NEXT DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 3pm EST


Application Open: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Smack Mellon Emerging Artist Exhibition: June 18-July 31, 2016

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 show’s curator Erin Donnelly, Smack Mellon’s Programs Manager.

The theme for this year is the 2016 election. The summer of 2016 when the exhibition will be held will be marked by the Democratic National Convention July 25–28 in Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention July 18-21 in Cleveland where the two dominant political parties in our country will announce their bids for the presidency in the race up to the election on November 8. 

The event of the 2016 electoral process is a jumping off point for the exhibition to critically examine current national politics from personal, social, and cultural perspectives. Artists are encouraged to investigate the issues that define political platforms such as the economy, distribution of income, foreign affairs policy, race relations, healthcare, immigration and how government functions, among other topics. Collectively, the works in the exhibition will offer various viewpoints on democracy and the political process in America. 

Submissions of work in all media will be considered. Proposals for new projects are especially sought after, as the issues will be debated in the coming months. 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, there will be an area in the online submission form for additional materials. When proposing a new work, please visit the gallery to understand the parameters of the space. Proposals for events are also welcome.

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 scissor lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our 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.

Current students are ineligible to apply. This is entirely an online application process.


IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS. (If you have any technical problems after 3pm on December 2, we will not be able to assist you and any application that is late due to technical difficulties will not be accepted.)

The application process will require:

1. 10 images or 3 videos: SEE BELOW (Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed. You can submit an application only once per cycle.)

2. Image or Video Script (Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of each image (or series of images) or video.) This information will be read when your work is viewed.

3. Resume (One file - Word .doc, .docx, .rtf or PDF. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address in this document along with exhibition and educational background.)

4. Artist Statement (In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.)


You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.

Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.

Color mode: RGB; File types: .jpg or .tiff

Maximum size in any direction: 1000px

Enter title, medium, production date for each entry

Image Script: Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of each image or series of images. (This information will be read when your work is viewed.)

We will not accept CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS.

To apply with Images, go here.


You may submit up to three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of three (3) minutes long.  Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. 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. 

If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.  

Enter title, production date and running time for each entry.

Video Script: Enter up to 60 words of description about the content of your video. (This information will be read when your work is viewed.)

We will not accept CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS. Most video codecs will be played back on Submittable's platform - please test your videos for playback before finalizing your submission.  

To apply with Video, go here.

Event Proposal Guidelines
Examples of proposed events include performances, workshops, readings, and/or discussions. Events will be scheduled primarily between the hours of 12noon and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday during the run of the exhibition. If you have a date preference, please indicate in the description. Proposals for events that are fundraisers for political parties are not permitted.

To apply for an event, go here.


This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, many individuals and Smack Mellon’s Members. 

Smack Mellon’s programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support from The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., The O’Grady Foundation, and Exploring The Arts. 

Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.