About the CRS Gallery

CRS exhibits visual art in its second floor lobby in order to spark thoughtful conversations, inspire our patrons, and provide emerging and established artists with opportunities to share their work. Since opening in 2004, CRS has exhibited paintings, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, and, on occasion, diminutive sculpture.

Most work we select for exhibition addresses themes of miracles & spirituality, nature, women’s/human rights, parenting, or the creative process. Occasionally, we exhibit work for purely aesthetic reasons.

Exhibited artists and our patrons seem to get the most out of shows here if the artists are in some way active members of our community, and for that reason we do select most of the artists we exhibit from within our community.

We have worked with artists who have never exhibited anywhere before as well as with artists who have gallery representation and have been collected by museums. Prominent exhibitions have included works from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and by painters Lex Braes (Felix Ringel Galerie, Düesseldorf, Germany) and Eric Holzman (NEA & Guggenheim grantee), photographers Satomi Shirai (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography permanent collection) and Annie Ling (The National Museum of Iceland permanent collection), and mixed-media artists Chris de Boschnek (C24 Gallery, NYC) and Keiko Nelson (Epcot Center, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco), among many others.

Pictured: installation in the CRS lobby by Clouds AO and live calligraphy by Setsuhi Shiraishi.

Christopher Pelham — CRS Director
Etsuko Sakamoto — CRS Assistant Director
Rie Nishimura — CRS Gallery Director

How to Apply to Be Exhibited

If you are interested in having your work exhibited at CRS, please start by emailing us a link to your portfolio, or jpgs of several images, as well as your bio, resume, and artist statement. Please make sure to make clear what kind of work you want to show in this exhibition and why. If we are interested, we will get in touch to discuss the possible show in more detail.

Artist Statements

There are many online guides to writing artist statements. We consider the essentials of the artist statement to be:

  1. An explanation of the materials and media – What tools do you use? Why these and not others? Be as specific as you can.
  2. An explanation of the subject matter and concepts explored – What are you communicating? Again, be specific – What sets your work apart from other work?
  3. How these two aspects reinforce or contradict one another – What does your work DO?
  4. A short and specific personal narrative – no longer than 2 sentences
  5. Historical context – explaining one or two influences on the work and placing it into an art historical continuum
  6. NOTHING ELSE – save your feelings for your diary

Avoid vague or general statements that could be true for many other artists as well. Avoid personal details unless they relate specifically to your art or development as an artists.

Here are a couple of good web resources: http://www.artbusiness.com/artstate.html



Our lobby is small, wall space limited, and our ceiling height in the lobby is only 7’9″ so art work cannot be more than about 30 – 36 inches tall). Smaller art works are most practical.

CRS does not attempt to sell art work on exhibit; however, exhibited artists are free to sell directly to patrons. CRS does not normally ask for any portion of proceeds from sales; however, for some shows organized by curators, a sales commission may be arranged by the curator.

CRS offers participating artists the opportunity to rent the CRS 2nd FL to hold a two-hour opening reception, usually on a Saturday somewhere between 4 – 8 pm, depending on availability. The artist is responsible for providing any beverages or snacks he/she wishes to serve at the opening reception.

Artists are responsible for hanging their show by themselves and must provide before the opening a catalog/price list, bio, and artist statement for display during the exhibition.

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) accepts no responsibility for any damages that may befall any art works on display and will not purchase or reimburse the artist for any damage. The artist is wholely responsible for installing the art works securetly and accepts all risk. It is important to understand that the CRS lobby is sometimes extremely full of people. They may be wearing coats and backpacks. They may brush up against a work on the wall. We do our best to watch out for the work but accidents can happen.

Most exhibitions at CRS last approximately one to two months. At the end of the exhibition, the artist is responsible for taking down and removing the art works. The artist is also required to spackle and paint any places on the walls that were discolored or damaged.

Past Exhibitions