Photo by Melissa Blackall | Left: Nadine Boughton, (installation view). Right: Brenna Leaver, M0, 2019.Photo by Melissa Blackall | From "Feminist Futurist", Mills Gallery, 2020.

1:1

New Curatorial Initiative in the Mills Gallery.

ROLLING APPLICATION PROCESS, BEGINNING APRIL 12, 2021

Submit your curatorial proposal for a one-person exhibition now!

BCA is now accepting exhibition proposals for a new curatorial initiative 1:1 a series of one person exhibitions to be presented in the Mills Gallery starting summer 2021.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.  

APPLICATION FORM HERE

 

Please read the following before applying.

About the series:

Each 1:1 exhibition will be a collaborative project between one curator and one artist, and will either introduce a new artist or highlight a new aspect of a more experienced artist.  

Each exhibition will be on view for five weeks.

BCA will provide a stipend for both the curator and the artist, as well as exhibition expenses as detailed below.  The curator will be expected to provide an original text about the artist, and to present one public program (virtual or IRL) during the run of the show.  

Dates for first few 1:1 exhibitions:

Sept 17-Oct 24, 2021

Nov 12-Dec 19, 2021

Jan 14-Feb 20, 2022

 

DETAILS:

Proposals are now being accepted for a new Mills Gallery curatorial initiative, a series of solo artist exhibitions called 1:1

Boston Center for the Arts is accepting proposals for a series of solo artist exhibitions to be presented in the Mills Gallery, a 1800 square foot space located next to 551 Tremont Street on BCA’s South End campus.

Each exhibition in the new series will be a collaborative project between one curator and one artist, and will either introduce a new artist or highlight a new aspect of a more experienced artist.  

Each exhibition will be on view for five weeks.

BCA will provide a stipend for both the curator and the artist, as well as exhibition expenses as detailed below.  The curator will be expected to provide an original text about the artist, and to present one public program (virtual or IRL) during the run of the show.  

Scheduled exhibition dates for first few 1:1 exhibitions:

Sept 17-Oct 24, 2021

Nov 12-Dec 19, 2021

Jan 14-Feb 20, 2022

BENEFITS

BCA provides:

  • $1,000 stipend for the organizing curator
  • $1,000 stipend for the exhibiting artist
  • $2,000 maximum for expenses related to presenting the exhibition, including art transportation, framing, and gallery buildout
  • BCA staff support in installing exhibition during week before opening, during agreed upon hours
  • Promotion and marketing of exhibition on web and social media
  • Design and printing of exhibition wall vinyl and object labels
  • Design and printing of exhibition handout material
  • Photo documentation of exhibition 
  • Gallery sitters during exhibition’s public hours
  • One public reception (virtual or IRL as safety protocols allow)
  • One public program (virtual or IRL as safety protocols allow) 

Curator agrees:

  • The proposed exhibition will be a collaborative project between curator and one artist, and will either introduce a new artist or highlight a new aspect of a more experienced artist.  
  • Exhibition proposals will be evaluated based on the strength of their demonstration of the following five elements:
    • Experimentation. Does the proposed exhibition display innovation, openness to new ideas, perspectives and techniques?
    • Responsiveness.  Is the proposed exhibition relevant, topical, in dialogue with issues of contemporary interest?
    • Balance.  Do the curator and artist think holistically about the relationships between art and life?
    • Community engagement.  Does the exhibition proposal provide opportunities for significant give and take exchange among colleagues and audiences? And
    • Potential impact. How do the curator and the artist articulate the impact of this exhibition on their artistic practices?
  • 8 weeks prior to opening, curator will:
    • Provide BCA with selection of images (3-6),  curator and artist bios and draft 250-500 word exhibition overview for use promoting exhibition
    • Provide BCA with a draft checklist and floorplan of your use of space/ installation for BCA review and approval
    • Provide BCA with selection of proposed dates and themes for exhibition-related public programming
  • Follow BCA’s Covid-19 Guidelines including mask requirements, contact tracing, sanitization, social distancing, etc.
  • Promote the exhibition in partnership with BCA marketing department; any promotion of the exhibition or related events and programming must be reviewed and approved by BCA before being made public online or through print media.

Statement of Artistic Ethos and proposal review criteria:

Our goal is to gather a diverse and inclusive community of artists for the purpose of supporting innovative work across disciplines, connecting artists with peers and resources, and providing a vibrant platform for new art in Boston. 

 Applications will be evaluated based on artist’s demonstration of:

Experimentation.

Does the artist’s practice display innovation, openness to new ideas, perspectives and techniques?

Responsiveness.

Is the artist’s work relevant, topical, in dialogue with issues of contemporary interest?

Balance.

Does the artist think holistically about the relationships between art and life?

Community engagement.

Does the artist demonstrate a willingness and aptitude for significant give and take exchange among colleagues and audiences? and

Potential impact.