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 apexart.org/franchise.php.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
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