The 2021 In Practice Call for Artist Proposals closed on June 30, 2020.

    After an extensive review process, some applicants will be contacted for a studio visit in early fall 2020. All applicants will be notified of their submission status in fall 2020. The next call will open in spring 2021. Thank you to all the artists who applied.

    The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported more than 200 emerging artists with the essential resources of space, funding, time, curatorial support, and administrative guidance to help turn their ideas into reality.

    Exemplifying the spirit of SculptureCenter's mission, In Practice supports innovative artwork, fosters experimentation, and introduces audiences to underrecognized practices and new ideas. The program offers participants the opportunity to develop and present work in what is often their first institutional exhibition in New York City. Past In Practice participants include: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Fia Backström, A.K. Burns, Crystal Z Campbell, Aleksandra Domanović, Brendan Fernandes, Raque Ford, Jules Gimbrone, Samara Golden, Ellen Harvey, Madeline Hollander, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Baseera Khan, Simone Leigh, Molly Lowe, Justin Matherly, Virginia Overton, Essex Olivares, Marlo Pascual, Sean Raspet, Rachel Rose, Xaviera Simmons, Josh Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Agathe Snow, Kenneth Tam, Marianne Vitale, and Jon Wang, among many others.

    SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit museum 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, including installation, video, performance, architecture, and other media.

    We invite artists to submit proposals each spring for new projects to be presented in January 2021. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive an honorarium and production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

    Selection Process and Timeline

    The 2021 In Practice Call for Artist Proposals closed on June 30, 2020. The next call will open in spring 2021.

    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 2020.

    All applicants will be notified of their application status by email in fall 2020. Thank you for your interest in SculptureCenter’s In Practice program. For further questions please email No calls, please.


    The In Practice program is made possible by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Lead underwriting support of SculptureCenter’s Exhibition Fund has been generously provided by the Jill and Peter Kraus, and Lee and Robert K. Elliott, with additional support by Jane Hait and Justin Beal and Toby Devan Lewis.

    SculptureCenter’s programs and operating support is provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons; the Blavatnik Family Foundation; the Cy Twombly Foundation; the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation; the Henry Luce Foundation; the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Teiger Foundation; VIA Art Fund; the Willem de Kooning Foundation; and contributions from many generous individuals.


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