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Unsolicited Exhibition Program :: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to be a "curator" to submit a proposal? Can there be more than 1 organizer listed on the proposal?
A: Anyone from anywhere is encouraged to enter and no prior curatorial experience is necessary. Curatorial teams are eligible and encouraged to submit. All participating organizers must be listed by name on the application. Proposals from collectives are welcome, but note that the “organized by” credit line will be either a list of the individuals’ names or the collective name, not both.

Q: I already won an apexart Unsolicited Exhibition Program open call. Can I submit again?
A: No, you may not submit again if you have already won, but you may apply for our Franchise Exhibition Program.

Q: I’ve submitted before but did not win. May I submit again?
A. Yes. Many of our winning proposals come from people who have submitted in previous open calls.

Q: What basic elements should be included in my proposal?
A: Make sure it is clear in your proposal that your idea is for a group exhibition, presented for the first time, and that it includes at least 3 artists. Proposals must be submitted in English and cannot exceed the 500-word limit. Please do not include any biographical statements, CVs, or links, as they will be removed.

Q: Should my proposal include artist names and descriptions of their work? Do I need to confirm artists in order to submit?
A: You should include whatever information you think is essential to communicate your idea. Consider whether naming artists is the most effective use of your word limit in order to convey your exhibition concept to the jurors, especially when the artists are regional and might not be known to the jurors. If you do include artists' names in your proposal you do not have to confirm their participation in advance.

Q: Can my show be online-only or completely off-site?
A: No, all exhibitions must have a physical element in the exhibition space. Parts of the exhibition may be in public or other spaces, however something must be on view within the walls of our New York City space for the scheduled duration of the exhibition.

Q: Can I select artists through an open call?
A: No. An open call cannot be part of the exhibition process, but you may do so on your own in preparation of submitting a proposal.

Q: Can my proposal include a residency component?
A: No.

Q: Can my proposal include sales of works or editions?
A: No. apexart is a not-for-profit institution and does not engage in any sales-related activities.

Q: Can I include myself as an artist?
A: Yes. Including yourself as 1 of the 3 (or more) artists in an exhibition is allowed, but all artists must receive equal representation.

Q: Can I submit a proposal for a solo show?
A: No.

Q: Can I submit a proposal for an “artist project”? What exactly is an “artist project”?
A: No. “Artist projects” are exhibitions that use multiple artists or individuals working on 1 person’s idea to create a single work or installation. If you are not sure if your project is an “artist project”, email the project details to unsolicited@apexart.org at least 1 week before the deadline for clarification.

Q: What is the budget and what does it cover?
A: apexart provides an exhibition budget of up to $6,000, a public programs budget of up to $300, and a curatorial honorarium of $2,000 to the organizer. If there is more than 1 organizer, the curatorial honorarium is divided equally between the organizers listed on the original proposal. The exhibition budget covers all costs up to $6,000 incurred in presenting the exhibition, including curator travel, shipping, artist honorariums, equipment, assistant fees, wire transfer fees, installation, and construction materials. An apexart show is about quality not quantity. A small focused show is best suited to our program.

Q: Is there a cost for me to submit my proposal or to exhibit an artwork at apexart?
A: No, there are no fees for the exhibition organizer(s) to apply for this open call, or for any artists to participate in the exhibition.

Q: Can I submit more than 1 proposal (for example, 1 individually and 1 as a collective but with different ideas)? Can I submit an exhibition that has been presented elsewhere before? Can I submit supplementary materials?
A: No.

Q: When is the submission deadline?
A: October 31, 2016 23:59 EST (New York time)

Q: Can I send you changes?
A: No changes may be made after submitting your proposal.

Q: What happens to my proposal after I click submit? Do the jurors see my name?
A: Before your proposal is submitted to the jury, your name and contact information is removed. apexart wants projects to be judged by the strength of their ideas and the organizer’s ability to communicate them, not by familiar names or someone's past accomplishments. After the voting has finished, the 3 highest-ranked proposals are posted on the apexart website as originally submitted, including any proposed artist names, and cannot be changed. Proposals that do not win are no longer available for access.

Q: Who juries the proposals? What kind of exhibition is the apexart jury looking for?
A: An international group of up to 150 creative individuals evaluates the proposals in a "blind" process online. Jurors do not know each other and there is no discussion between them or with apexart staff. The jury changes for each open call. apexart respects the jurying process and does not interfere. Jurors are invited randomly from our audience, from the international arts community, and from fields outside of the visual arts to help give feedback from diverse perspectives and insure that our programming responds to the interests of a wide audience. No topics are off limits, no ideas too controversial. We find that often, the best exhibitions are about topics you personally care about or are interested in.

Q: I’ve juried in the past and now I want to submit, is this allowed?
A: Yes. We encourage people to jury first and submit later. You cannot jury and submit for the same open call.

Q: Does apexart have any input into the content of the winning exhibitions?
A: No. apexart works with the organizers to ensure that the resulting exhibitions are consistent with the original proposal selected by the jury and that the works included in the show are aligned with and related to the idea behind the exhibition.

Q: How many exhibitions will be selected? When will the results be announced? When will the selected exhibitions be on view?
A: 3 exhibitions will be selected for the Unsolicited Exhibition Program. The selected exhibitions will be announced on December 7, 2016. The original proposals will be posted to the apexart website as they were submitted - no alterations will be made. All 3 exhibitions will be presented between September 2017 - July 2018. Exhibition dates are predetermined by apexart. The proposal with the highest score gets to choose from 3 available time slots; the 2nd place proposal gets a choice of the remaining 2 time slots; and the 3rd place proposal is assigned the final time slot.

Q: How do I find out the status of my submission?
A: You will receive an email confirmation containing your submission ID# upon submission. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact apexart via unsolicited@apexart.org. After jurying has been completed, you will be sent a link to see where your proposal ranked. The ranking list is anonymous by submission ID#, not organizer’s name.

Q: Where can I find more information about other apexart open calls?
A: You can learn about our Franchise Exhibition Program here.

Q: I don't think I'm ready to submit yet, can I be on the jury?
A: Yes. Send an inquiry to juror@apexart.org.

Q: Who can I contact if I still have questions?
A: unsolicited@apexart.org

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