Open Call

Open Call – Deadline – January 15th, 2020 (extended from 12/31/2019)

This is open to ALL artists (not just immigrants) and it’s not about immigrant work. Submit your best work!


  • 1st prize:  Solo Show and $500 in expenses for the show plus an interview on 
  • 2nd prize: Solo show (more possible solo shows will be awarded depending on the submissions)
  • 3rd prize: 1 Group Show and possible inclusion on future groups shows
  • The PDF file of your work will be kept in a folder for future solo and group shows at THE BORDER or any other location Jamie Martinez/The Border curate at.


  • 3 images for $25 and 5 images for $30 (or 3 video links – on the email itself) OR a solo show proposal of your work for $25 (pick one).
  • All work must have been done within the last 3 years.
  • A brief statement about your work (300 words max) as a PDF file.
  • Your CV as a PDF file.
  • Put your name, the name of the artwork, year, materials and price you want on your end.
  • All submissions are non-refundable and the application cannot be changed or resubmitted in any way.
  • This OPEN CALL is done to raise funds to keep the gallery open and all the funds go directly for that purpose only, which is to pay the rent.


  • Create a PDF of your artwork with either 3 images ($25) or 5 images ($30) or links to 3 videos including the name of the artwork, year, materials and price you want on your end OR submit a proposal for a solo show using the space creatively, installations are encouraged with images of the art work proposed ($25) and email to THEBORDERPROJECTSPACE@GMAIL.COM.
  • Make the payment (PAY AS FRIEND) via PayPal (click on link to pay) to JHMNYC@GMAIL.COM and take a screenshot of the payment and attach it to the email, so we can match the transaction number to confirm the payment. Or Via Venmo at @JHMNYC and take a screenshot of the payment and attach it to the email submission
  • All payments and submissions are NONREFUNDABLE once submitted.  


  • All artists will be notified by January 21st, 2020. 
  • Keep in mind that we will also save your work for future solo and group shows, so you might hear back from us later on the year. 
  • We will follow up with shipping dates for future shows and coordinate the winner’s shows. 
  • Sales will be split 50/50.
  • The artist is responsible for shipping the artwork to the gallery and back if the work is not sold. 


THE BORDER is a project space that focuses on supporting, nurturing and showing talented immigrant artists and their siblings living in the United States along with a few locals. The open call is for everyone and not just immigrant artists. The Border Project Space was recently featured in Hyperallergic’s top 15 shows of 2018 plus AM New York, Vernisage TV, Medium Magazine, Hamptons Art Club, Quiet Lunch magazine plus many more.


Colombian / American artist Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from South America. He attended The Miami International University of Art and Design then moved to New York to continue his fine art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Students Art League in NYC.

He is the publisher of Arte Fuse, which is a contemporary art platform focused on art shows that are currently on display, interviews and studio visits with today’s top artists from NY and all over the world. He is also the founder and director of The Border Project Space, which was recently featured in Hyperallergic’s top 15 shows of 2018. Jamie has curated shows at Protege Gallery, The Border Project Space and has put together numerous shows in NYC. He will also be curating a few shows in 2020 at different galleries in NY. 

Jamie’s work has been featured in multiple important outlets like a half-hour personal TV interview with NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) for their show Lideres (translation leaders), Hyperallergic, Yale University radio WYBCX (radio interview), Whitehot Magazine, Good Day New York (TV interview),  Fox news (TV interview), The Observer, Whitewall Magazine, Interview Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Bedford + Bowery, and many more. Martinez has shown in Berlin, Brussels, Spain, Russia, Canada, Miami, California and numerous galleries in New York City including Petzel Gallery, Galerie Richard, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Rush Gallery and many more. He also participated in a group show curated by Vida Sabbaghi at the Queens Museum which was very well received by the museum and the press.