SculptureCenter – IN PRACTICE OPEN CALL

IN PRACTICE PROJECT SERIES: OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS
DEADLINE: June 17, 2013

The In Practice program supports emerging and under-represented artists in creating new work for presentation at SculptureCenter. We are currently inviting artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented during the 2014 season. Artists selected for the In Practice program will receive a $250 honoraria and up to $1500 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

During 2013-2014, SculptureCenter will be undergoing extensive building renovations. We are taking this opportunity to encourage artists to propose projects outside of the confines of traditional exhibition formats. Please note, the lower level galleries will be unavailable during this time. The main space and Gallery B on the upper level may be considered for short-term, temporary presentations of performance, audio, film and video works. Publication projects, proposals for the website, public works, the building exterior, and interventions into other parts of the city are also welcome for this year’s In Practice open call. Artists are encouraged to experiment with unconventional display and exhibition formats.

SculptureCenter seeks proposals that offer new ways of considering sculpture or furthering the understanding of the discipline and how it can intersect with other mediums. Proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria:

– Quality of the proposal and prior work
– Responsiveness to the site and the specific context of SculptureCenter
– Feasibility of the project

SculptureCenter staff and advisors will conduct a preliminary review of proposals. A limited number of artists will be contacted for further information and/or studio visits during the fall. Submitting artists will be notified by email by September 30, 2013. No calls please.

To be considered, please go to the SculptureCenter website and fill out the application by 11:59pm on June 17, 2013. Please note that we are not accepting submissions by mail, drop off, or email. We strongly recommend that you review the below list of required information in advance, complete a separate document offline, and copy your finalized responses into the online fields.

IMPORTANT: Your application must be submitted through our website by 11:59pm on June 17, 2013. We strongly recommend that the application be completed online several days in advance of the deadline, as we anticipate high volume on our server on the night of June 17th.

Questions? Please read the FAQ below! If you feel you have a question that is not addressed, email us at inpractice @ sculpture-center.org

View the Open Call as a PDF here.

Submission Guidelines (continue below)

The online form will ask for the following information:

Contact information

CV

Artist statement

Project proposal
In your proposal, please describe how the images you are submitting relate to the proposed project (i.e. related prior work, work in progress, etc.)

Project proposed budget
This may be preliminary but must be realistic. Artists selected for the In Practice program will receive a $250 honoraria and up to $1500 in production support. The level of production support depends on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

Work samples
Work samples may be of the work proposed and/or of prior work that relates to the proposal. You may include up to 15 total images and 5 video or audio links.

Images: Uploaded JPEGS MUST be named as follows: Lastname_Firstname_Number.jpg (example: Duchamp_Marcel_01.jpg). Images should be no larger than 800 pixels x 800 pixels, at 72 dpi. Images that are formatted incorrectly may not be reviewed.

Video/Audio: Video or audio work samples must be online so that you can provide a link to view it.

Work sample captions
Each image and/or link to a video/audio work should provide title, date, media, dimensions, and any relevant descriptive information for each submitted sample.

FAQ for In Practice

Can I hand deliver, mail, or email my application?
No. All applications must be submitted using our online submission system. We are unable to accept email or paper submissions.

Does the online application have to be completed in one sitting?
Yes. You cannot save your work to return to at a later time. It is recommended you complete your answers in another document before you begin the application, and copy them into the provided fields.

Do I need to put the image caption in the actual jpeg?
There is a field for each image caption that corresponds to the image uploaded.

When I review my submission, should I be able to see the images I submitted?
No – the system will show just the names of the files and the captions.

What is the character count limit for the artist statement field of the online application form?
The artist statement field is limited to 1,250 characters.

What is the character count limit for the project proposal field of the online application form?
The project proposal field is limited to 3,000 characters.

Do the character counts include spaces and line breaks?
Yes – all characters including spaces and returns count.

What are the specifications for submitting JPEG files? How will they be viewed?
JPEGS must be named as follows: Lastname_Firstname_Number.jpg (example: Duchamp_Marcel_01.jpg). Images should be no larger than 800 pixels x 800 pixels, at 72 dpi. Images that are formatted incorrectly may not be reviewed. Images will be viewed both on a computer monitor and also projected through a video projector.

Can I submit a combination of past work and proposal images for my work samples?
Yes, whatever combination you like, up to 15 total images.

What spaces are available for proposals?
The lower level galleries — where most In Practice projects have taken place in the past — will be closed for renovation in 2014. So this year’s RFP focuses on non-traditional exhibition formats. Performances, video screenings and other event based work will be presented on the ground floor in the main gallery or the smaller white box. SC’s website, building exterior, and projects outside the confines of the building will all be considered and are encouraged.

May I submit a proposal for the SculptureCenter restrooms?
The restrooms are open for proposals.

May I submit more than one proposal?
The panel will review one proposal from each artist or artist team.

May I specify alternate locations for my proposed project?
Yes.

Is the open call limited to New York-based artists only?
Artists from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply, although the budget does not provide for travel, housing, or accommodation costs.

Can I apply as part of a collaboration or artist team?
Yes. Please designate one mailing and one email address.

What are the dates of the In Practice exhibitions?
Projects will be presented throughout 2014.

How long will I have to install?
Although the exact dates have not yet been determined, it is likely you will have between 1-5 days to install and/or rehearse, subject to discussion with the staff and depending on the organization’s schedule and the needs of selected projects.

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