Photo by Tyahra Angus | Protect Your Seedling by Mithsuca Berry, Mills Gallery, 2020 (installation view).

1:1 Curatorial Initiative

The application process for our 1:1 exhibition series is currently paused, as we review a wealth of wonderful submissions.  We anticipate reopening the application process early in 2022, with additional exhibition slots for our next season.  Keep an eye out!

Boston Center for the Arts is accepting proposals for a series of solo artist exhibitions to be presented in the Mills Gallery.

Each 1:1 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.

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

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


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


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


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.

About the Mills Gallery:

The Mills Gallery is a 1,800-square-foot flexible open-plan layout, offering highly visible exhibitions for contemporary artists and curators in the South End since the mid 1970s.

Wednesday: noon-5pm
Thursday—Saturday: noon-9pm
Sunday: noon-5pm

The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts is located at 551 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.