Deadline: The deadline for 2020 exhibitions will be announced shortly.

Online Info Session:  view a recording

Application fee: $10/ free for members

The Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2020. 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

  • Are of any nationality, but currently reside 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.


  • Resume / CV

  • Narrative Bio – up to 200 words

  • Artist statement – up to 500 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 1000 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.

    • 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 disqualified.