Open Call

The Creative Time Emerging Artist Open Call

Creative Time

With Funding
Free / No Costs
New York, United States


We welcome proposals from emerging artists, regardless of age, at a critical career juncture in which the opportunity to experiment and receive resources from a major arts organization would be impactful. Proposals can be submitted by single artists or artist collectives that meet the below criteria: – Artists must have experience conceiving and executing works or projects but have not yet received substantial support from a major arts institution. – Artists must be over 21, and based in the New York City area. – Artists cannot be currently enrolled in a degree program. We encourage anyone who considers themselves an emerging artist to apply.

Number of Participants

Interested artists are required to register for a free Submittable account and submit a proposal via the application portal. Artists will be asked to submit a resume, bio, selected works, and answer a series of questions detailing their proposal and interest in creating a public artwork with Creative Time. In their initial proposal, artists do not need to specify a site for their proposed project. The portal closes on March 15, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST. We welcome proposals from existing collectives with a history of making work together. While collectives must apply under a single account, we ask that they provide biographical information for each member.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 23, 2020 - March 16, 2020


  • $50,000.00 material budget (one-time)


Conference Rooms, Co-Working, Desk Space, Fabrication Lab


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Exhibition


Activists, Administrators, Animation, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Arts Administrator, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Ceramics, Collective, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Design, Documentary, Dreamers, Fiber Arts, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Research, Scholar, Scientists, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Video Art, Visual Arts


Belarusian, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portugese , Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Zhuang

Program Description

The Creative Time Emerging Artist Open Call is back! Following the resounding success of the inaugural iteration -- which culminated in Risa Puno’s The Privilege of Escape in summer 2019 -- New York’s leading public art nonprofit is once again inviting emerging artists to submit proposals for a socially engaged public artwork. The call is open to New York City-based, practicing artists at a pivotal juncture in their career, who have not yet received substantial support from a major cultural institution. Creative Time is most interested in ideas that take unconventional exhibition formats, speak to a pressing social issue, and engender public dialogue or debate. The project should be timely, and hold the potential to spark critical public exchange. Proposals will be accepted between January 21 and March 15, and the selected project will be presented in New York City in 2021. More Information Here:

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