Q: Why the “SOMArts Curatorial Residency” program?
Q: What can I gain through the SOMArts Curatorial Residency?
Q: Who is eligible to apply for the SOMArts Curatorial Residency?
501c3 non-profit and fiscally sponsored organizations with operating budgets greater than $100,000 are not eligible to apply. Projects may not be part of the primary programming of an established 501c3 organization with an operating budget greater than $100,000.
Individuals who are currently students and/or will be students before June 30, 2018 are not eligible to apply.
Proposals will not be considered for one-person exhibitions, or exhibitions that are largely dependent on a general call to artists, or are inappropriately scaled for large size of the Main Gallery.
The lead applicant will be the primary contact for SOMArts. Applicants that have received a SOMArts Curatorial Residency within the previous two years are not eligible to apply again as lead applicants. Past recipients may participate as collaborators for a different project.
Q: How do I apply?
Q: When is the deadline for the application?
Q: How are proposals evaluated and selected?
- Artistic quality of the work to be shown including evidence of creativity, innovation and/or technical skill;
- Clarity, power and nuance of the curatorial concept;
- Capacity of the curator or team to carry out the proposed exhibition;
- Viability of the project and budget;
- Dynamic engagement with one of more of the Bay Area’s cultural communities
- Vibrancy of proposed public presentations: ability to connect artists and audiences through multiple dimensions of participation and/or education.
Q: My proposal includes a performance/readings/live music. Is it a good fit for the SOMArts Curatorial Residency?
In a word, yes! Past curatorial residencies have included all of the above. However, keep in mind that the project must be suitable to a gallery exhibition. When the public walks into the gallery during regular hours the works on display should be engaging and reflect your curatorial vision. Most successful applicants include strong work samples of visual art in their applications, in addition to engaging ideas for public programming.
The resources for each residency allow for three public events: an opening reception, typically with an engaging activity for attendees, and up to two public programs in the Main Gallery space. Past programs have included workshops, screenings, readings, performances in the gallery, sharing of works-in-progress, and other cultural learning activities. If you have questions about whether your project is suitable please attend one of the information sessions.