Deadline Extended through July 15, 11:59pm (EST) - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
*original deadline was June 30
Application fee: $10 / free for members

The Curatorial Project Open Call provides one deserving curator or curatorial team the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning. CUE provides institutional guidance and resources to the curator, who produces a group exhibition in CUE's space with related public programming and an accompanying exhibition catalogue in 2016. 

The selected curator will receive valuable mentor support from one panelist including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition, and will be awarded a $2,500 unrestricted stipend and travel allowance; a budget of $2,500 to divide amongst the participating artists and program speakers; and a production budget.

Proposals are evaluated on merit of project, singularity of concept, and adherence to the application guidelines. All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not, under any circumstances, be permitted to add or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.

For questions regarding application requirements, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and check out our list of tips for crafting a strong proposal. For additional information, please contact Shona Masarin-Hurst, Programs Manager:


  • Proposals must be conceptually rigorous and focus on artists, projects, and themes that are innovative, challenging, and engaging
  • Extra consideration will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate a unique and creative approach to both curatorial research methods and the exhibition plan, as well as those that present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector
  • The proposal must include four or more artists, half of whom must qualify as under-recognized (no gallery representation and no solo exhibitions in a major venue within the past ten years)
  • Curators may not include their own work in the exhibition
  • The curator and proposed artists can be of any nationality, but must currently reside in the United States
  • Extra consideration will be given to those in the beginning stages of their curatorial careers
  • CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity


  • Exhibition proposal that outlines both the background and plan for the exhibition – up to 1000 words
  • List of at least four participating artists
  • A completed Budget Worksheet form (download)
  • Curator's CV
  • Detailed work sample list
  • Work samples: 
    • At least one image per artist. Images must be submitted as JPEGs, with filenames formatted as such: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg.  Images should be optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each.
    • Or up to one minute of video/audio per artist for video and time-based work. Video samples may be .mov or .mp4 with filenames formatted as above. All video/audio excerpts must not exceed 1 minute each and be accompanied by a link to the full piece online (vimeo is preferred), to be included in the work sample list.

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chukwumaa, Thee Urban(e)

chukwumaa, Thee Urban(e)

Country, Home: Curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell

On view at CUE Art Foundation, September 5 — October 10, 2015

Country, Home is an exhibition of multiple narratives by differing immigrant and first-generation American artists, exploring the particular tensions and challenges of these culturally and socially under-recognized groups. Most importantly, the exhibition is about social issues and art.  

 Country, Home is an elusive phrase, a question about the strength of the words themselves – does country constitute home? If not home, then country? The work presented falls somewhere in between. It addresses the preconceptions and assumptions of locationism and nationalism – the parts where the American dream falls flat for most “others” – where the presumed achievement of being in America contrasts with expectations. 

The exhibition does not aim to produce a survey-view of multiculturalism. Instead, the exhibition gathers different voices in a seemingly non-directionally heavy-handed way, much like the experience of the American “melting pot” of mixed immigrant cultures. No one immigrant/immigrant-born artist experience is exactly alike, and this exhibition embraces that reality and translates it into visual narrative form. Seemingly unrelated artists and forms are juxtaposed to reveal narratives of outsider isolation, economic position, documentary and identity, and navigation.