Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Art Center in Newton: Call for Proposals

Deadline: April 21, 2008 (RECEIVE)

Curatorial Opportunity Program
New Art Center
Newton, MA
2008-2009 exhibition season


Proposals can involve works in a single medium, embrace several mediums, or combine visual arts with poetry, music, film, dance, or other performance. They can be organized around aesthetics or technique; or have social, cultural, historical, intellectual, or political concepts behind them. Proposals that focus on cultural diversity or include artists of diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Proposals that include one or more educational components are strongly encouraged. Curators who are artists themselves may include their work in the exhibition, but it should not be the central focus. Please look at the recent exhibitions from the past few years.

Gallery Space

The Gallery is the main hall of a former church, with 25-foot vaulted ceilings, substantial natural light, and 10' x 6' movable modular wall panels. The space is approximately 2,000 square feet, with an average width of 39 feet and length of 50+ feet. A maximum of 320 linear feet of wall can be set up. A visit to the gallery prior to application is advised and encouraged.


For each exhibition, the Center provides a curator's stipend of $1000 to be applied to exhibition related expenses at the curator's discretion. The stipend is awarded after the opening reception. Curators and artists are welcome and encouraged to consult with the Art Center to seek outside funding to enhance their exhibition presentation or invitation, or to provide display advertising.

The Center receives a 35% commission on all sales.

NAC is an educational institution, and proposals are expected to include educational components connected with the exhibition. These can be panel discussions, gallery talks, ongoing interactive presentations, activities geared toward engaging the Center's daily student population, or related presentations and/or performances in other medium (dance, film, etc.)

In addition to working with the Exhibition Director on the exhibition design and installation, curators are also responsible for communications with the artists. This includes assuring timely delivery of press materials, adherence to agreed-upon artwork delivery and pickup times, etc. The curator and artists are expected to work with the Exhibitions Director to assure all necessary tasks are accomplished ( i.e. installation and removal of work; assistance with gallery sitting and public programs).


All artists are eligible regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disabilities. While artists and curators from the greater Boston area are encouraged to participate, there are no geographic restrictions. Please keep in mind that NAC does not pay for travel expenses.

Review of Applications

Applications are reviewed by a panel/committee of professional artists, educators, museum personnel/staff, and NAC staff. The panel reviews the application and support materials for the quality of work, educational potential, and clarity. NAC staff may contact applicant's professional references and/or request to meet with finalists as part of the selection process. The review process may also include a phone interview or studio visit to view actual work.

Download Guidelines & Application
Download Image List Form
Recent History of COP Exhibitions
Download Main Gallery Layout PDF

Ceci Mendez, Director of Exhibitions & Community Partnerships
New Art Center in Newton
61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 964-3424