Bed Gallery

Bed Gallery is located in the OBX Art Truck, also known as “Pearl Ann”. The truck is a 1991 Ford f150 pick-up that hosts exhibitions of emerging artists and performers in her bed as she traverses the rural and coastal communities of North Carolina. She is a temporal experiment aimed at providing an intersection between conceptual artists from the Southeastern United States and communities historically underexposed to contemporary practices in the arts. She will host a series of five “scuds” by five artists or artist teams, March - July 2019.

Scud: the colloquial term for cruising the beaches and roads of the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Proposals are currently being accepted by artists residing in the Southeastern United States. See below for information.

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Bed Gallery calls all emerging artists to apply for the 2019 exhibition series “Scud: One”.


Works must fit within the 8-foot bed of “Pearl Ann”, make no permanent alterations to the vehicle itself, and be able to endure a variety of elements including high winds and heavy rains. Works should be able to sustain the duration of an “exhibition” (scud), about a 5 hour drive with speeds up to 55 mph. Artists will be asked to participate in an interview with the curator, Nora Hartlaub, while scudding the work, and are encouraged to be available for conversations with the public for one event. MFA candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected artists are invited to a three-night stay in our home, including one big home cooked meal, for installation / deinstallation of the work. We are located 15 minutes from Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, NC, with easy access to beautiful beaches, hiking in Nags Head Woods, and Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Please note that we share our home with two sweet dogs and a kooky cat.


Please send applications to by December 1st, 2018. Notifications will be sent by January 15th. Please indicate preferred month of exhibition in your proposal. March, April, May, June, or July.

Please include in your email:

  1. CV

  2. 5-10 images of recent work titled “lastname_first name01”… “lastname_first name02”, etc. For example: “Hartlaub_Nora01”, “Hartlaub_Nora02”, etc.

  3. An image list

  4. A brief proposal of your idea.

  5. A little bit about you.