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Open Call for Group Exhibitions
How we Jury
Instead of relying on a small panel of individuals reading hundreds of applications, we use a crowdsourcing process to ensure that we get many different perspectives, which leads to more diverse programming. For this reason jurors are a very important part of our open call process.

200 individuals from around the world review 50 proposals during the month following the open call. Our custom script hides the submitter's name from the jurors, and ensures that each proposal receives an equal number of votes.

The order changes each time the juror logs in so that all submissions receive a similar number of votes. Proposal are usually each voted on 30 times. We tally the votes and reveal the anonymously ranked results after the jurying period ends.

Many people submit their proposal in English as a second, third, or even fourth language. We ask our jurors to respect the effort and difficulty of writing in a foreign language, and allow for grammatical and translation errors.

We also asks jurors to respect the efforts of those who have applied by keeping all proposals confidential.
How to be a Juror
Voting is all done online, on your schedule, and does not have to be done in one sitting. Jurors read 50 500-word proposals during a one month period. This takes around 90 minutes total unless you choose to jury more proposals, or English is your second language. A login is sent via email on the first day of jurying and reminders are sent as needed. If you enjoy voting, you are encouraged to read and vote on more entries, as the more you vote, the more effective the process. 

Someone cannot be both a juror and a submitter to the same open call. However, we encourage people to do both to get a better sense of what makes a good exhibition proposal.

Send an email to sign up to be a juror.

Jurors are Valued
Jurors make an important contribution to our exhibition season by selecting 75% of our programming content.

All participating jurors are offered a free apexart e-book of their choice and our eternal appreciation. We will include your name on our list of jurors unless you wish to be anonymous.

Classroom Jurying
We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for your students to participate in a real life selection process that determines which ideas prevail and which exhibitions we will present in our NYC exhibition space and locations around the world. From the classes we have worked with to date, many find that the process serves as a great point of class discussion, from the process to the content.
Learn more here

Sample Juror FAQ

Q: Are there any specific criteria you are looking for in evaluation and scoring?
A: Yes. We ask that you evaluate proposals based on your interest in the subject, the clarity of the written proposal itself, and your desire to see the idea transformed into an exhibition. If a proposal is unclear or you feel it would not likely result in an interesting show, you may evaluate the submission as a 1.

Read all Juror FAQs here

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