Switchboard Art Gallery
Welcome to the Switchboard Gallery, a place for artists to connect, create, and collaborate!
The Switchboard has quickly become the local art hub of Columbia and it's our goal to provide as many opportunities as possible to the local arts community. Whether you are a professional looking to make connections or fresh on the scene and looking for experiences hanging your work in a local gallery, we want to use our Open Call For Art shows to help support artists of every skill level and medium.
Check out upcoming Call For Art themes and deadlines below!
All mediums welcome
Up to 3 entries per artist- NO ENTRY FEE
All ages welcome
Send digital images and the following art specs for each individual piece to email@example.com
"Title of Piece
ALL ARTWORK MUST BE WIRED/ READY TO HANG. The Switchboard will not be responsible for attaching hanging wire and hardware on individual pieces due to damage liability. Any artwork that is delivered without proper hanging attire will not be hung. Thank you for your understanding.
Artwork will hang for the entire month unless notified otherwise by the gallery. Artists will receive notification for artwork and payment pick-up via E-mail the week before the next 4th Friday.
*PLEASE NOTE: Switchboard collects 10% commission off of all works sold. Please adjust your prices accordingly to make sure you get the most value out of your pieces.
Open during Kettle Works hours, all artwork can be purchased by private appointment with the Gallery Operator, Miss Alison. Contact info below!
Call/ Text (717)779-9363
Message Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SwitchboardStudiosandGallery
Message Instagram: @switchboardstudios_andgallery
Upcoming "Call For Artists" and Exhibits
January 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: ROSES
Roses are red, violets are blue, we love to art, we hope you do too! This month's theme is ROSES and we are getting in the romantic mood! We want to flood this gallery with some floral loveeeeee and we need your art to do it!
Submissions due by MIDNIGHT JAN. 20TH. See top of page for submission details. Artists will be notified by E-mail on JAN. 21ST if accepted with drop-off and pick-up information.
February 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: LIFE
March 4th Friday 2024- SOLO SHOW- Mark Dennis, Local Sculptor
Join us on the evening of Friday, March 22nd from 6-9PM as we welcome local sculptor Mark A. Dennis for this month's gallery show. Mark will be giving an artist talk about his creative process at 7PM. Please grab a drink from CKW downstairs and come join us!
MARK A. DENNIS
A Native of York County, now residing in Lancaster County, Mark has a Technical Theatre BA
from Mansfield State College. He has worked for years as a sculptor in various medium
including stone, bronze, wood, and polymer clay which is the medium used in his book, the
Human Figure in Clay. In addition, he continues to work in stage design, landscape design,
and putter about in the wood shop or where ever his clients ask him to work.
"Creating an effective sculpture is a combination of many elements. My passion is the study
of classical art, anatomy, and movement in space; developing the use of tools and
materials, and practicing the process of sculpting which enables me to better convey my
ideas. By combining these various tools of the trade, I hope to convey the essence of a
person; to capture through the face and pose the uniqueness of each individual. Only
through developing one’s skills through the use of these materials can a craftsman hope to
enter the realm of artist.
The wonderful thing about the art field which has chosen me is that it is diverse in its
purpose. I strive to tell a story with each piece. Some pieces are purely for the beauty of
the subject, some are retelling of social history, some tell of my own metamorphosis, while
some are just interesting images or ideas put into form."
April 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: RAIN
May 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: FLOWERS AND BLOOMS
June 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: CRABS
July 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: ASTROLOGY
August 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: CIRCUS
September 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK ILUSTRATIONS
October 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: OWLS
November 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: HAPPY LITTLE TREES
December 4th Friday 2024- OPEN CALL FOR ART- THEME: TEA TIME
Open Figure Drawing
The Switchboard will be the new home to Open Figure Drawing here in Columbia on the second and 4th Thursdays of every month from 6-9PM starting February 9th.
Darren Jordan will be organizing and hosting these sessions so please direct all inquiries his way!
Artists are encouraged to bring their own art supplies and easels. Beer from the brewery downstairs always welcome.
Elevator access through brewery.
For the off weeks that we don't have sessions in studio, (1st and 3rd Thursdays) artists are welcome to join Miss A at Hell in a Bucket Brewery in Wrightsville. Starting at 7PM, Bjorn Jacobsen hosts Open Mic with a very talented crew of local musicians that make for great models and quick figural sketches. The movement, speed, and music keep your brain from getting too caught up in little things.
Music and Art are developed in the same portion of the brain, it's always great to find ways to mesh the two. Get in the zone with other creatives!
See y'all very soon!