apexart's Open Calls present an opportunity for artists, curators, and other professionals to turn their idea into an apexart Exhibition. Open Call periods happen twice annually: in October, we invite proposals for our NYC space, and in February, we invite proposals for anywhere in the world, except for NYC. Winning proposals become part of apexart’s Exhibition Season and receive production funding and significant production support. This is not a grant, but rather an opportunity to curate/organize an apexart exhibition.
500-word proposals should describe a focused, idea-driven, and original group exhibition. Submissions also require a list of three potential artists, though this list will not be shown to the jury, and is not included in the 500-word limit.
Creative people who have interesting exhibition ideas. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location can apply.
The opportunity to organize an apexart exhibition. No topics off limits, no ideas too controversial as long as they are not illegal and are selected by our international jury.
» Proposals for exhibitions in NYC are accepted October 1 - 31, 2019 for apexart’s 2020-21 program season.
» Proposals for exhibitions outside NYC are accepted February 1 - March 1, 2020 for apexart’s 2020-21 program season.
For exhibitions proposed outside NYC, you must select a location where you have spent some time so you have a sense of the location logistics and potential challenges of organizing an exhibition there. The exhibition venue need not be known/declared at the time of submission.
A diverse and changing international jury of more than 300 people in 70 countries participate in a crowdsourced voting process.
Every juror receives a dedicated login to cast votes online for at least 50 proposals. apexart's voting system ensures that jurors do not see the names of the submitters, and that every proposal receives an equal number of views by the jurors. Each year several university classes also participate in the jury. For more information about our classroom jury program, click here.
Projects are judged by the strength of the exhibition idea and the organizer's ability to communicate it, not by social connections, past accomplishments, or personality.
apexart Open Calls invite expanded participation in the proposal and evaluation of exhibition ideas, resulting in a decentralized democratic selection process and exhibitions that people want to see.
After the last vote is cast, the highest-ranked proposals receive funding and production support to become apexart exhibitions, are included in the upcoming apexart exhibition season in NYC and around the world.
Jurors have one month to vote after the submission deadline. We announce the winners shortly thereafter--in early December for the NYC Open Call, and in early April for the International Open Call. Results for our most recent Open Call are here.
apexart has increased the budget substantially to $10,000 for each Open Call exhibition and related programming. Each curator/organizer must work within apexart’s budget to cover expenses including curator travel, artwork shipping, artist and public program participant honorariums, equipment, installation, and venue fees with $8,000 of the budget. Of the $10,000, the curator/organizer receives up to a $2,000 honorarium for coordinating the project and writing the exhibition brochure essay. For exhibitions outside NYC, apexart will match up to $1,000 for a location rental if necessary.
apexart covers costs for approved insurance, advertising, publicity, documentation (NYC exhibitions only), the design, printing, and mailing of the exhibition brochure, and the local opening reception. apexart oversees and handles most of the exhibition logistics, including loan agreements and shipping. The apexart team works closely with guest curators/organizers to turn their ideas into apexart exhibitions.