Next Deadline: TBA

UPDATE:
2012 Emerging Artists/Curator exhibition will be in November.  Notifications will go out by end of this July.
 

GUIDELINES FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

Smack Mellon reviews submissions from Emerging Artists wishing to have their work considered. The work will be reviewed and considered for the Emerging Artists Summer Show by Smack Mellon staff and the Emerging Curator specifically selected to curate this show.

Smack Mellon is interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourages site-specific projects. If you are applying with a site-specific project, please see the guidelines at the bottom of this page for additional materials needed to be included in your package.

This is an entirely online application process. All content must be uploaded through the Smack Mellon website, as a SINGLE .zip file.  The .zip file should be labeled: Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore.
Example: Smith_John.zip

You will not receive a confirmation e-mail from Smack Mellon after your application is submitted -- just a page saying your upload was successful. If your files upload successfully, please do not contact the Smack Mellon office to confirm receipt of application.

If your files are not uploading correctly, make sure you are using an up-to-date browser and that your internet connection is working correctly. You can also attempt to upload with a different browser or from a different computer/internet connection. Note you may need to allow extra time for large video files to upload, depending on your internet speed.  Please take these troubleshooting steps before calling the Smack Mellon office for assistance. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS.

Mis-labeled ZIP files, JPGs or other files will result in your disqualification, so please read the labeling instructions carefully! Please test all files before uploading to make sure they open correctly.

All applications must include:

Part 1: PERSONAL INFORMATION
Read through the instructions listed below. Then click the "Begin Application" button at the end of this page. You will be redirected to a form page where you will enter required information about yourself.
 

Part 2. PORTFOLIO
Updated instructions:
After submitting your personal information form, you will receive an e-mail with a password for our “AirDropper” upload page, where you can upload your required portfolio materials (see list below) as one compressed (.zip) file.  All portfolio materials must be compressed together and uploaded as a single .zip file.

Please visit these sites for information on creating .zip files:
Windows
Mac OS X

The .zip file should be labeled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name. Example: Smith_John.zip

Instructions for creating each type of file that goes into your portfolio are below:
(Please see the end of this page for a visual breakdown of the portfolio contents.) 

A. RESUME
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.  This must be submitted as a .pdf file.
The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, resume. Example: Smith_John_resume.pdf

B. ARTIST STATEMENT
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.
This must be submitted as a .pdf file.
The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, statement. Example: Smith_John_statement.pdf 

C. PORTFOLIO SCRIPT
The portfolio script must list the title, date, medium, dimensions, and may also include a brief description of each work in your uploaded portfolio (less than 50 words for each file).The numbering on your portfolio script must correspond with the numbers of your uploaded files. The portfolio script must be submitted as a .pdf file.
The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, script.  Example: Smith_John_script.pdf

D. DOCUMENTATION
You can submit a maximum of 10 still images and/or a maximum of 3 three-minute videos.

Images:
Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.jpg
Accepted File type: JPG only
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Image resolution: 72 DPI.

Video:
Each video file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, video, number.  Example: Smith_John_video01.mov
Accepted file type: .mov or .mp4 only

Standard Definition video only - please make sure your three videos combined do not exceed 200MB.

Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed. Please test your video files to make sure they play on Mac and PC.

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Site Specific Proposals (optional):
We are interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourage site-specific projects. These proposals should contain the following:

E. SITE-SPECIFIC STATEMENT with a description of the proposed work and an explanation of the idea and how it relates to the space.

The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, site. Example: Smith_John_site.pdf

F. A DRAWING of the proposed project.
The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, site. Example: Smith_John_drawing.jpg

Accepted File type: JPG only
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Image resolution: 72 DPI.

G. A MAP of the space marking where your project would ideally be placed. You can download this map from the “Our New Home” section of our website.

Image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, map.  Example: Smith_John_map.jpg

Accepted File type: JPG only
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Image resolution: 72 DPI.
Maximum size per file: 1 MB

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Sample Breakdown of Application .zip File (click to see larger version):

Sample-EA_Application-Breakdown_sm.jpg

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Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand 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 staff can assist in installation of work requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our part time staff may also assist artists and curators with installation of other complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

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