SOMArts Curatorial Residency Program is a unique opportunity for emerging artists and curators to execute their bold vision for our Main Gallery space. The support provided by the Curatorial Residency enables artists to continue their professional development, form new creative partnerships, and engage community residents through programming that serves the mission of SOMArts: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.
Artists and curators selected for the program receive project grants up to $5,000, exhibition space in the SOMArts Main Gallery, installation, technical and event production support, and community engagement and public relations support from SOMArts’ experienced staff. Three residencies are awarded each season and are designed to support emerging and mid‐career artists, as well as artists exploring new and challenging ideas. This 9-month incubator has supported a wide range of artists, curators and cultural communities ranging from Visions into Infinite Archives (Black Salt Collective, 2016), WorkMORE! #6 (Mica Sigourney, 2014) to Mourning & Scars: 20 Years After The War (Roxana Leiva, 2013).
Residency applications for the 2017–18 SOMArts Curatorial Residency season are now being accepted! Submit your proposal here. Please visit our residency FAQ and our Letter of Intent Information and Guidelines to learn more about the process.
SOMArts will host one in-person and two online Q&A sessions for anyone interested in applying for the SOMArts Curatorial Residency.
To meet staff and and learn more about the application process, please RSVP here for any of the dates below:
Tuesday, September 27, 12–1pm: Online Q&A session
Wednesday, September 28, 7–8pm: Online Q&A session
Thursday, September 29, 6:30–8:30pm: In person Q&A session
Application Key dates:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by 5pm: Letter of Intent (LOI) due
Thursday, November 3, 2016: Applicants notified of their application status
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by 5pm: Full applications due
2017–2018 SOMArts Curatorial Residency dates:
Residency 1: December 2017–January 2018
Residency 2: January 2018–February 2018
Residency 3: February 2018–March 2018
DOCUMENTATION OF PAST COMMONS CURATORIAL RESIDENCY AWARDED EXHIBITIONS
February 18–March 23, 2016 | Timeless Motion
January 14–February 10, 2016 | Visions into Infinite Archives
November 19–December 11, 2015 | A Place of Her Own
February 12–March 14, 2015 | Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture Project | Photos
Photo credit: Visions into Infinite Archives, Curated by Black Salt Collective, January 2016. Photo by Dan Fenstermacher.