NEXT DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

Application will open on November 19, 2014. 


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:


The application process will require:

1. Documentation of past exhibtions
(Up to 20 still images and/or a maximum of 3 three-minute videos of past exhibitions.)

2. Resume 

3. Curator's Statement about past exhibitions

4. Curatorial Proposal for new exhibition
(A list of artists under consideration can also be included.)

5. 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. )



(You are not required to finish your application in one session.)