In Practice Open Call

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


The In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Artists selected for the annual In Practice exhibition receive an honorarium and production support. The level of production support depends on the scope of accepted works and available funding. There are no geographic eligibility requirements, but the budget does not provide for travel or accommodation costs.

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, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Fia Backström, A. K. Burns, Michael DeLucia, Aleksandra Domanovic, Essex Olivares, Brendan Fernandes, Ryan Johnson, Joanna Malinowska, Justin Matherly, Virginia Overton, Marlo Pascual, Rachel Rose, Xaviera Simmons, Valerie Snobeck, Agathe Snow, Josh Smith, and Erik Wysocan.

Artists for the following year's In Practice program are selected via an open call that opens each April and closes in mid-June. The RFP will be announced in our e-newsletter. Please sign up here to receive SculptureCenter emails.

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.

SculptureCenter curatorial staff and a select advisory committee of artists, curators, and critics conduct a preliminary review of proposals. The final exhibition is curated by a Curatorial Fellow who is selected via a separate open call for emerging curators that opens each April and closes in May.