HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. has issued an open call for exhibition proposals for the 2014 exhibition season. The gallery recently switched to a simplified paperless email submission process. Maine artists and arts organizations are encouraged to submit ideas for exhibitions in 2014. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1.

Exhibitions at the Gallery are chosen from among proposals submitted by the Maine arts community. The organization welcomes ideas for upcoming shows. As of 2013 we’ve switched over to a simple paperless proposal process via email. The exhibition committee meets twice annually to review submissions.

Maine artists or artists with a strong Maine connection are our primary focus, but proposals from outside the state are considered.

Proposed exhibitions may be solo, group or themed and can be open, invitational or juried. Organizers generally limit solo shows to one per year, therefore submissions for small group shows are encouraged, or themed shows open to submissions from other artists.

The exhibition committee is especially interested in presenting art by promising or under-appreciated Maine artists; art from a range of disciplines; contemporary or conceptual art; or shows that address a current social issue — recent examples include art dealing with issues of domestic violence, mental illness, hunger, global warming and our society’s love affair with the automobile.

The committee looks for creative ideas for ways to collaborate with other central Maine organizations and nonprofits and welcoming the potential to cross-pollinate ideas and appeal to new audiences. Recent partners include SpinOff Studios, Kennebec Land Trust, University of Maine at Augusta, Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Johnson Hall, Kennebec Local Food Initiative and area elementary, middle and high schools.

For proposal forms and further details, visit www.harlowgallery.org, email [email protected] or call 622-3813.