In Practice Open Call

Pictured left to right: Tom Thayer, Alexandre Singh, Joanna Malinowska.

The 2014 In Practice submission process is now closed. Please contact inpractice@sculpture-center for any questions.


DEADLINE: June 13, 2014

The In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. We invite artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in early 2015. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $250 honoraria and a maximum of $1500 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution that takes the history and legacy of sculpture as a framework from which to consider the diverse activity taking place in the field of contemporary art, SculptureCenter's program encourages artists and audiences to explore the possibilities of sculpture and the multifarious ways in which sculpture is developing and connecting to other forms of expression. Past In Practice participants include: Michele Abeles, Fia Backström, A. K. Burns, Michael DeLucia, Aleksandra Domanovic, Amy Granat, Joanna Malinowska, Justin Matherly, Virginia Overton, Marlo Pascual, Xaviera Simmons, Valerie Snobeck, Agathe Snow, Josh Smith, and Erik Wysocan.

SculptureCenter seeks proposals that offer new ways of considering sculpture or furthering the understanding of the discipline and how it can intersect with other mediums. Artist proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria:
- Quality of the proposal and prior work
- Responsiveness in regards to the specific context of SculptureCenter
- Feasibility of the project

All lower-level exhibition spaces, the building exterior, the website, and projects outside of the confines of the building are available for In Practice proposals. Artists are encouraged to experiment with unconventional display and exhibition formats. Past In Practice projects have included objects, installations, performance, web-based works, institutional interventions, mobile apps, multiples, and publications. Building images and floorplans may be downloaded from our website, as well as examples of previous works presented through the program. Due to building renovations, there is no access to the lower level galleries during regular gallery hours however on Saturday May 3, 2014 the space will be open for site visits. There are no geographic eligibility requirements, but the budget does not provide for travel or accommodation costs.

SculptureCenter curatorial staff and a select advisory committee of artists, curators, and critics will conduct a preliminary review of proposals. A limited number of artists will be contacted for further information and/or studio visits during the fall. Submitting artists will be notified by email by Fall 2014. No calls please.

IMPORTANT: Your application must be submitted through our website by 11:59pm on June 13, 2014. We strongly recommend that the application be completed online several days in advance of the deadline, as we anticipate high volume on our server on the night of June 13th.

Questions? Please read the FAQ below! If you feel you have a question that is not addressed, email us at

View the Open Call as a PDF here.

FAQ for In Practice

Can I hand deliver, mail, or email my application?
No. All applications must be submitted using our online submission system. We are unable to accept email or paper submissions.

Does the online application have to be completed in one sitting?
Yes. You cannot save your work to return to at a later time. It is recommended you complete your answers in another document before you begin the application, and copy them into the provided fields.

Do I need to put the image caption in the actual jpeg?
There is a field for each image caption that corresponds to the image uploaded.

When I review my submission, should I be able to see the images I submitted?
No - the system will show just the names of the files and the captions.

What is the character count limit for the artist statement field of the online application form?
The artist statement field is limited to 1,250 characters.

What is the character count limit for the project proposal field of the online application form?
The project proposal field is limited to 3,000 characters.

Do the character counts include spaces and line breaks?
Yes - all characters including spaces and returns count.

What are the specifications for submitting JPEG files? How will they be viewed?
JPEGS must be named as follows: Lastname_Firstname_Number.jpg (example: Duchamp_Marcel_01.jpg). Images should be no larger than 800 pixels x 800 pixels, at 72 dpi. Images that are formatted incorrectly may not be reviewed. Images will be viewed both on a computer monitor and also projected through a video projector.

Can I submit a combination of past work and proposal images for my work samples?
Yes, whatever combination you like, up to 15 total images.

What spaces are available for proposals?
All of the lower-level project spaces, and the building exterior including the billboard and roll-gate are available for In Practice proposals. SculptureCenter's website, building exterior, and projects outside the confines of the building will all be considered and are encouraged.

May I submit a proposal for the SculptureCenter restrooms?
The restrooms are open for proposals.

May I submit more than one proposal?
The panel will review one proposal from each artist or artist team.

May I specify alternate locations for my proposed project?

Is the open call limited to New York-based artists only?
Artists from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply, although the budget does not provide for travel, housing, or accommodation costs.

What are the ceiling heights in the basement spaces?
I-beam to Floor: 106" (8'10")
Ceiling to Floor: 114" (9'6")
Vaulted Ceiling to Floor: 83" (6'11")

Can I apply as part of a collaboration or artist team?
Yes. Please designate one mailing and one email address.

What are the dates of the In Practice exhibitions?
Projects will be presented in early 2015.

How long will I have to install?
Although the exact dates have not yet been determined, you will have 10 week days to install work, this is subject to discussion with the staff and depending on the organization's schedule and the needs of selected projects.


Here you may download a printable version of the SculptureCenter basement floorplan. If you don't have one already, you will need a copy of the free Acrobat Reader.

Basement Floor Plan