Open Call for BRAC Independent Curators

The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is currently seeking applications from Independent Curators for its FY2022 Exhibitions Calendar (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). The selected curators will be responsible for contacting and sourcing all materials from artists, writing exhibition texts, and facilitating a public program. We encourage curatorial proposals by emerging and independent curators who are attuned to stretching boundaries and familiar with artists from The Bronx. This call for proposals aligns with our mission of supporting emerging artists from underrepresented groups, such as women and artists of color and addressing relevant social and environmental issues. Further, we continue our commitment to present exhibitions in various media, including interdisciplinary practices that connect artists in The Bronx and beyond.

BRAC Exhibitions Program has become known for both its deft curatorial vision and its ability to produce ambitious, energetic exhibitions with ingenuity and immediacy. In recent years, we have exposed various paradigms of contemporary art to the litmus test of our local Bronx community and the cultural, economic, and social landscape that defines it. Our Exhibitions Program also provides a resource for artists and guest curators, by giving them a platform inside a reality that has not been fully acknowledged by traditional arts institutions.

Mission Statement:
Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is a culturally diverse, multi-arts, non-profit organization that provides a forum for community, artists, and youth to transform creativity into vision. Our Education, Exhibitions, Artist Studios, and Presenting Programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of our natural resource — the Bronx River.
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1. Proposals must be conceptually rigorous and focus on artists and themes in a way that is innovative, timely, challenging, and engaging.

2. We are looking for proposals that clearly demonstrate a unique and creative approach to curatorial research methods and innovative exhibition plans, as well as an awareness of various art media within an historical context.

3. Bronx River Art Center strongly encourages applications that expand our mission and contribute to our ongoing commitment to emerging artists, social and environmental justice, and advocacy for artists.

4. Guest Curators should not include their own work in the exhibition they are proposing.


Please attach the following Information as a Word or PDF document and send by email to: with subject heading Curator Open Call

1. A detailed exhibition proposal (concept paper) with your name, address, phone number and email address, of up to 500 words that includes a curatorial statement, exhibition goals and objectives, any technical requirements, and a preliminary list of artists with a checklist of images, and indicate whether these artists have been confirmed. We additionally encourage the proposal of a public program and/or community workshops (date and time to be determined if your proposal is selected)

2. 5 - 10 image samples. This does not have to be a final image check-list, just a grouping of artworks that illustrate your exhibition idea.

3. A Curator’s CV.

4. Three professional references (names and contact info) describing previous curatorial work/projects and/or research experience.

Selected curators will be awarded a $500 - $600 honorarium depending on the show’s complexity. Exhibiting artists will also receive stipends based on the number of artists in the show.

Submissions deadline is Monday February 22, 2021.

Finalists will be contacted for a virtual or safe in-person interview before selections are announced. Please do not submit original materials. All applications will be kept on our files for future reference. For technical inquiries email:
*No phone calls inquiring about the status of your submission, please.

Application Deadline:2021-02-22
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