Deadline: Spring 2020 - date will be announced in early 2020.

Application fee: $10/free for members

View a recording of the 2019 Information session webinar

The Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2021. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from an established artist or curator on the selection panel, including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition. In addition, exhibiting artists each receive a $5,000 honorarium and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program.


CUE's Solo Exhibition Open Call is for artists who:

  • Have not had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery within the last five years

  • Do not have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the United States

  • Are not currently enrolled in a degree program

  • Have a demonstrated, consistent studio practice outside an academic setting for three or more years

  • Must currently live and work in the United States


  • The exhibition program is open to artists working in all disciplines.

  • Extra consideration will be given to artists who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector.

  • CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity.


  • Five-week solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation in 2021

  • Curatorial support/mentoring from an established artist or curator on the selection panel

  • Opportunities to develop related public programming

  • 32-page full color catalogue with essay produced through the Art Critic Mentoring Program and a statement by the curator

  • $5,000 unrestricted honorarium

  • An art shipping and art handling budget

  • Opening reception

  • Press materials and PR support


The Open Call is judged in two stages. After applications are screened for eligibility, an initial jury reviews applications online to select a shortlist of applicants to proceed to the next stage. The initial jury remains anonymous and includes representatives from CUE’s network of alumni and advisors.

The finalists are decided by a separate jury comprised of four established curators and artists that will convene in New York City in May 2020. Each panelist then selects a finalist to work with as a Curator-Mentor throughout the planning stages of the exhibition.

The final jury panelists change each year and remain confidential until finalists are announced. Recent panelists include artist, Kate Shepherd; Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Larry Ossei-Mensah; Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, Shannon Stratton; artist, Ali Banisadr; art historian, Andrianna Campbell; and artist, Steffani Jemison, amongst others.

All applicants will be notified of results by June 2020.


  • Resume / CV

  • Narrative Bio – up to 200 words

  • Artist statement – up to 400 words

  • Short synopsis of exhibition – up to 60 words

  • Detailed exhibition proposal that outlines both the concept and plan for the exhibition, and the relationship of the work samples to your proposal – up to 600 words

  • A completed Budget Worksheet (see Resource list below)

  • Work samples - IMAGES:

    • Upload up to 10 images. Images must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, or PDFs, with filenames formatted as: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg. Images should be optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each. We recommend images that are 72dpi and around 2000px on the longest side.

    • A detailed work sample list formatted as follows:
      - Filename (eg. ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpg)
      - Artwork title, year, medium, dimensions
      - Any additional description

  • Work samples - VIDEO/AUDIO:

    • If applicable, please provide up to 4 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)
      - Artwork title, year, duration
      - Any additional description

  • All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. Applicants will not be permitted to add to or edit an application once it has been submitted. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.