DCAC Curatorial Initiative 2022: Call for Apprentice Curator

By Editorial Team on December 14, 2021

Deadline: Mon, 31 January 2022

Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

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About the Program

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 at the DC Arts Center, located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In the spring, the mentor curator selects artists and plans an exhibition and accompanying catalog with the assistance of the apprentice; in the winter, 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 perspectives into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

Program Timeline

February 2022: Selection of Apprentice Curator
Spring 2022: Mentor-led Exhibition
Winter 2022: Apprentice Curator Exhibition

Mentor Curator for 2022: Claudia Rousseau, Ph.D.

About the Mentor Curator

Claudia Rousseau is an art historian, independent curator and art critic. Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Rousseau completed a B.A. in Art History at Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. Arriving in Maryland in 2001, she taught art history at the Maryland College of Art and Design and later joined the art faculty at Montgomery College where currently she is Professor Emerita. An internationally published scholar of Renaissance and Modern art, she is Editor-at-Large of East City Art and frequent contributor to that online art magazine covering art exhibits in Washington DC and surrounding areas. Dr. Rousseau has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions in the DC region, and she continues to serve on the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee of the AHCMC, as well as the Art Review Panel of the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission for Public Art. Since 2010, she has been a juried member of the prestigious International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her writing on art.


Applicants must have a strong desire to participate in the program and be willing to work with the mentor’s schedule. They should demonstrate strong writing skills and an appreciation for the visual arts. No prior curatorial experience is required. The second round of the application process will involve in-person interviews with select applicants conducted by the mentor curator and the program manager of DCAC; however, the final selection is left to the mentor curator.

Please fill out the form and upload the following materials:

  1.  A current CV or résumé (as a .pdf or .doc file).
  2. A writing sample (as a .pdf or .doc file). There are no specific requirements for the writing sample, but you might consider submitting a piece of academic writing, a curatorial or artistic statement, a past grant proposal, an exhibition review, or other type of writing that demonstrates your interest and ability in writing about contemporary art.
    Note: The form asks for a statement of interest in DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative and curating in Washington, DC, as well as two (2) references with names, phone numbers, and email addresses.

QUESTIONS? Email info@dcartscenter.org