Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:59pm
Please review the full Application Guidelines on our website before submitting your application. The guidelines can be reviewed here
Artists will be notified the status of their application by July 2017. Please do not call. If you have any questions, contact NURTUREart at email@example.com.
About NURTUREart’s Exhibition Program
We present a full season of
exhibitions annually through a juried and free open call. We support both
individual artists for unique solo shows as well as emerging curators in
preparation of a group exhibition. Our gallery space is a platform to connect
audiences, including local public school students, to artists’
exhibitions and their creative ideas. Selected artists receive support to
prepare for their exhibition, including promotion of their show. A modest
artist fee and materials fee, depending on funding, is provided to exhibiting
NURTUREart operates a nonprofit
gallery in Bushwick, open Thursdays–Sundays, 12–6pm. We recommend that you
visit the gallery in preparation of your proposal or look at some of our
exhibitions online through our flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/nurtureart/).
artists are eligible to apply. We define emerging contextually: artists are
emerging, or under-represented, who have great potential but have yet to be
significantly recognized. Recognition includes exhibitions, critical reviews,
fellowships, awards, publications, etc.
who have a current practice making work in an ongoing dialogue in the
contemporary arts are eligible to apply.
who have shown at NURTUREart in a group show must wait two (2) years to apply
as a solo artist or collaborative group.
who have exhibited a solo show (in the gallery, off-site, or at art fairs) are
not eligible to apply.
While we accept submissions that
include an array of ideas and practices, we try best to align with proposals
that fit our mission. Though your proposal does not need to satisfy all of the
following, we are committed to:
the work of emerging and under-represented artists particularly in the Greater New York City area.
that push artistic practice in new and interesting directions.
styles, and approaches that are not well represented in commercial spaces or
otherwise difficult to exhibit elsewhere.
that consider the nuances and limited space of NURTUREart’s gallery. Thoughtful,
uncluttered, and adaptable installations—especially that offer “breathing
space” to each artwork—tend to work better in our gallery. Exceptions are made
when the artistic vision requires otherwise.
2017–2018 Exhibition Schedule
NURTUREart will mount open call exhibitions over
the following dates:
8–October 1, 2017
13–November 5, 2017
17–December 17, 2017
2–February 25, 2018
9–April 1, 2018
- April 13–May
Online Application Form
In the Online Application Form, we
will ask for:
- Contact Information
- Artist Bio (limit 200 words): Provide
a brief bio highlighting career accomplishments including relevant education,
awards, residencies, exhibitions, publications, etc. If you are applying as a
collaborative, the bio should demonstrate a history of collaboration where it
- Artist Resume(s) (PDF or Word): If you are applying as a collaborative, include one single document
containing resumes of all of the artists and a history of collaboration where
- Proposed Exhibition Title
- Exhibition Proposal (limit 600 words): Provide a statement describing the concept of your proposed exhibition.
- Exhibition Dates Availability
- Work Sample: Follow guidelines below.
- Work Sample Description (optional, limit 100 words): Provide any contextual or technical
information related to your work sample.
- Notes to the Jury (optional, limit 50 words): Provide any brief notes you’d like to
present to the jury that was not captured in the application.
Work Sample Guidelines
The Work Sample is a critical
element of your application, and it should show the best of your work. Ideally,
your work sample should represent the work of your proposed exhibition.
Otherwise, your work sample should represent works that are comparable to the
work that will be featured in the exhibition.
All submitted work samples should be
documentation of your work. You should not submit PowerPoints, trailers, or any
other promotional materials of your work. The work sample should be representative of the work
You can submit up to ten (10) images
and up to three (3) video/audio files. Video/audio work samples should be for
work that is time-based and/or in video format.
Before uploading files to the Online
Application Form, you must save them on your computer in the following format: LastName-FirstName-#.jpg. For
collaboratives, use the primary contact Last Name and First Name.
up to ten (10) images.
must be saved as jpegs, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72 dpi.
image filename must be saved as LastName-FirstName-#.jpg.
the selection process, images will be projected and viewed one at a time.
should include: Title, Year, Medium, Dimensions.
slides, catalogs, original artwork, and other materials will not be accepted.
Provide weblink addresses to video
or audio clips hosted by a third party (i.e. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). Be sure
that weblinks are active for at least four months after the deadline. Provide
passwords for password-protected videos. Each clip will be reviewed up to three
(3) minutes by the jury.
up to three (3) video/audio clips.
the cue time if your video is over three (3) minutes long (i.e. start at 0:00 or 1:30).
times for each clip should begin a segment that best represents your work.
the selection process, videos will be projected.
passwords to password-protected videos if applicable.
should include: Title, Year, Original Format, Original Running Time.
While there are many elements that
contribute to a successful exhibition, the components that are critical in the
proposal evaluation process include:
Artwork: Artwork should be strong and compelling. The work should be cohesive
and demonstrate a feasibility to realize the proposal.
Proposal: Proposals should be clear and specific. Avoid using jargon. You may
want to being your proposal with (1) a general description of the exhibition
concept and (2) relevant parts of your own artist statement. Your proposal statement,
generally, should include why this exhibition is important to present as well
as why you might be excited by the opportunity. Finally, you can include a
brief description of the work samples and how they relate to the exhibition.
the guidelines and demonstrate that your proposal is feasible to mount.
Proposals that are incomplete, late, or do not follow the guidelines will not
please note that a strong work sample is as important as a strong proposal
statement. The strongest applications demonstrate a consistency in the concept and
artistic vision both written in the proposal and shown through the work sample.