The DC Arts Center’s Call for Aspiring Curators

By Editorial Team on September 29, 2016

Deadline: Tue, 16 August 2022

Photo of 1460 Wallmountables. Courtesy of DCAC.
Photo courtesy of DCAC.


Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016


The DC Arts Center is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Curatorial Initiative apprenticeship, this year’s mentor curator is Rebecca Cross of Cross Mackenzie Gallery. Interested applicants should email their application and requested documents to by Monday, October 24, 2016.

After an application has been received, the résumé and writing sample reviewed, and references checked, the mentor curator will select which applicants to interview. Interviews with the mentor curator and program manager will be conducted at DCAC. The apprentice curator will be selected within a week of the final interview.

More information on this year’s Curatorial Initiative can be found on their website:

The Curatorial Initiative reflects DCAC’s commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under recognized artists. Each year an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in the process of planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced mentor curator. The program results in two exhibitions each year: in the spring the mentor curator selects artists and plans the exhibition and accompanying catalogue with the assistance of the apprentice; in the autumn, the roles are reversed and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor.

By nurturing new curators DCAC hopes to bring fresh blood into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

Applicants must have a strong desire to participate in the program and be willing to work with the mentor’s schedule. They should demonstrate good writing skills and an appreciation for visual art but need not have experience as a curator. Applications are reviewed by the mentor curator with the director; however the final selection is left to the curator. DCAC welcomes applications from established curators to participate as mentors and a small stipend for both curators is provided. The Curatorial Initiative was launched in 2005 with a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and continues through the generous support of our members and funders.