MAY 17 - JULY 5, 2024

In the Spring of 2012, Page Bond Gallery founder Page Bond launched EMERGE I as an exhibition to connect with the VCUarts community and support young artists.
The EMERGE exhibition has, in the past, been invitation-only with a focus on VCU MFA candidates & graduates. This year, however, we are hoping to connect with and exhibit a broader range of young artists by opening submissions to non-VCU students and young artists focused on producing strong artistic work.
Past EMERGE artists have gone on to be nationally recognized, collected, and represented. Page Bond Gallery continues to exhibit many past EMERGE artists including Isa Newby Gagarin, Mathew Gasparek, Ryan Syrell, Sayaka Suzuki, Amy Archinal and more.
Sasha Baskin, EMERGE VII
Marie Fornaro, EMERGE VII


There is no theme to the EMERGE exhibition. We treat each year like a survey, encouraging a range of perspectives, concepts, and applications of the fine arts. We welcome young artists practicing in different media such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, etc to apply. 

Looking for inspiration? To take a look at past years EMERGE exhibitions, click here.

Many works included in the EMERGE exhibition will be selected from the open call submission. In addition, a small number of young artists will be invited to apply if the gallery connects with their practice. We look for emerging and overlooked young artists and art students who will bring something distinct and unique to the exhibition. This results in a range of works from artists in different moments of their careers, and gives an extra boost to emerging artist’s CV.

We encourage young artists who are strongly committed to their artistic practice, MFA candidates, and recent MFA graduates (1-3 years) to submit!

We know fees can enforce unnecessary barriers to entry. Our hope is that young artists will choose to support the EMERGE exhibition with their active participation, just as we hope to support their careers in return. 


This group exhibition will be the only open call we hold each year and is dedicated to featuring a wide range of  artistic practices. Participating EMERGE artists can expect generous local and national exposure in addition to standard commercial collection opportunities. 
All accepted artists will have their artwork featured at Page Bond Gallery, a gallery space in the West End district of Richmond, Virginia.
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page linked below.