GUIDELINES FOR CURATORS

 

Smack Mellon welcomes proposals for exhibitions from curators.

Proposals for curated group shows should include:

1. A curatorial statement with a description of the exhibition and an explanation of the idea.

2. Images of the artists' work to be included in the exhibition. If new work will be created for the exhibition send images of past work.

3. A resume of the curator. 

4. Resumes of the artists.

5. Include a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of your materials. Do not send packages larger than 12" x 18". All packages should be sent by US Mail. Drop offs are welcome but pick ups are not so please include a SASE. Material sent without a SASE will not be returned.

Smack Mellon's mission is to support under-recognized mid or late career, emerging and women artists. When developing a proposal be mindful of the mission. Exhibitions must include at least 60% women artists. We are interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourage site-specific projects. Smack Mellon provides curators and artists with a small stipend and sends out show cards and press releases to its mailing list. The curator is encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space in order to tailor their proposal to it.

The Curator should realize that we expect a hands-on approach at the gallery. The Curator is expected to be in NYC to make arrangements with the artists prior to the installation week. The Curator is expected to be at the gallery throughout the full week of installation and the Curator and artists involved in the exhibition are responsible for the execution and installation of the artwork. The Curator should clarify to all artists when invited to participate that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon can assist in installation of work requiring a lift or special mounting. Our gallery staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their work on site. Our technical staff will install all of the equipment (projectors, monitors etc.) involved in helping the artist to build their work on site. Our technical staff will install all of the equipment (projectors, monitors etc.) belonging to Smack Mellon. It will be the artist's responsibility to install and maintain any equipment that belongs to the artist.

Specifics about the installation of artwork and about the equipment that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration. Unless you are applying to the Emerging Curator Emerging Artists Summer Show, the deadline is rolling.