Monday, December 01, 2008

Gallery at Flashpoint Request for Proposals

Deadline: January 23, 2009 by 5:00 pm (RECEIVE)

Request for Proposals
Gallery at Flashpoint

Cultural Development Corporation
Washington, DC 20001

Gallery at Flashpoint
A key component of the Flashpoint arts incubator, the Gallery at Flashpoint presents cutting-edge and experimental contemporary art and provides a springboard for talented artists and curators. The Gallery seeks to inspire creativity and encourage the creation of new work by emerging and underrepresented artists and curators. In addition, the Gallery provides a place for artists and curators to experiment with progressive concepts and participate in an active, multi-disciplinary arts
community. The Gallery is a venue for exhibitions that explore new and challenging ideas, free from the traditional constraints of a commercial gallery.

CuDC is seeking inventive, original proposals in any medium.

Presenting an exhibition in the Gallery at Flashpoint is a multi-dimensional learning experience. CuDC’s staff provides guidance and assistance to exhibitors during their planning, installation and presentation phases. CuDC staff provides critical support to plan and execute the exhibition, including marketing, collaborating with CuDC on a press outreach
strategy and fundraising (identifying potential funding for the exhibition). Exhibitors also have the advantage of reaching diverse arts patrons that visit the facility.


  • Artists, independent curators and arts organizations presenting work in any medium may apply.

  • Solo exhibitors and artists who are in a group show at Flashpoint of less than 4 artists must wait 2 seasons before reapplying to the gallery.

  • Artists who participate in group shows at Flashpoint of 4 or more artists may reapply the following season
    for solo or group exhibitions.

  • Curators may reapply to the gallery after 1 season.

  • Artists may apply as curators and curators may apply as artists, as long as the above still holds true.

The Gallery Advisory Panel, comprised of prominent area arts professionals, is an integral part of the program. The members of the Advisory Panel shape each season of exhibitions and support exhibitors by serving as mentors. From the time an exhibition is selected, a Panel member works with the exhibitor to plan and implement a dynamic show, helping to refine the concept, review the press releases and market the show. Each mentor can provide resources and expertise that enhance the exhibitor’s capacity and lead the way to new opportunities.

2009-2010 Gallery Advisory Panel
Chan Chao, Artist
Brandon Fortune, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery
Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Philippa Hughes, Collector & Founder/Director, The Pink Line Project
Andrea Pollan, Director, Curator’s Office

Evaluation Criteria
The Gallery Advisory Panel will consider applications based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposed exhibition;

  • Applicant’s arts, curatorial and/or organizational experience;

  • Capacity to fully execute proposed exhibition;

  • Viability of the project and budget;

  • Suitability to the mission of the Gallery at Flashpoint; and

  • Programming objectives in conjunction with exhibition where applicable (i.e. relevant artist talks, educational forums and performances).

Application Fee
$30. The application fee is waived for current Red Circle members (see membership attachment for details).

Proposals will not be considered without the application fee.

Applicants may submit more than one exhibition proposal but each proposal should be a complete, self-contained application.

Download the RFP:

Learn more about the application process, plus programs and services.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 10:30am – 12pm

Chat online, in real-time, on Chatzy with the Gallery at Flashpoint’s Program Manager.
For more information visit:
Wednesday, January 14, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 17, 12-2pm

Need one-on-one advice?
Email to book a 30 minute slot, otherwise questions will be answered on a first come,first serve basis.
Saturday, December 20, 12-4pm

Gallery at Flashpoint
Cultural Development Corporation
916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001