the New York City area, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, an internationally renowned art museum devoted to 20th century art, and Winter Antiques Show, a leading art, antiques and design fair featuring experts in the fine and decorative arts. Prior to Saint Kate, Timm was curator for Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey, which holds a collection of old, fine and decorative prints. Her strong background in both art history and contemporary art brought her to Saint Kate as art historian in April 2019 and co-curator with Marcus in October 2020. In addition to her breadth of experience in the arts, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s degree in History of Art from the University of York in York, England. 

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Josh Hintz

Josh Hintz is the owner & director of Var Gallery & Var Studios. Var Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with two locations on 2nd and 5th Street. The galleries are known for ambitious exhibitions, engaging events, and a social atmosphere to enjoy artworks and cocktails with friends. Var Studios houses 70 Milwaukee-based artists at both locations. In addition to our regular programming, Var Gallery’s 5th Street location promotes affordable artworks through our Small Works Gallery, hosts rotating exhibitions through our Between Two Galleries and houses Hawthorn Contemporary. The gallery was founded by Josh Hintz in 2014, and today thrives as a center point for Milwaukee’s visual arts community.