Arlington Arts Center: Call for Proposals: SOLOS 2022

By Editorial Team on September 23, 2021

Deadline: Thu, 07 October 2021

Image: Rebecca Rivas Rogers, The Drawing Room, Installation view from SOLOS 2020. Photo by Matt Francisco.
Deadline: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Call for Proposals: SOLOS 2022
Arlington Arts Center is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2022, to take place April 9 – June 4, 2022. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo-style exhibitions or projects to take place in one of AAC’s gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with AAC staff.

Artists are encouraged to propose new bodies of work, installations, or projects and to consider AAC’s exhibition spaces in their exhibition proposal. Exhibition proposals should include the preferred gallery for the proposed work, especially if the artist feels strongly about exhibiting in a particular gallery. Floor plans of the potential galleries can be found on AAC’s website.

Who Can Submit?
Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

Artists who have participated in the SOLOS program in the five years leading up to the opening date (i.e., in 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 SOLOS programs) are not eligible for consideration and should not apply.

Artists whose work has been exhibited at AAC in a non-SOLOS exhibition in the three years leading up to the exhibition opening date (ie, between April 9, 2019 and April 9, 2022) are also not eligible.

SOLOS 2022 Jurors:
Myrtis Bedolla
, Owner and Founding Director, Galerie Myrtis
Amber Esseiva, Associate Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA VCU)
Al Miner
, Founding Director/Chief Curator, Georgetown University Art Galleries and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Studies

Submission Deadline:
September 30, 2021
Extended Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Notification Date:  December 2021
Exhibition Dates: April 9 – June 4, 2022

Application Materials

  1. Artist’s Statement. 1 page, max.
  2. CV/Resume. 3 pages, max.
  3. Exhibition Proposal. 2 pages, max. Describe what you plan to do, how you will do it, and what you hope to accomplish with the show. Include information in your proposal about how this project or body of work is well-suited to the galleries at AAC and what AAC gallery space you think would best suit the proposal. AAC encourages proposals for exhibitions of new work or new projects conceived specifically for one of AAC’s gallery spaces.
  4. Work Samples. Submit twelve total work samples. If proposing new work, work samples can include a combination of previous work along with drawings, sketches, or preliminary documents related to the proposed project or exhibition. Work samples can be still images (submitted as .jpgs) or video or audio clips (submitted as links to video or audio clips on the artist’s website, YouTube, Vimeo, or other video-sharing platform).
  5. Work Sample Index. List of the samples submitted, including the title, year, medium, and dimensions or duration for each piece.

There is a $35 application fee.

Submit a proposal:

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About the Jurors:
Myrtis Bedolla is the owner and founding director of Galerie Myrtis, an emerging blue-chip gallery and art advisory specializing in twentieth and twenty-first-century American art with a focus on work created by African American artists. Bedolla possesses over 30 years of experience as a curator, gallerist, and art consultant.

Established in 2006, the mission of the gallery is to utilize the visual arts to raise awareness for artists who deserve recognition for their contributions in artistically portraying our cultural, social, historical, and political landscapes; and to recognize art movements that paved the way for freedom of artistic expression.

Bedolla has recently gained national press in the New York Times article “Black Gallerists Press Forward Despite a Market That Holds Them Back” in June 2020 and authored “Why My Blackness is not a Threat to your Whiteness” in Cultured Magazine in July 2020. Bedolla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, University College, received her curatorial training at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned on-line certificates in Cultural Theory for Curators and Curatorial Procedures from the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Amber J. Esseiva is the Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA VCU). A VCUarts alumna, Esseiva has been essential to the ICA’s programming since joining the institution. Esseiva curated select commissions from the ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration (2018), and curated shows featuring work by Corin Hewitt, Jonathas de Andrade, Julianne Swartz, and others. Most recently, she curated Great Force (October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020), which featured new commissions and recent work by an intergenerational group of 24 artists, exploring how art can be used to envision new forms of race and representation freed from the bounds of historic racial constructs. Her forthcoming project is a solo exhibition with LA-based artist Kandis Williams titled A Field.

Esseiva received her M.A. in 2015 from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard). At CCS Bard, she curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions featuring works by artists such as David Altmejd, Louisa Chase, Roe Ethridge, Gabriel Orozco, Jason Rhoades, Mika Rottenberg, Kenny Scharf, and Avery K. Singer. From 2015 to 2016, she worked extensively curating exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists. Highlights include Anything on a Surface has Space, a discursive event at The Judd Foundation; and a solo exhibition by artist and VCU alum Alina Tenser at A.I.R. Gallery. After her stay at CCS Bard, Esseiva was appointed director of Retrospective gallery in Hudson, NY; and curator at SEPTEMBER, in Hudson, NY.

Al Miner is the Founding Director/Chief Curator of the Georgetown University Art Galleries and Associate Professor of Art and Museum Studies. Miner oversaw the final construction and established the vision, policy and curatorial program of the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery, the University’s flagship exhibitions space, which opened in August 2018. There he has organized Jeffrey Gibson: DON’T MAKE ME OVER, Glenn Ligon: To be a Negro in this country is really never to be looked at. and Chemi Rosado-Seijo: Communities in Motion along with a series of innovative performance art events, interdisciplinary public programs and project space exhibitions. Future projects include solo exhibitions of Teresita Fernández, Mary Kelly, and Baseera Khan.

Prior to assuming his current role, Miner spent seven years as a curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, where he authored catalogues and organized award-winning exhibitions including Megacities Asia, and Ori Gersht: History Repeating. Leading up to the MFA, he spent five years in the curatorial division of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Miner has received fellowships and grants from numerous organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the American Alliance of Museums.