Frequently Asked Questions about ExhibitsUSA. Don’t see your question here? Email us at MoreArt@maaa.org.

What is ExhibitsUSA (EUSA)?

ExhibitsUSA (EUSA) is the national museum service division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization in partnership with the state art agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, and the National Endowment for the Arts. By offering a wide range of high-quality, affordable exhibitions, as well as providing tools to make these exhibitions participatory, educational, and engaging experiences, EUSA assists museums in broadening and deepening their impact within communities.

Where does EUSA get its funding?

ExhibitsUSA is a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, which is generously funded by: The Brown Foundation, Inc., Cooper Foundation, Cross Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, J. Robert and Karen Duncan, Francis Family Foundation, Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Houston Endowment, Inc., Inasmuch Foundation, Nancy Lee and Jonathan Kemper, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Judith and Frank Sabatini, William T. Kemper Foundation, and Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mid-America Arts Alliance works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Where do EUSA exhibitions originate?

EUSA exhibitions come from a variety of sources including museums, galleries, and private collectors. Some of the exhibitions have been curated by the lending institution, some have guest curators, and some are curated by EUSA staff.

My organization is interested in knowing more about an exhibition. What do we do next?

E-mail or call Client Relations at MoreArt@maaa.org or 1-800-473-3872 x208 to request more information. For your no-obligation call, you will receive a packet with an exhibition information sheet, slides, security information, checklist, and other additional details about the exhibition.

How do I schedule an exhibition?

Exhibitions are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to availability and the capability of your institution to host the exhibition. Your institution’s facility report must be reviewed and approved by EUSA staff and your institution must meet the minimum security requirements for each exhibition. Please contact us for information on resources that can help your organization meet higher levels of security requirements. A 25% deposit, due with the signed contract, is required for exhibitions with a rental fee of $3,000 or more. All remaining exhibition rental fees are due in full on the day the exhibition opens.

Why are there two different rental fees?

EUSA has two levels of rental fees: Out-of-Region Fees and In-Region Fees. Every aspect of the development of ExhibitsUSA’s exhibitions is about partnership—including funding. The Rental Fee refers to the base rental fee paid by most exhibitors. The Regional Fee is the amount paid by member states of Mid-America Arts Alliance, as well as communities sponsored by foundations, state arts and humanities agencies, and corporations. The state arts agencies in these states provide the financial foundation for EUSA. Rental Fees and Regional Fees pay for about 40% of the cost of producing an exhibition. EUSA raises the remaining 60% from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. This support is provided by the generous funders listed above.

What additional costs can I expect besides the rental fee?

In addition to the exhibition rental fee, you are also responsible for the cost of shipping the exhibition to the next venue. Other costs may include building furniture for a specific exhibition or acquiring specific materials required for an installation. You will always be made aware of these additional costs at the time you schedule the exhibition.

What other materials will I receive with the exhibition?

Every exhibition comes crated and ready to install; we provide a complete exhibition package. We provide an exhibition tool kit that includes resources for making the most of your exhibition. To help you promote the exhibition in your community, you will receive a Pree Kit, containing a press release, PSA, digital images, and logo slicks. Each organization also receives a Registrar’s Packet containing the checklist, the checklist receipt, and clear instructions for installing the exhibition. Our exhibition crates are custom designed for both easy handling and maximum protection of the objects inside. A Programming Guide is also provided to hosting venues and includes speakers information, lesson plans, and a Family Gallery Guide.

How does EUSA select exhibitions?

Mid-America Arts Alliance does not accept unsolicited proposals for its traveling exhibition programs. However, we’re always interested to hear about new ideas. If you have a suggestion for a potential exhibition, please visit this page.

How long does an exhibition tour?

Each exhibition tours approximately two to five years, depending on the sensitivity of the objects and interest in the exhibition from potential venues.