The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is located within the Merriam Community Center. The gallery opened in 1996 at the Irene B. French Community Center with a mission to increase public awareness of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. The gallery relocated to the Merriam Community Center in July 2020 when the new facility opened.
Gallery space features monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. All exhibits are free to the public. Artists will have originals and prints for sale to the public. Each year, artists are encouraged to submit an application for the opportunity to showcase their work at the gallery. If applicants desire to exhibit with another applicant, they can request a joint show but it is not guaranteed that applicants will be placed together.
Artists who wish to be considered for 2025 exhibitions must submit application by Sunday, July 31, 2024
All applicants receive notification via email of acceptance or rejection the week after Labor Day.
How artist selection works:
Accepted artists must follow these guidelines:
Merriam Parks and Recreation provides an opening reception for each show. The reception is scheduled for the first Thursday of the month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dignitaries and the arts community will receive invitations. Artists are encouraged to attend and will receive invitation postcards to mail/email to friends.
For larger group shows, the gallery will continue to pay for expenses for an estimated 80 visitors for the opening night. If the group anticipates more refreshments are needed, the group contact will be responsible for coordinating additional menu items with Parks and Recreation staff.
90% of the show must be available for sale.
Sale commission is 30%