In Practice Open Call

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Jaeger, Crystal Z Campbell, Meredith James, Tuguldur Yondonjamts.

The In Practice program supports emerging artists and curators in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported over 180 emerging artists with the critical resources of space, funding, time, and administrative support to help turn their ideas into reality. Exemplifying the spirit of SculptureCenter's mission, In Practice provides new ways to discover the most innovative artwork, foster experimentation, and give participants the opportunity to develop and present work in what is often their first institutional exhibit in New York City, introducing audiences to emerging talent and new ideas. Past In Practice participants include: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Fia Backström, A.K. Burns, Aleksandra Domanovic, Essex Olivares, Brendan Fernandes, Raque Ford, Samara Golden, Elizabeth Jaeger, Molly Lowe, Justin Matherly, Virginia Overton, Rachel Rose, Xaviera Simmons, and Josh Smith, among many others.



Emerging curators are invited to apply to the position of SculptureCenter Curatorial Fellow. The Curatorial Fellow organizes SculptureCenter's annual In Practice exhibition, culled from an open call for artists. The Curatorial Fellow will participate in the open call review and receive guidance from SculptureCenters Curators as they develop an exhibition of commissioned works for SculptureCenter, scheduled to open in early 2019.

The Curatorial Fellow will gain hands-on experience in a museum setting and have the opportunity to collaborate with SculptureCenter's curatorial staff in the conceptualization and realization of the exhibition. Duties will include: Participating in the review process for artist submissions; conducting studio visits with all artists selected as open-call finalists; conceiving of an organizing exhibition concept; creating a proposal for review and approval by SculptureCenter curatorial staff; working with selected artists on the finalization of their projects; participating in the installation process; and writing a press release text and other didactics.

The Curatorial Fellow will work closely with SculptureCenter curatorial staff on all aspects of the proposal and organization process and will report to SculptureCenter's Curator. The Curatorial Fellow is expected to work independently in communication with SculptureCenter curatorial staff from August 2018 through the exhibition period. This is a project-based fellowship and requires periodic on-site meetings. The Curatorial Fellow must have excellent communication skills, organizational ability, and attentiveness to deadlines. The Curatorial Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000.

How To Apply
Interested curators are asked to submit a one-page cover letter indicating their interest and relevant experience, resume, three writing samples, and two professional references to:
Please use the subject heading: Curatorial Fellow Application.

SculptureCenter curatorial staff will review all application materials and invite select candidates for in-person interviews in May/June. Applicants should have at least three years of curatorial experience and must reside in New York City.



SculptureCenter's In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. We invite artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in early 2019. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $250 honorarium and up to $2,000 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit museum that takes the history and legacy of sculpture as a framework from which to consider the diverse activity taking place in the field of contemporary art. SculptureCenter's program encourages artists and audiences to explore the possibilities of sculpture and the multifarious ways in which sculpture is developing and connecting to other forms of expression.

Proposal Instructions
The In Practice program seeks proposals for new work that offers new ways of considering sculpture or further the understanding of the discipline and how it can intersect with installation, architecture, performance, and other media. Proposals should reflect new work to be realized between fall 2018 and early 2019. Artist proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria:

- Quality of the proposal and prior work
- Responsiveness in regards to the site and context of SculptureCenter
- Feasibility of the project
Proposal drawings/renderings are encouraged.

All lower-level exhibition spaces, the building exterior, the courtyard, the website, and projects outside of the confines of the building are available for In Practice proposals. Artists are encouraged to experiment with unconventional display and exhibition formats. Past In Practice projects have included objects, installations, performance, web-based works, institutional interventions, mobile apps, multiples, and publications.

Floorplans and images of spaces available for proposals are available for download here.

There are no geographic eligibility requirements, but the exhibition budget does not provide for travel or accommodation costs.

Selection Process
SculptureCenter curatorial staff and a select advisory committee of artists, curators, and critics will conduct a preliminary review of proposals. A limited number of artists will be contacted for further information and/or studio visits during the fall. Submitting artists will be notified by email by Fall 2018. The final exhibition is curated by a Curatorial Fellow who is selected via a separate open call that opens each spring and closes in May. No calls, please.