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The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
exhibition call

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is excited to announce the second in a series of open calls, giving curators, academics, and art historians a platform to stage an exhibition at The 8th Floor, our gallery and event space, at 17 West 17th St. near Union Square, New York City.

We are searching for emerging or established researchers and cultural presenters to work with us to realize their pre-existing, and as-yet unrealized exhibition concept. Proposals with an experimental and/or pedagogical approach are sought for thematic group, or solo presentations. Applicants should be engaged in research which addresses themes relating to the Foundation’s mission of art and social justice, championing equity, education, access, and underrepresented narratives and practices.

The selected curator will be given an honorarium of 3000 USD for their work on the exhibition and 2000 USD for their essay in the accompanying catalog. In addition to an exhibition budget, they will be guided and supported in their administrative, planning, and promotional endeavors by the curatorial team at the Rubin Foundation. This commission is open to those who fulfill the criteria for this application and there is no fee to apply. The chosen curator will engage in all associated programming, in tandem with the resulting exhibition.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, sex, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected status. Please note that solo applicants need to have a visa to work in the US, be permanent residents, or US citizens, and if applying as a pair or team the individual submitting the application must have a visa to work in the US, be a permanent resident, or US citizen.

The application portal will be live until the deadline of December 15, 2022 at Results will be announced on March 1, 2023.

Eligibility and criteria:
–Open to academics, art historians, curators, graduate students, PhD candidates, and those involved in post-doctoral research.
–Not open to undergraduate students.
–All applicants must either have a visa to work in the US, be permanent residents, or US Citizens.
–Have an accomplished thesis (curatorial concept) and plan for their research-driven exhibition, or have extensive existing research to back up their proposal.
–Audience-focused educational possibilities should be inherent in the concept of the exhibition.
–The ability to address contemporary issues of sociocultural or sociopolitical change, and imaginatively examine global narratives and histories.
–If you applied in the last cycle you cannot apply with the same proposal, it has to be a new concept with new artists.
–Traveling exhibitions which have already begun cannot be submitted.
–If your project has already received funding or support please detail this support within your application, including the amount, who is providing it, and how it is intended to be used within their criteria.

If you have any questions, please email us at

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation stages exhibitions and programs at The 8th Floor, all of which are free and open to all.


deadline: December 15, 2022
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