The following should answer most questions you may have about submitting an exhibition proposal:
Who can submit a proposal to curate a show?
Anyone. And we often work with first-time curators whom we help through the process. (Important: see italicized note in next item, concerning “Invitational” exhibitions).
Can artist-curators include their own work in a proposal?
Yes. We have found that these curators often have a better grasp of the exhibition’s theme and a greater commitment to the show. Our main concern is the quality of the idea and the work being proposed. Each show must have a curator who is solely responsible for selecting all the artworks: we do not favor “Invitational” exhibitions whereby each participating artist decides what they will exhibit.
How do I submit a proposal?
The process is quite easy:
- Send us a simple written statement of your idea.
- Make an appointment to examine our image registry (required of all curators). You don’t have to choose from it, but you must look at each current artist member’s work (takes about 2-3 hours).
- Submit a final proposal with images. We then place it in the pool from which we select shows for the calendar. It will remain under active consideration until or unless it is scheduled or returned by cWOW, or withdrawn by the curator.
Are curators paid?
Generally, no. We occasionally receive funding for a specific show which includes a curating stipend, but we normally must rely on volunteer artist/curators who benefit by being included in the exhibition themselves as well as being prominently mentioned in all promotional materials.
Will my show be reviewed by the press?
Very likely. cWOW has an outstanding record of generating press.
What are the curator’s responsibilities?
The curator selects all the artists and artworks, making sure each is available for exhibition, and submits images of each work with title, media, size and price (if for sale). If you wish, you may offer text and design ideas for the catalogue, announcement cards and installation though these are not usually required unless specifically requested by cWOW. The gallery and its Director retain final approval of all aspects of the exhibition including promotional materials and installations.
Who decides if a show will appear at cWOW?
The Exhibition Committee reviews all proposals and makes recommendations regarding which of these proposals will be included in the calendar.
How many shows does cWOW present yearly?
7-10 on-site shows plus traveling exhibitions. We have 3 annual shows (New Members, ArtReach & Metro Show) and by policy try to keep two slots open in each subsequent 12 month period so that artists do not face a fully-booked year of membership.
When are proposals accepted?