I've had a solo show in NYC recently, but it was in a small gallery. Am I still eligible to apply?
It depends. If your solo show was in a small non-commercial gallery, artist-run space, and/or not-for-profit space, then you are still eligible to apply. Please contact us if you are unsure.

Can I submit an application as a collaboration or artist collective?
Yes, however you must demonstrate a minimum two-year history of working as a collaborative team or artist collective. 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.

How do I demonstrate that I have maintained a consistent studio practice for three or more years outside of an academic setting?
In addition to looking at work samples, we look for activity such as exhibitions, residencies, and awards.


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 artist is seeking to build upon previous work or take the work in a new direction. Additionally, the proposal should demonstrate that the artist can plan and execute an exhibition with a clear concept, rather than presenting disparate works.

Can I propose a site-specific piece or work that has not yet been completed?
Yes. If you are proposing new work, please include samples of past or completed work that provides context for your proposal. If applicable, include renderings, plans, or concept sketches of your proposed work.


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.

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 are the ceilings in the gallery?
The ceiling in the front gallery and the main gallery is 15ft. There are pipes and beams in various places at 14ft, and the track lighting system is approx. 12ft from the floor. The ceiling height in the mezzanine area (hallway from the entry/front gallery to the main gallery) is 7ft. Visit our Vimeo channel for video documentation of the gallery, or view the floorplan here.

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.

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.


I don't understand how to fill out the Budget Worksheet, can you help?
Comprehensive instructions and a sample Budget Worksheet can be downloaded 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. 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. 

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