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Open Call for Group Exhibitions FAQs

Q: Do I have to be a "curator" to submit a proposal? Can there be more than one 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: 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 three 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. Separately from the proposal, you will be asked to submit the names of three artists you might include in the exhibition, which demonstrates to us that you have given consideration to whose works might effectively address the themes in your proposal. This list of three potential artists will not be shown to the jury, and is not included in the 500-word limit.

Q: Does apexart have venues outside of NYC? How do I decide on a venue?
A: No. apexart will work with you to identify a suitable venue in the city you identify and necessary staffing for the dates, including installation and de-installation periods. The venue cannot be a commercial art space. apexart will match up to $1,000 for venue rental costs. Choose a venue that is related to your exhibition's theme – we have had exhibitions in a laundromat, an abandoned prison, and a beauty salon, to name a few.

Q: For exhibitions outside NYC (the February Open Call), can I submit a proposal for a location where I have not visited before?
A: No. A first-hand knowledge of your location is essential.

Q. I am not a native English speaker. Does the jury judge my grammar and spelling?
A. We remind the jurors throughout the voting process that many people submit their proposals in English as a second, third, or even fourth language. The jurors respect your effort and the difficulty of writing in a foreign language and do not vote on your grammar or spelling.

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 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. The artists can be living or deceased.

Q: I’m submitting a proposal for apexart’s NYC space. How big is this gallery and what are its dimensions?
A: Please refer to our gallery floor plan here.

Q: Can my show be online-only?
A: No. All exhibitions must have a substantial amount of the exhibition--at least three distinct works by three separate artists--on display during open hours and for the duration of the exhibition, either in apexart’s venue for exhibitions in NYC, or in the temporary venue for exhibitions outside of NYC.

Q: Can I solicit artists through an open call if my proposal is selected?
A: No.

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 one of the three (or more) artists in an exhibition is allowed, but all artists must receive equal representation and it cannot be an artist project (see below).

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 one 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 opencalls@apexart.org at least one week before the deadline for clarification.

Q: What is the budget and what does it cover?
apexart has a $10,000 budget for each exhibition and its related programming. The intention is to produce a small focused exhibition with community relevance. Each organizer must work within apexart's budget to cover expenses including curator travel, artwork shipping, artist and public program participant honorariums, assistant fees, equipment, construction materials, photo/media documentation (smartphone images ok) for exhibitions outside NYC, wire transfer fees, and installation with $8,000 of the budget. 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. Please note, if more than one organizer is listed on the original proposal, the organizer honorarium is divided equally between everyone listed. For international exhibitions apexart will match up to $1,000 for a location rental if necessary.

Q: Can I do a crowdfunding/Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds? Can I apply for any outside funding?
A. No. An apexart exhibition 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 application fees for the exhibition organizer(s) to apply for our open calls, or for any artists to participate in the exhibition.

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

Q: When is the submission deadline?
A: February 1 - March 1, 2019 23:59 PST (Pacific time) for exhibitions outside of NYC
Submissions accepted February 1-March 1, 2019
A: October 1 - 31, 2019 23:59 PST (Pacific time) for NYC exhibitions
Submissions accepted October 1-31, 2019

Q: Can I make changes to my proposal after submitting?
A: No changes may be made after submitting your proposal.

Q: What happens to my proposal after I click submit?
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 three highest-ranked proposals are posted on the apexart website as originally submitted, including any proposed artist names, and cannot be changed.

Q: Who juries the proposals? What kind of exhibition is the apexart jury looking for?
A: An international group of around 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 for each open call. apexart respects the jurying process and does not interfere in the results. 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. The best exhibitions are about topics you personally care about and are interested in.

Q: I’ve juried in the past and now I want to submit, is this allowed?
A: Yes, and that is great news! Please note, you cannot jury and submit for the same open call.

Q: I don't think I'm ready to submit yet, can I be on the jury?
A: Absolutely. Send us an email at juror@apexart.org. Jurying takes place in November and March each year.

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: Three exhibitions will be selected for the Open Call NYC and three exhibitions will be selected for the Open Call outside of NYC. The selected exhibitions are announced in early December and early April each year. The original proposals will be posted to the apexart website as they were submitted so subsequent submitters will be able to use them as examples - no alterations can be made. Exhibition dates are predetermined by apexart and the proposal with the highest score gets to choose from three available time slots; the second place proposal gets a choice of the remaining two time slots; and the third place proposal is assigned the final time slot.

Q: How long are the selected exhibitions on view?
A: The exhibitions in NYC run approximately 6 weeks. The exhibitions outside of NYC are on view for at least a 4 week period.

Q: How do I find out the status of my submission?
A: When you submit your proposal, you will be provided the ID# of your submission on our website. You should then receive an automated email confirmation containing your submission ID#. Please make note of the ID# or email so that you can refer to it later when checking your ranking. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact apexart via opencalls@apexart.org. After voting is completed, you will be sent a link that lists all proposals by rank and exhibition title.

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 multiple times.

Q: I won an apexart open call for an Exhibition outside of NYC. Can I submit now for a NYC exhibition? Or the other way around?
A: Yes. Yes. You can be the organizer of an apexart NYC exhibition and the organizer of an apexart outside of NYC exhibition. Once you have done both, then you cannot apply again. We have not had any organizer do “the double” yet, so use that as motivation.

Q: Who can I contact if I still have questions?
A: NO CALLS PLEASE. Send questions to opencalls@apexart.org. We will respond within 24 hours Monday-Saturday.

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