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apexart :: Unsolicited Proposal Program


October 1 - 31, 2015
  • apexart's Unsolicited Proposal Program is an opportunity for anyone, from anywhere, to submit a proposal for an idea-based exhibition at apexart.
  • Submissions are accepted for 500-word group exhibition proposals.
  • Three winning proposals will be presented at apexart in New York City as part of our 2016-17 season.
  • Applications are welcomed and encouraged from around the world.
  • apexart assembles an international jury of 150 individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Jurors vote online and can only see the text of the proposal; curator names and any biographical information or links are removed.
  • apexart’s custom-made crowdsourcing PHP script ensures that each proposal is read the same number of times, though by different jurors and in a different order.
  • Jurors’ evaluations are compiled, determining the 3 proposals with the highest scores, which then receive a budget and administrative from support to mount their show.
  • No previous experience required.
  • Exhibitions must include the work of at least three artists.
  • apexart provides a budget of up to $5,000 for travel, shipping, artist honorariums, and installation expenses.
  • Please note that apexart is not a funding organization and exhibitions are part of apexart's regular programming.
  • Artists do not need to be confirmed before you apply.
  • $2,000 honorarium is provided to curator(s) at the end of the exhibition.
Full list of FAQs
  • apexart began the Unsolicited Proposal Program in 1998 to create an opportunity for individuals at all stages of their career to organize group exhibitions focused on strong themes.
Find out more about apexart Exhibitions
Some winning Unsolicited Proposal Program exhibitions have covered the following topics:
  • Language
  • Social Media
  • Surveillance
  • Sound
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