A.I.R. Gallery is a permanent exhibition space that supports an open exchange of ideas and risk–taking by women artists in order to provide support and visibility. As an artist-run organization, A.I.R. fosters involvement through multiple tiers of representation: New York, National, Adjunct, and Alumnae Artists. A self-directed governing body, the organization is alternative to mainstream institutions and thrives on the network of active participants. Collaborations and partnerships with outside organizations and individuals ensure a platform informed by a diverse community and representative of broad views. A.I.R. maintains a gallery space in Brooklyn, NY and exhibits the work of hundreds of women artists each year. In addition to public open calls: Generations, the Biennial, Currents, and the Postcard Show, A.I.R. hosts many events, lectures and symposia on feminism, art and much more. Our programs engage an audience across a broad spectrum of experiences while creating a lively discourse among artists. A.I.R.’s Fellowship Program For Emerging and Underrepresented Women Artists provides a year-long career development intensive for six artists each year as well as life-long support and collaboration. Since 1972, when a group of visionary women artists opened the first gallery space at 97 Wooster Street in Soho, A.I.R. Gallery has been leading the way in championing women artists, increasing their visibility and the viability of their endeavors. 

Fe*Mail*Art: A.I.R. Gallery's 2020 Postcard Exhibition

Co-opting the estranged and increasingly automated system of the postal service, the Mail Art movement of the 1970s took correspondence as an opportunity for unexpected encounter and intimate transmission. Re-fashioning the bureaucratic tool of the rubber stamp into an artistic strategy and highlighting the democratic implications of serially published artworks, this generation of artists borrowed popular institutional and commercial aesthetics to radical ends. Pioneering correspondence artists such as Anna Banana, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Pauline Smith, and Irene Dogmatic, found freedom from censorship in this network, using it to marshall and gather non-normative sub-cultures around identity, politics, and punk.

For its 2020 annual postcard show—to be held from February 14 to March 15, 2020—A.I.R. Gallery is issuing an open call for submissions that engage this format of personal and political messaging through the mailed art object. The exhibition intends to celebrate this history of mail art and call attention to its relevance today, when means of corresponding have proliferated so dramatically and when the physical post has become almost exclusively a means of circulating commodity culture through advertisement and delivery. 

We invite artists to participate by donating a postcard-size work (6 x 4 inches) in any medium relating to the theme of networked communities initiated through correspondence. Each original work will be sold for $45 and proceeds benefit A.I.R. Gallery programs. We encourage you to interpret this prompt widely and to help us expand the meaning of Mail Art today!

Submissions should arrive at A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201) no later than February 7, 2020. To submit your work, please fill out this form. If you would like your postcard returned to you after the exhibition, please include a pre-addressed and stamped envelope along with your submission.




Your application must include the following:

  • A 500 word proposal describing your plans and ideas for the exhibition
  • Resume (one page)
  • Artist statement (one page)
  • Please list one (1) reference with contact information
  • Images or Video
  • Ten (10) images related to proposed exhibition in 1000px high (variable width), 72dpi, JPG, RGB
    • Three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of three (3) minutes long. Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed.
  • Completed image or video list

We have three different exhibition spaces, please consider this in your proposal. 

Gallery I- $3,600 (August ONLY) 

Gallery II- $3,200 ($2,900 for A.I.R. NY Artists or August Dates)

Gallery III-$3,200 ($2,900 for A.I.R. NY Artists or August Dates)


To apply for membership please complete all questions.

A.I.R. Gallery