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 2,000 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.

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.

Fall Curator Workshop & COP Info Session
Thursday, October 15, 7-9PM
$10, Learn More & Register Here

This workshop will feature curator Dina Deitsch and her student curators Lucy Wood Baird and Loretta Park. The panel will discuss their collaborative and artist curator approach as it relates to their recent exhibition, Bouncing in the Corner presented at §üb?amsøn which was conceived by Baird and Park. It was the first of two pop-up group shows organized by students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design as part of the spring 2015 Curatorial Practices Graduate Seminar taught by Deitsch. Bouncing in the Corner featured eleven artists whose work addresses the unique space—literal and metaphorical—inhabited by the corner.

Winter Curator Workshop & COP Info Session
Saturday, January 16, 4-6PM
$10, Learn More & Register Here

This workshop will feature a presentation by Denise Markonish, curator at Mass MOCA, and artist Sean Foley. The presenters will talk about their current curatorial collaboration, "Explode Everyday: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder". The exhibition opens May 2016 at Mass MOCA.

COP Office Hours
Saturday, January 23, 1-4PM
FREE, Learn More & Register Here

If you are submitting a proposal for our Curatorial Opportunity Program, we invite you to come and get your crunch-time questions answered at this informal event. The deadline for submission is Monday (4/6), so this is your last chance to come check out the gallery and get feedback from the NAC exhibition staff. Bring your laptop and your questions - we'll provide the snacks!

More information on the Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP):

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