Deadline May 12, 2017. 11:59pm (EST) 
*The deadline has passed. Please check back early 2018 for the next open call.

Application fee: $10 / free for members

Information session: Tuesday, March 14, 2017. View a recording.

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 2018. 

The selected curator will receive valuable mentor support from one panelist including installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition, and will be awarded a $2,500 honorarium; a budget of $2,500 to divide amongst the participating artists and program speakers; and a production budget of $2,000.

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.


  • 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 five 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


  • Short synopsis of proposed project – up to 60 words
  • Detailed exhibition proposal that outlines both the background and plan for the exhibition – up to 1000 words
  • List of at least four participating artists and short bios for each
  • A completed Budget Worksheet form (see resource list) 
  • Curator’s CV
  • Work samples - IMAGES:
    • Upload at least one image per artist (up to 15 images total). Images must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, or PDFs, with filenames formatted as such: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg.  Images should be optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each.
    • A detailed work sample list formatted as follows:
      - Filename (eg. ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpg) 
      - Artist Name, Artwork Title, year, medium, dimensions. 
      - Any additional info as needed
  • Work samples - VIDEO/AUDIO:
    • If applicable, please provide URL links for video and time-based work. Vimeo is preferred for video. Soundcloud is preferred for audio. Please note: Video/audio samples exceeding 3 minutes may not be viewed in their entirety. For longer pieces we recommend creating an excerpt or providing a cue point in the notes. 
      Include the following information: 
      - URL
      - Password (if applicable)
      - Artist Name, Artwork Title, year, duration
      - Any additional info as needed.
  • 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.



The Visible Hand: Curated by David Borgonjon

January 7 - February 15, 2017
Drawing on a business history term for management—the visible hand—as a corrective to the invisible forces of the market, this show posits art as a form of managerial practice. After all, artists already live, breathe and work as single-person institutions.

The artists presented in The Visible Hand set aside the too-convenient narrative of art as an oppositional critique of corporate management, and propose art as existing within and alongside institutions rather than outside of them. The works here reflect on the entire process of artistic production, from early socialization to the arts education system to market pressures to systems of distribution, consumption and storage.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Chloë Bass, BFAMFAPhD, Maureen Connor, Devin Kenny, Jen Liu. 

Panelists for the 2016 Open Call were Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America; Michelle Grabner, artist and writer; and Leslie Hewitt, artist. 

Radical Plastic: Curated by Rachel Reese

July 16 – August 20, 2016
Radical Plastic features woman artists who employ formal aesthetic languages to address more human contexts such as the body, gender, and domesticity, as well as certain domestic constructs—in particular, the still life. Plasticity represents a state of in-between-ness, or alternate suggestion, in these seemingly minimalist artworks—works that are almost unassuming in their physicality, but are guided by individual visual languages and approaches. Each artist advocates for her radicality, and by exploring potential humanist contexts, they therefore offer new futures.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Becca Albee, Carolyn Carr, Catherine Czacki, Rachel Debuque, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Michelle Grabner, Mia Goyette, Ria Roberts, and Carolyn Salas.

Panelists for the 2015 Open Call were Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art; Renaud Proch, Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI); and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.