From February 1–29, NYC’s apexart will accept submissions for its Franchise Program, welcoming proposals from anyone, anywhere.

No prior curatorial experience necessary; the program creates opportunities for individuals at all career stages to organize group exhibitions focused on strong ideas.

  • Submissions of up to 500 words are entered online. No images, links, resumes, or supporting materials accepted; no confirmed artists necessary.
    WHY: apexart projects are judged by the strength of their ideas alone, not by familiar names or past accomplishments.
  • Submissions are anonymized and randomized for an international jury of over 150 individuals from various professional backgrounds.
    WHY: Rather than a small, elite panel reviewing hundreds of proposals, we crowd-source a large, diverse jury to ensure compelling programming for a wide audience with diverse interests.
  • Votes are juried and tallied by a custom computer program, which identifies the four proposals with the highest ratings. apexart does not affect these results.
    WHY: apexart prioritizes the use of democratic and meritocratic processes to determine its programming.
  • Winning proposals receive financial and administrative support to mount an exhibition, secure a location, and write an accompanying essay.
    WHY: Because curators and artists deserve the opportunity to effectively present their ideas and be professionally supported.

Submit proposals February 1–29, 2016 at

Visit for answers to frequently asked questions and to view examples of past winning proposals

Please contact with any further questions.

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