Calls for Entry

Stamp Gallery Call for Curatorial Proposals and Artistic Submissions

Photo of The Stamp Gallery for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Photo of The Stamp Gallery for East City Art by Eric Hope.

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Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

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The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is currently planning its exhibition schedule for the coming academic year, and has issued calls for curatorial proposals and artistic submissions.

CALL FOR CURATORIAL PROPOSALS
The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is currently seeking exhibition proposals from independent curators or curatorial collectives with a compelling vision who are interested in fostering dialogue with diverse audiences through the work of emerging, contemporary artists in the area. This is an open call for independent curators working in Maryland, DC, and Virginia to submit proposals for an exhibition to be held in fall 2017 or spring 2018. Proposed exhibitions may present work by a single artist or multiple artists, and should seek to present recent artwork that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Work in all media is considered, including installations, but please note that the Stamp Gallery cannot accommodate work that requires hanging heavy objects from the ceiling.

The curator(s) associated with the selected proposal will organize an exhibition in the Stamp Gallery to be on view for a six- to eight-week period between October 2017 and March 2018. The exhibition may not include work created by the curator(s). Proposals shortlisted for consideration for the 2017-18 academic year will be contacted by August 2017.

The outside curator(s) contracted by the Stamp Gallery will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the exhibition’s execution, including arrangements with artists, installation and de-installation, written materials and visual resources to be submitted to gallery staff on deadline for the timely creation of promotional materials, and creating/implementing any programs (performances, lectures, tours, etc.) to complement the exhibition. The gallery staff will advise and consult with the outside curator(s) to ensure the exhibition’s success. The gallery will create promotional materials for the exhibition and will provide a staff to aid with installation and de-installation.

What to Submit

  1. CV/Resume (3 pages, max) demonstrating the curator(s)’s capacity to execute exhibitions of the proposed scale, institutional context, and complexity.
  2. Proposal. Describe the proposed exhibition, including its potential title and public time frame (Oct-Dec 2017 OR Jan-March 2018), its curatorial concept or themes, the name(s) and websites of artists you plan to include, and a list of all required equipment. Explain how this project is well-suited to the space, audience, and mission of the Stamp Gallery.
  3. Short bios and resumes/CVs for all artists to be included in the exhibition.
  4. Digital documentation of work by the artist(s) you propose to include. Max. 5 images per artist; images should be saved as JPEG files, max 72 dpi. If new work is to be created, include images of past work that adequately represents the artist(s). Video or audio clips should be shared as a link to a streaming site (with passwords provided as necessary).
  5. (Optional) Suggested programming (artist talks, performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.) to accompany the exhibition or interpretive areas built into the exhibition layout (in-gallery reading room, communal art-making areas). (Programming and interpretation can also be determined after the acceptance of the proposal.)

Submissions should be sent by email to [email protected]
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 301-314-8492

Click here to read the call.

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS
The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is currently seeking submissions by artists who would like to propose their work—recently completed or forthcoming—for inclusion in fall 2017 or spring 2018 exhibitions. Our location within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life offers emerging and mid-career artists a singular opportunity to present work in a highly visible context to an engaged campus community. The gallery is invested in providing opportunities for developing and emerging artists and curators to present work that is innovative, that foregrounds process and/or conceptual concerns, and that challenges the community to think critically about the issues it addresses.

This is an open call for artists working individually, as collectives, and/or as one-time collaboratives to submit existing work or propose new projects for consideration by the gallery staff as we plan the 2017-18 exhibition calendar. Work in all media will be considered, including installation, performance, moving image, and audience-participatory projects, but please note that the Stamp Gallery cannot accommodate work that requires hanging heavy objects from the ceiling.

What to Submit
If you are an artist or collective who would like to recommend your work for consideration, please email the following materials to [email protected]:

  1. Artist CV/Resume(s)
  2. Up to 10 relevant images of your work (JPEG, max 72 dpi) accompanied by an image list with title, date, materials, dimensions in inches, and any relevant specifications for installation or equipment necessary for the presentation of the work. If video or audio recordings or documentation are essential to your proposed body of work, clips should be shared as a link to a streaming site (with passwords provided as necessary).
  3. Artist Statement and a 1-page (max) statement about the specific body of work or project you are proposing for Stamp Gallery consideration. This statement should explain why the work is well-suited to the space, audience, and mission of the Stamp Gallery.
  4. Please indicate explicitly whether your proposed project could require the full gallery space for an exhibition period of 6 to 8 weeks and/or whether you would like your work considered by curators as they assemble work for group exhibitions.

*Digital submission packets only. Please do not submit original art.*

Submissions should be sent by email to [email protected]
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 301-314-8492

Click here to read the call.