Next Deadline: TBA after June 2014

Read through the instructions below.

Click the link at the bottom of the page to begin the application process.

GUIDELINES FOR EMERGING CURATORS

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

Proposals are accepted annually from Emerging Curators for the Emerging Artists Summer Show. The Emerging Artists Summer Show will be curated by a selected Emerging Curator and will be made up of Emerging Artists. An Emerging Artist is considered to be an artist without commercial representation who has been working as an artist for less than 10 years and who may not have had previous opportunities to show at a gallery or non-profit space. An Emerging Curator is defined as an independent curator who is beginning their career as a curator. Proposal must show history of at least 3 examples of prior curatorial projects successfully presented to a public audience.

The Curator should keep in mind Smack Mellon’s mission. Exhibitions must include at least 60% women artists. Smack Mellon provides curators and artists a small stipend.  The curator is encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space in order to tailor their proposal to the space.

The Curator should realize that we expect a hands-on approach at the gallery. The Curator is expected to be in NYC to review all submissions. The Curator is expected to be at the gallery throughout the 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 will hire an installer for 2 days to help with general installation.  Smack Mellon gallery staff 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.) 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.

After being chosen, the selected Emerging Curator will review submissions from Emerging Artists with Smack Mellon staff. Curators will be expected to select some artists from these submissions for their show. Curators do not have to propose a completed show but must submit the following:

 

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
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. CURATOR'S STATEMENT ABOUT PAST EXHIBTIONS
Please give a brief description about past exhibitions including the locations and exhibited artists.
This must be submitted as a .pdf file. 
The file name must be your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, past. Example: Smith_John_past.pdf

 

C. CURATORIAL PROPOSAL FOR NEW EXHIBITION
A curatorial statement with a description and explanation of the proposed exhibition. A list of artists under consideration can also be included.
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 

 

D. DOCUMENTATION
Please submit a maximum of 20 still images and/or a maximum of 3 three-minute videos of past exhibitions.

Images: Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, art, image number  Example: Smith_John_art01.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.

 

E. WORK SAMPLES
Curators should also include images of the artists' work to be included in the exhibition. If new work will be created for the exhibition, send images of their past work.  A maximum of 20 still images can be submitted.

Images:
Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, art, image number.  Example: Smith_John_sample1.jpg

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

Video:
Each video file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, videosample, number.  Example: Smith_John_videosample01.mov
Accepted file type: .mov or .mp4 only
Standard Definition video only - please make sure your three videos combined do not exceed 200MB.

 

F. IMAGE SCRIPT
Curators must include an image script for all images.  Please have a brief description for each image (less than 50 words).
This must be submitted as a .pdf file.  
The file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, script.  Example: Smith_John_script.pdf

 

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.

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