Guest Curator Program

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Alabama Contemporary is seeking guest curators and artists with thematic group exhibition concepts to add to our exhibition schedule and community. This Call for Proposals (CFP) is open to any artist(s) or curator with a contemporary art exhibition that may fit our mission, schedule and space. There are a limited number of exhibition spots each year and limited space. Our aim is to feature projects that show a fresh take on themes that are pertinent to our region.

Responsibilities

Our goal is to inject new voices into the cultural landscape of the Gulf Coast. Each year we set priorities specific to our various programs so always check the website first. In addition to any program-specific priorities we are always looking for a fresh take on themes that are pertinent to our region.

Requirements

For 2021-2022 we are looking for proposals that address:

Marginalized Voices | Community Building | Political or Social Equity | Environmental Health | Gender Identity | Intersectionality | Southern Identity

How to Apply

FIRST STEP:

Submit a Letter of Inquiry

a Letter of Inquiry should outline the basic concept of your exhibition in one page (doc or pdf). Make sure your letter includes:

A short description of the curatorial aim (150-300 words)

Information on the artists or the scope of the project (number and region of artists, include links to websites if possible)

An estimated budget (broken out into honorariums, shipping, travel etc.)

Contact information

Feel free to include images so long as the document does not exceed one page. If your Letter of Inquiry matches our program vision and seems feasible we will send you a link to complete a Full Proposal. It may be useful to review the CFP_Guidelines before submitting your Letter of Inquiry. Letters of Inquiry are reviewed as they are received (allow for a four week turnaround) and selection is made on a project to project basis. If you have any problems submitting please contact: Allison Skoda, Curator of programs at 251.208.5657 or allison@alabamacontemporary.org.

SELECTION PROCESS

Letters of Inquiry are reviewed by staff only. If your Letter of Inquiry matches our program vision and seems feasible we will send you a link to complete a Full Proposal. Proposals are reviewed by committee as they are received and selection is made on a project-to-project basis. The review committee is composed of Alabama Contemporary staff, local artists, and an exhibition committee member from our board. We engage committee members and artists relevant to the proposal up for review to avoid allowing a static committee to select all proposals. For more information on the process as a whole or Assessment Criteria read the CFP_Guidelines. We usually allow at least two years of lead time for planning new exhibitions and typically run for 3 months, if accepted.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

If you would like more information about this process, please consider attending an information session where we will answer questions.

*** Due to COVID-19, all in person Information Sessions are currently postponed. We will either re-format or resume them in the summer, in the meantime feel free to contact elizabet@alabamacontemporary.org with questions. ****

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Posted on July 16