When will the selected exhibition be on view?
The exhibition is 5-6 weeks long, scheduled in 2020.

How many exhibitions are selected each year?
Panelists select 2-3 Solo Exhibitions and 1 Curatorial Project each year.

What does “under-recognized” mean?
CUE considers artists to be under-recognized when they have not had a solo exhibition in a major venue (commercial gallery or museum) in a metropolitan area within the last five years. Exceptions include solo exhibitions at small venues in cities other than New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions at university or college galleries are permitted. If you have questions about the eligibility of a specific artist, please contact Lilly Hern-Fondation:

Can I submit an application as a collaboration or curatorial team?
Yes. The application should be completed under one name. In the body of the proposal, please state the nature of the collaboration, and include CVs for all collaborators.

I’m an artist. Can I still apply?
Yes. Artists are eligible to apply but may not include their own work in the exhibition.

What are the guidelines for related public programming?
Public programming can be any public event related to the exhibition. This includes but is not limited to: panel discussions, artist/curator talks, screenings, performances, and readings. The program must take place during the exhibition. You must include artist fees for participating artists, guest speakers, etc. in your budget.

Can I propose the inclusion of an art work that has not yet been completed?
Yes. If you are proposing new work, please include samples of past or completed work by that provides context for the artist's proposed work. If applicable, include renderings, plans, or concept sketches of the proposed work.

Do the artists I propose need to be committed when I submit the application, and/or participate in the final exhibition?
We encourage curators to submit their best and most realistic list of artists for the exhibition. We understand and expect that the plan for the show will evolve over the course of a year, and that the list of artists may change.

What is the purpose of the exhibition proposal?
The proposal should be taken as a starting point. We expect that the exhibition proposal is likely to change as you develop an approach in dialogue with your Curator-Mentor. The strongest proposals are those that are flexible and have room for growth—as such, an exhibition that has been shown elsewhere will not be considered as strong an exhibition as one in which the curator is seeking to build upon previous work.

Are there any limitations on what can be presented in the gallery?
While CUE supports experimental and non-conventional work, there are limitations to CUE’s logistical and physical capacity. Here are a few things that would unduly impact daily operations or go beyond the scope of our resources:

  • Projects that involve animals, bugs, insects, or potentially harmful materials (fumes, gases, particles, spores).

  • Exhibitions requiring complicated upkeep. For example, setting and resetting multiple elements in the gallery hourly.

  • Excessively loud sound installations.

  • Projects with an extensive installation/deinstallation timeline. Exhibitions are allotted an average of 3-4 days installation time, and 2 days for deinstall.

  • Altering the existing architecture in a major way. For example, removing large portions of drywall.

  • Nailing or drilling into the floorboards.

  • Please contact us if you are unsure your project is feasible.


Will the entire gallery be available as part of the exhibition?
Yes, this includes the front gallery, hallway, and main gallery.

Can I see photos or video of the gallery?
You can view the gallery in this video and in these photos.

How high is the gallery ceiling?
The ceiling in all gallery spaces is 15ft. There are pipes and beams in various places at 14ft, and the track lighting system is approx. 12ft from the floor. See the gallery floor plan for more detail.

Can I hang work from the ceiling?
Suspension of items from the ceiling is subject to approval from staff. CUE has a 14 foot ladder for limited access to the ceiling; however, it cannot reach corners and is not comfortable for extensive ceiling work. Rental of scaffolding is recommended for extensive ceiling work. It is the artist or renter’s responsibility to organize and supply scaffolding if needed. Items must be safely secured directly into the concrete ceiling. Attaching or suspending items from ceiling pipes or the lighting grid is prohibited.

Can I paint the gallery a different color?
Yes. Please include the costs of labor and paint in your budget. This must include painting the gallery a specific color during install, as well as painting the gallery white at the close of the show.

Here is an estimate for painting the main gallery only:

  • $1,000 in labor ($500 for install + $500 for deinstall).

  • 20 gallons of paint (10 gallons for install + 10 gallons for deinstall).

  • Add an additional 40% if you wish to paint the front gallery and hallway.


I don't understand how to fill out the Budget Worksheet, can you help?
You can find comprehensive instructions and a sample completed Budget Worksheet here. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Can I submit my application by mail or email?
No. Applications will only be reviewed if they have been submitted through the online system.

I made a mistake with my application, but I already submitted it. Can I edit the proposal?
Sorry, no. All applications are final. Please carefully review your proposal before submitting and note that incomplete or duplicate applications will be disqualified.

The online system isn't working (or is slow, or is buggy, etc).
If it's the day before the application is due, please know that there is a high volume of submissions which slows down the server. We strongly recommend submitting your application well in advance of the deadline. If technical difficulties persist, please contact Submittable's customer support: (855) 467-8264. 

Have a question that isn't answered here? Email Due to the high volume of requests, we ask that you send your initial inquiry via email.