This is both a physical OPEN CALL & supplemental Online Exhibition that will open at The Royal @ The Royal Society of American Art on December 18th. Hibernation is a state of minimal activity, metabolic depression, and a natural self defense that allows for survival during the harshness of the winter months. In the last few month we find ourselves in difficult times and it has forced us to retreat into our studios and focus on our work. This exhibition is about how slowing down has effected our work, selves, and community. Artists selected for the exhibition will be included on the RSOAA website and social media platforms.

How to Apply

to create an
Artist Profile


  1. Create an Artist Profile Before Applying for the physical OPEN CALL & supplemental Online Exhibition
    To create an Artist Profile, you must Register to The Royal List. If you already have an Artist Profile, then you can Apply for the Open Call at any time!
  2. The artworks in your Artist Profile will be used for selection
    Once you Login, go to your "My Account" page to upload up to 12 artworks, add title descriptions, and edit your profile.
  3. Artworks should be available for Exhibition
    If selected, The Royal will need info about how the artwork is to be displayed, how it is framed, prices, etc... Artists will be notified for inclusion within days of the deadline. Artworks must be able to be delivered to the gallery by December 16th.
  4. Artwork Details and Information
    Artwork information such as title, medium, and size should be included for all pieces. Images of selected artworks will be taken directly from the Artist Profile and used on the RSOAA website and social media platforms.
  5. Select the "Click Here to Apply Now!" button
    The "Click Here to Apply Now!" button will verify if you have already created an Artist Profile and allow The Royal to know the artists that are participating in the OPEN CALL and supplemental Online Exhibition.
  6. Submit Entry Fee for the OPEN CALL: $20
    You do not need to pay to have an Artist Profile on The Royal List. If you wish to participate in the Online OPEN CALL and be in the exhibition at The Royal @ RSOAA - the entry fee is $20.

Janet Rutkowski

Janet Rutkowski is a native New Yorker. Her career in sculpture with a focus on metalwork has gone full circle over the past thirty five years. Early explorations in abstraction led her to functional and site-specific sculptures for architectural projects. Currently she has returned to the abstract form with new large scale works. Throughout the years Janet has been active organizing and curating exhibitions.

“ Art is an unfounded religion with the power of transformation. Transformation of the mundane into the divine.”


Izabela Gola

Izabela Gola is a visual artist and an independent curator who works in the field of cultural diplomacy. Izabela’s art practice encompasses multimedia narrative environments exploring ideas revolving around memory and identity associated with a relationship between a figure and a landscape. Izabela works for the Polish Cultural Institute New York overseeing visual arts and design programming of exhibitions, art and design focused events in collaboration and partnership with the major NYC art institutions and art fairs, like The New Museum, Hudson Valley MOCA, The Kitchen, Frieze, Armory, and NYC Parks, among others. Izabela holds an MFA degree from Hunter College.

Jason Clay Lewis

Jason Clay Lewis is an artist and the Director of The Royal @ The Royal Society of American Art in Brooklyn, New York where his responsibilities include curating and promotion of all gallery exhibitions as well as the day to day running of the RSOAA studios. Originally coming to New York on an apprenticeship at Universal Limited Art Editions. This experience allowed him to work along side Jasper Johns as his personal studio assistant. His years of experience as an artist and art professional working in and around the New York art world has allowed him to both show and curate extensively in New York and internationally.


Health Update

These are trying times and The Royal @ RSOAA is looking for ways to stay positive and creative solutions to the difficult times ahead. Even though we now find ourselves distancing, secluded, and separated from our community, The Royal wants to be pro-active in looking for creative ways to give artists opportunities. Our sincere heartfelt thoughts go out to those who have been effected by the current health and economic changes that are now happening. Healthcare leaders are advising all of us, whether we are personally at risk or not, to limit social contact, avoid travel, overcrowding, and change our hygiene routines. These measures are both to protect ourselves and those of us who need it most. During this time, we would like to highlight our RSOAA website and social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. Please take care of yourselves and the most vulnerable among us.

The Royal List at the Royal Society of American Art (RSOAA) is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (Map).