First Annual Lab Gallery Curatorial Development Project at Brentwood Arts Exchange

By Editorial Team on January 25, 2022

Deadline: Fri, 06 May 2022

Image courtesy BAE.

March 14- May 7, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday May 28, 5-8 pm

The 1st Annual Lab Gallery Curatorial Development Project
Brentwood Arts Exchange is proud to announce this ambitious new project, welcoming independent curator Irene Clouthier to lead a group of selected curators to create several exhibitions in our Lab Gallery over the 2022-2023 season. Irene Clouthier has over 15 years of curatorial experience and has been a successful working artist for over 30 years. Her insight and attention to cultural diversity will provide young curators an opportunity to transform conceptual ideas into tangible exhibitions. This project will also help young curators to navigate the process of communicating with established artists, scheduling, and the responsibilities and working closely with a professional art center.

This call is open to all curators who are 18 years of age or older. There are no other restrictions.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership with Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. We focus on connecting audiences to diverse forms and ideas within contemporary art. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, we also present small concerts, film screenings, and classes, and operate a retail store that sells functional art by local artists.

The Lab Gallery is approximately 700 sq. ft. and can exhibit wall-hung artwork only. Like the main gallery, it has 14 ft. ceilings, LED lighting, and white walls.

All proposals must be submitted online at No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the person responsible for the proposal.
  • A curatorial statement that is no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each person involved in the exhibition.
    • Proposals may include up to three detail images for three dimensional works or stills of time-based works .15-20 images of work samples; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work.

Proposal review will be led by Brentwood Arts Exchange staff and lead curator Irene Clouthier. Exhibitions will be scheduled with a goal of presenting diverse forms of primarily 2 dimensional artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

We will begin reviewing proposals after the March 4 deadline and schedule exhibitions on an ongoing basis over the next few months. We will confirm receipt of applications, but typically do not send formal acceptance and rejection notices because we continue to review proposals in consideration for inclusion within larger group exhibitions or other opportunities. We also sometimes leave open spots in our exhibition schedule to allow us to respond to our community, and often fill those dates from proposals after the initial review and scheduling period is finished.

Brentwood Arts Exchange provides full publicity for all exhibitions, including press releases, email announcements, printed cards, online and printed listings, and corollary events.

When possible, Brentwood Arts Exchange will provide transportation for artwork only within the Washington, DC region. We do not generally pay for shipping. Exhibitions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks while they are in our custody.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Spencer Dormitzer, Director,
Phone: 301.277.2863

Brentwood Arts Exchange is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.