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Artist Opportunities

Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP)

The Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) is an open-call curatorial platform that investigates contemporary culture through the visual arts. It makes possible diverse curatorial visions in a collaborative, non-profit and alternative exhibition space. Curators of selected group exhibitions receive a $1,000 stipend and administrative, promotional and technical support.

We host exhibitions involving two or more artists and incorporating at least one public presentation in our 2,500 square-foot gallery.

The New Art Center has a 35-year tradition of using its Main Gallery for group exhibitions curated by an independent curator. Since May 1991, we have continued this tradition through our Curatorial Opportunity Program’s public call for proposals.

  • The deadline for this year's call is Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 5PM EST
  • We will only accept electronic submissions: Click here to apply

Far from Indochine, curated by Chuong-Ðài Võ, 2014. Image courtesy of Will Howcroft.

COP Workshops

Interested parties are encouraged to attend our hands-on workshop & information session at the New Art Center. COP workshops feature presentations by curators about their projects and approaches to curating contemporary art, and invite participants to engage in dialogue about curatorial ideas while learning more about the Curatorial Opportunity Program.

Curator Workshop featuring Dan Byers
Wednesday April 26, 6PM, $10
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About the Presenter: Dan Byers is the Mannion Family Senior Curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. His recent ICA exhibitions include The Artist’s Museum, Diane Simpson, Geoffrey Farmer, Steve McQueen: Ashes, and The 2017 Foster Prize Exhibition. Before his move to Boston, Byers was the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, where he was co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International. In addition to the International, projects there included solo exhibitions of Cathy Wilkes, Ragnar Kjartansson, and James Lee Byars. Byers was also Curatorial Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Assistant to the Directors at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

More information on the Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP):

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