The exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space.
Exhibitions are realized throughout the entirety of the building and the surrounding Washington Park area, fusing temporal, public space with the dedicated interior. This coupling is echoed with the public programming efforts, as we introduce the work of national artists to the local conversation.
Call For Exhibition Proposals
Arts + Public Life is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions to feature in the Arts Incubator gallery during the 2020 exhibition season.
Application open: Monday, June 24, 2019
Application due: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:59pm CST
Starting Monday, June 24, 2019, applications must be submitted online through Slideroom at https://uchicago.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/48983.
Chicago-based curators and creative thinkers are invited to propose fresh and original exhibition ideas that feature exceptional artists, designers, and thinkers. We are searching for collaborators interested in challenging contemporary curatorial practice. Proposals should seek to push beyond the traditional use of the gallery space through experimentation with ideas, technology, mediums, exhibition design, and audience engagement. Special consideration will be given to plans that address residents of the Washington Park area, and students and faculty of the University of Chicago.
Applications are open to curators, curatorial collectives, designers, and innovators of all experience levels.
Selected proposals should demonstrate bold and interesting ideas with a high level of organization and attention to detail. Recipients will work with the Arts + and Public Life curatorial team, and will receive marketing and production support along with a $4,000.00 exhibition budget. Applications will be considered for multiple exhibition opportunities in 2020..
- Apply via the UChicago Arts SlideRoom at uchicago.slideroom.com.
- Applications must be submitted through the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page by the deadline specified above.
- To submit a proposal, create a SlideRoom account, click on “2019/2020 Arts + Public Life Call for Exhibition Proposals,” and complete the application.
- Supporting materials (Curator CV plus 1-10 images of past exhibitions or projects you’ve curated, work by proposed artists, and/or plans/sketches of how you would use the Arts Incubator Gallery for the exhibition) should be uploaded along with the application in your SlideRoom submission.
- Please note that only those applications submitted through SlideRoom will be considered for the residency.
Questions? Email Nadia Sulayman, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the program
The Arts + Public Life (APL) exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator Gallery in Washington Park offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space.
As part of the exhibition program, APL collaborates with local emerging or mid-career curators who are interested in exhibitions showcasing the work of local and national artists. Preference will be given to curators who are exploring themes and topics relevant to South Side communities.
Curators are expected to collaborate with the APL curatorial team and are provided with institutional guidance and resources, and support for related public programming and marketing.