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 Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary time and resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2018. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from one established curator on the selection panel including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition, in addition to a $5,000 honorarium, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program.

CUE solo exhibition opportunities are for artists who:

  • Have not had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery in five years
  • Do not have current, consistent commercial 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
  • Can be of any nationality, but must currently reside in the United States


  • The exhibition program is open to artists working in any discipline
  • 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 background and plan for the exhibition, and the relationship of the support materials to your proposal – up to 1000 words
  • A completed Budget Worksheet form (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 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) 
      - Artwork Title, year, medium, dimensions. 
      - Any additional info as needed
  • 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 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.