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apexart :: Open Call for Group Exhibitions

  Open Call Exhibitions
  Outside of NYC
  Accepting proposals
  February 1 - March 1, 2018

Submission Process
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.


Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location can apply.

No topics are off limits, no ideas are too controversial. apexart does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

» Proposals for exhibitions outside NYC are accepted February 1 - March 1, 2018 for program season 2018-19.
» Proposals for exhibitions in apexarts NYC space are accepted October 1-31, 2018 for program season 2019-20.

» For New York exhibitions, check out the apexart floorplan and 3D model.
» For exhibitions outside NYC, you must select a city you have been to before. Venue is determined subsequently based on logistical considerations.

1. Read all Frequently Asked Questions.
2. Read past successful proposals.
3. Fill out online form (preview link to come).
Selection Process
A diverse and changing jury of at least 200 people from around the world participates in a crowdsourced voting process.


Projects are judged by the strength of the exhibition idea and the organizer's ability to communicate it, not by connections, past accomplishments, or personality.

Each juror receives a dedicated login to cast votes online for at least 50 proposals. apexart's customized 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.

apexart exhibitions attempt to decentralize the selection process by making it as democratic and meritocratic as possible.

After the last vote is cast, the three highest-ranked proposals are marked to be included in the upcoming apexart exhibition season.


It takes about 5 weeks after the submission deadline to announce winners. Results for recent Open Call are here.

All applicants are sent their overall proposal ranking in an anonymous results page.

apexart has increased the budget substantially to $10,000 for each exhibition and its related programming. Each organizer works within apexart’s budget to cover expenses including curator travel, artwork shipping, artist and public program participant honorariums, equipment, and installation. After the exhibition closes and all expenses have been paid, the organizer receives a $2,000 honorarium for coordinating the project and writing the exhibition brochure essay.

apexart covers costs for approved insurance, advertising, publicity, documentation, the design, printing, and mailing of the brochure, as well as the opening reception. apexart oversees and handles most of the exhibition logistics, including loan agreements, shipping, and installation. The apexart team works closely with guest organizers to turn their ideas into apexart exhibitions.

Juror Opportunity
If you aren't ready to submit a proposal, we invite you to sign up to be a juror.

  register here to be a juror

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