VisArts Emerging Curator Program 2022

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2021, midnight

VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator or artist with an interest in exhibition making or curating to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2022 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.

VisArts will provide the Emerging Curator with budget of $10,000 to cover exhibition costs and curatorial fee. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and will begin in January 2022. 

International applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, VisArts is unable to provide or assist with visas.

The selection panel includes the VisArts’ Curator, Artist Advisory Council, Gallery Committee and 2022 Mentoring Curator.

The 2022 Mentoring Curator is Sofía Gallisá Muriente.

Sofíia Gallisá Muriente is a visual artist working through multiple approaches to documentation, deepening the subjectivity of historical narratives and examining formal and informal archives, popular imaginaries and visual culture. She studied Film & TV Production and Latin American Studies at New York University and has participated in experimental pedagogical platforms led by artists, like Anhoek School and Beta-Local’s La Práctica, substituting graduate studies with a process of learning and unlearning with others. She has been a resident artist of Museo La Ene (Argentina), Alice Yard (Trinidad & Tobago), Solar (Tenerife), and Catapult, as well as a fellow of the Flaherty Seminar and the Smithsonian Institute. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Terremoto, and Hyperallergic, and earned her grants from TEOR/éTica and NALAC. She has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Queens Museum, ifa Galerie in Berlin, MALBA in Argentina and CCA Glasgow, and Puerto Rican galleries like Km 0.2, El Lobi, Diagonal and Embajada. From 2014 to 2020, she was Co-director of the artist-run, non-profit organization Beta-Local, dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and transdisciplinary practices in Puerto Rico. She is currently a fellow of the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative and the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC.

Curatorial Collaboration:
During the yearlong program, the Curatorial team (Mentor Curator and Emerging Curator) will:

  • Conduct curatorial research;
  • Develop a cohesive and compelling exhibition proposal;
  • Develop writing skills for catalogs and other printed and online materials;
  • Develop budgets for executing exhibitions and exhibition programming;
  • Communicate with artists and lending institutions - developing contracts and loan information;
  • Research and develop a plan for incorporating technology upgrades to gallery programming through website enhancements, use of tablets and apps, and production of video and audio materials;
  • Design and implement educational exhibition programming and outreach activities that engage artists, curators and public audience of all ages;
  • Develop sponsorship/fundraising initiatives to support the exhibition programming (if needed);
  • Oversee exhibition design and installation; and,
  • Develop marketing and public relations materials - press releases, website presence, social networking and print media supporting the exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization. It is designed to support diverse exhibitions presenting a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches. In addition, it enhances the VisArts exhibition experience by developing educational opportunities, public programming and opportunities for community engagement through expanded use of interactive interpretive media in its gallery program.

Applicants do not need to have a fully realized curatorial proposal, though we are interested in getting a sense of your interests, tastes, and sensibilities. The formal proposal will be developed with the support and guidance of the mentoring curator and the VisArts Gallery Department.

To apply online, create an account below and complete the form.

Applicants must supply the following:

1. Application form

2. CV

3. Evidence of past curatorial projects:

  • Up to 10 still images
  • Up to 5 minutes of Video and Audio Tracks (We accept: URL addresses,Soundclouds, or Playable DVDs posted to VisArts.)
  • List of images with artist name, title, year, medium, and descriptive information
  • Supporting PDF documents

4. A statement that addresses the following:

  • What makes presenting an exhibition in a non-profit community arts center with the guidance of a mentor an ideal opportunity?
  • What do you hope to achieve with this exhibition and mentoring program?
  • What do you consider your curatorial intentions or interests in regards to exhibition making?
  • How do you envision enriching the audience experience? 
  • How would you engage the community? 
  • What sorts of programming and content delivery would you like to see paired with exhibitions?


Application deadline: November 1, 2021

Finalists Notified: November 11, 2021

Finalist Interviews: November 17 - 19, 2021

Emerging Curator Notified: November 24, 2021

Length of Program: January 2022 – January 2023 (Detailed Schedule TBD)

Emerging Curator Exhibition:  November 9, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Mentoring Curator Exhibition:  September 2 - October 23, 2022


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