Open Call

Open Call for Solo Exhibitions

CUE Art Foundation

With Funding
New York, United States


ELIGIBILITY FOR UNDER-RECOGNIZED ARTISTS CUE's Solo Exhibition Open Call is for artists who: - Have not had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery within the last five years - Do not have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the United States - Are not currently enrolled in a degree program - Have a demonstrated, consistent studio practice outside an academic setting for three or more years - Must currently live and work in the United States GUIDELINES - The exhibition program is open to artists working in all disciplines. - Extra consideration will be given to artists who present ideas or topics that are not well-represented in the commercial sector. - CUE strongly encourages applications that contribute to our ongoing commitment to diversity.

Number of Participants

THE SELECTION PROCESS The Open Call is judged in two stages. After applications are screened for eligibility, an initial jury reviews applications online to select a shortlist of applicants to proceed to the next stage. The initial jury remains anonymous and includes representatives from CUE’s network of alumni and advisors. The finalists are decided by a separate jury comprised of four established curators and artists that will convene in New York City in late spring 2020. Each panelist then selects a finalist to work with as a Curator-Mentor throughout the planning stages of the exhibition. The final jury panelists change each year and remain confidential until finalists are announced. Recent panelists include curator, Marcela Guerrero; artist, David Humphrey; curator, Daniel J Sander; curator, Michelle Yun; artist, Ali Banisadr; art historian, Andrianna Campbell; and artist, Steffani Jemison, amongst others. All applicants will be notified of results by the end of June 2020.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 01, 2021 - December 31, 2021


  • $5,000.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $10.00 application fee




No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Exhibition, Grant, Mentors, Performances, Professional Development


Activists, Book Arts, Ceramics, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Documentary, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Land Art, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Video Art, Visual Arts


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Program Description

OPEN CALL FOR SOLO EXHIBITIONS Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:59pm (EST) The Solo Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary resources to present an exhibition at CUE in 2021. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from an established artist or curator on the selection panel, including a studio visit and installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition. In addition, exhibiting artists each receive a $5,000 honorarium and an accompanying exhibition catalogue with an essay written by a participant in CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program.

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