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Q: Do I have be a "curator" to submit a group exhibition proposal? May I submit a proposal with other organizers?
A: Anyone from anywhere is encouraged to enter and no prior curatorial experience is necessary. The jury will read your proposal without your name attached to it. Curatorial teams are eligible and encouraged to submit. All participating organizers must be listed by name on the application.

Q: I already won an apexart Franchise Program Exhibition. Can I submit again?
A: No, you may not re-apply if you have already won, but you may apply for our Unsolicited Proposal Program open call, beginning October 2016.

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 are the basic elements you are looking for?
A: Submissions must be a proposal for an original group exhibition to be presented for the first time and include at least THREE artists for the exhibition. Proposals must be submitted in English and not exceed the 500 word limit. Please do not include any links or bio information, as all URLs and bios are removed. Often the best exhibitions are about topics you personally care about or are interested in.

Q: Can the exhibition include a series of performances or workshops?
A: Proposed exhibitions may feature performances, but we require that something be on view for a duration of four weeks for visitors to see. An exhibition may include incidental workshops, but the exhibition itself cannot be composed of workshops.

Q: Should my proposal include artist names and descriptions of their work? Do I need to confirm artists in order to submit? Do they have to be living artists or can they be deceased?
A: You should include whatever information you think is essential to emphasizing the exhibition's idea, however naming artists that jurors aren’t familiar with may not be the best use of your word limit in order to convey your idea to the jurors. An artist list does not need to be confirmed to apply, and artists names listed in winning proposals will be removed pending their confirmation or your decision to include other artists. The artists can be living or deceased.

Q: Can I propose an exhibition that will take place in more than one geographic location (more than one city)? Can the exhibition include a travel component?

A: No. Exhibitions must take place in only one city/country. However, you may use more than one venue in the same city/town to present your show, and exhibitions must be on view for at least four weeks.

Q: Can my show be online-only?
A: No.

Q: Do I need to confirm venue participation before I apply?
A: Venues do not need to be confirmed before you apply. If you feel the venue is an integral part of your proposal, you should include why the exhibition should take place there.

Q: Can I submit an exhibition with an open call? Can my proposal include a residency component?
A: No. No. A proposal's concept should be fully established/constructed when it is submitted.

Q: Can I propose an exhibition that first starts with me or other individuals staying for a period of time in the location for initial research and/or artwork making?
A: No. The Franchise is not a travel grant to make work en route, nor is it a residency program focused on new production. The Franchise budget may only be applied to exhibition expenses.

Q: Can my proposed show include sales of work?
A: No. apexart is a not-for-profit institution which does not engage in any sales-related activities.

Q: Can I submit a proposal for a solo show or an exhibition of my own work?
A: No. All proposals must be group shows of at least three people. Including yourself in an exhibition proposal is allowed but must be clearly stated. In addition, proposals will not be accepted for exhibitions where multiple people create a single artwork or "artist project." Artist projects are exhibitions that involve other artists or individuals working on the submitter's idea to create a single work or installation. If you want an opinion on a specific project to avoid problems, it must be submitted to questions@apexart.org one week prior to deadline.

Q: What is the exhibition budget and what does it cover?
A: apexart will provide up to $6,000 for travel (organizer/artists), transportation of artwork, and general expenses; up to $2,000 for venue rental; and a $2,000 honorarium for organizing the exhibition and writing an accompanying essay. apexart will assist and support the organizer to help locate outside support, however these efforts must be initiated by the curator.

Q: Can I raise additional money for the exhibition?
A: Yes, but no partnering organizations, no logos, and with no effect to content (i.e., no mandatory inclusion of artists geographically).

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

Q: Is the Franchise Program a grant for an exhibition project already underway or confirmed?
A: No. The Franchise is an opportunity for your curatorial idea to become an apexart exhibition in the location of your choice. Proposals cannot be for exhibitions that have previously occurred, are already in partnership with another organization, or have been presented at another institution.

Q: Can I submit more than one proposal? Can I submit an exhibition that has been presented elsewhere? Can I submit supplementary materials?
A: No.

Q: When is the submission deadline? How many exhibitions will be selected? When will the winning exhibitions be announced?
A: Submissions will be accepted from February 1 - 28, 2017 (11:59 PM EST-New York time). Four exhibitions will be presented around the world. The winning exhibitions will be announced approximately five weeks after the submission deadline.

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

Q: What information is available to jurors? Do the jurors see my name?
A: When your proposal is submitted to the online jury, your name and contact information are removed. This is done to create an even playing field for all submitters, regardless of your background or experience. The jurors see the exhibition title, the intended location of the Franchise exhibition, and the city/country of the submitter. After the jurying has finished, the four winning proposals are posted on the apexart website as originally submitted. Proposals that do not win are no longer available for access.

Q: Who juries the exhibition proposals? What kind of exhibition is apexart looking for?
A: An international jury of approximately 200 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 every year. apexart respects the jury process and does not interfere. No topics are off limits, no ideas too controversial. Jurors are selected from our audience, from the international arts community, and from fields outside the visual arts. Involving a wide range of people with diverse perspectives helps ensure that our programming responds to the interests of our followers.

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: When will the selected exhibitions be on view?
A: Exhibitions will be presented between September 2017 - July 2018. apexart has pre-determined the four time slots for winning Franchise Exhibitions. The first place winner has first choice of these times, second place winner has second choice, etc. We cannot guarantee time slots for proposed exhibitions.

Q: How do I find out the status of my submission?
A: You will receive an email confirmation upon submission with your User Id#. If you don't receive an automated response, please contact apexart via email ONLY. After jurying has been completed (usually five weeks after the submission deadline), you will be sent a link to see where your proposal ranks.

Q: Where can I find more information about other open call programs and additional resources?
A: You can learn about our open call programs here and you may wish to review past successful proposals.

Q: I don't think I'm ready to submit yet, can I be on the jury?
A: Yes. Tell us why you’d make a good juror at juror@apexart.org.

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