Application fee: $10/free for members
Information session webinar: Friday, March 1, 2019, 7pm (view a recording from last year)
Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized
artists the necessary resources to present an exhibition at CUE in
2020. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from an
established artist or curator on the selection panel, including a
studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the
exhibition. In addition, exhibiting artists each receive a $5,000
honorarium and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay
written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program.
ELIGIBILITY FOR UNDER-RECOGNIZED ARTISTS
CUE's Solo Exhibition Open Call is for artists who:
Have not had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery within the last five years
Do not have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the United States
Are not currently enrolled in a degree program
Have a demonstrated, consistent studio practice outside an academic setting for three or more years
Must currently live and work in the United States
The exhibition program is open to artists working in all disciplines.
Extra consideration will be given to artists who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector.
CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity.
WHAT FINALISTS RECEIVE
Five-week solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation in 2020
Curatorial support/mentoring from an established artist or curator on the selection panel
Opportunities to develop related public programming
32-page full color catalogue with essay produced through the Art Critic Mentoring Program and a statement by the curator
$5,000 unrestricted honorarium
An art shipping and art handling budget
Press materials and PR support
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Open Call is judged in two stages. After applications are screened for
eligibility, an initial jury reviews applications online to select a
shortlist of applicants to proceed to the next stage. The initial jury
remains anonymous and includes representatives from CUE’s network of
alumni and advisors.
The finalists are
decided by a separate jury comprised of four established curators and
artists that will convene in New York City in May 2019. Each panelist
then selects a finalist to work with as a Curator-Mentor throughout the
planning stages of the exhibition.
jury panelists change each year and remain confidential until finalists
are announced. Recent panelists include artist, Kate Shepherd; Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Larry Ossei-Mensah; Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, Shannon Stratton; artist, Ali Banisadr; art historian, Andrianna Campbell; and artist, Steffani Jemison, amongst others.
All applicants will be notified of results by June 2019.
Resume / CV
Narrative Bio – up to 200 words
Artist statement – up to 400 words
Short synopsis of exhibition – up to 60 words
exhibition proposal that outlines both the concept and plan for the
exhibition, and the relationship of the work samples to your proposal –
up to 600 words
A completed Budget Worksheet (see Resource list below)
Work samples - IMAGES:
up to 10 images. Images must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, or PDFs, with
filenames formatted as: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg. Images should be
optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each.
A detailed work sample list formatted as follows:
- Filename (eg. ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpg)
- Artwork title, year, medium, dimensions
- Any additional description
Work samples - VIDEO/AUDIO:
applicable, please provide up to 4 URL links for video and time-based
work. Vimeo is preferred for video. Soundcloud is preferred for audio.
Please note: Video/audio samples exceeding 3 minutes may not be viewed
in their entirety. For longer pieces we recommend creating an excerpt
or providing a cue point in the notes.
Include the following information:
- Password (if applicable)
- Artwork title, year, duration
- Any additional description
applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such.
Applicants will not be permitted to add to or edit an application once
it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be