The 2022 In Practice Open Call closed on July 15, 2021.
    The 2022 In Practice Curatorial Fellow Open Call closed on June 10,2021.

    All artists who have submitted proposals will hear back from SculptureCenter via email by December 2021. Please note: Due to various institutional scheduling needs, In Practice 2022 will open in spring of that year (not in January, as would be typical).

    Questions? Please review the materials above and the text below. If you still have questions, please email

    About In Practice

    SculptureCenter’s In Practice open call program supports emerging artists and curators in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has provided more than 200 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.

    Previous 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, Essex Olivares, Virginia Overton, Marlo Pascual, Sean Raspet, Rachel Rose, Xaviera Simmons, Josh Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Agathe Snow, Kenneth Tam, Marianne Vitale, and WangShui, 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 the following year. 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.

    Application Deadline

    The 2022 In Practice Open Call closed on July 15, 2021.
    The 2022 In Practice Curatorial Fellow Open Call closed on June 10,2021.

    Application Instructions

    Applicants are asked to propose new work for inclusion in SculptureCenter’s annual In Practice group exhibition. Proposals should reflect new work to be realized for the exhibition.

    All applications must be submitted using our online submission system (Submittable). Full application instructions are available within the Submittable submission form.

    We are unable to accept and will not review email or paper submissions.

    To view information and images for all past In Practice exhibitions, please scroll to the bottom of this page. For questions, please first review to the FAQ sheet available here. For further questions please email No calls, please.


    Please provide detailed information about your artistic practice, your proposed project, and a proposed budget. Proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria: Quality of proposal and prior work; Rigor in connection or departure from prior work and interests; Responsiveness to the site and context (physical or otherwise) of SculptureCenter as an institution; Feasibility of the project with regard to budget and timeline.

    The In Practice exhibition is primarily installed in SculptureCenter's Lower Level. We also accept proposals for relevant off-site projects and web/publication/print projects. The Courtyard and Lobby are not available for In Practice 2022.

    Artists are welcome 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.

    Proposal drawings/renderings are encouraged. Floorplans and images of spaces available for proposals are available for download here.

    There are no geographic eligibility requirements, but the exhibition budget does not provide for travel or accommodation costs. As necessary, travel and/or transport costs should be included within the proposed production budget.

    Selection Process and Timeline

    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 in fall 2021.

    Studio visits will be conducted and the final exhibition will be curated by the In Practice Curatorial Fellow, a curator also selected through an open call application process.

    All applicants will be notified of their application status by email by December 2021.

    Thank you for your interest in SculptureCenter’s In Practice program. We look forward to reviewing your proposal.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Floorplans and Gallery Images


    Major support for the In Practice program is provided by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In Practice is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Leadership support of SculptureCenter’s exhibitions and programs is provided by Carol Bove, Lee Elliott and Robert K. Elliott, Jill and Peter Kraus, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Barbara and Andrew Gundlach, Jacques Louis Vidal, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Eleanor Heyman Propp, Libby and Adrian Ellis, Benoit Bosc and Torsten Schlauersbach, Jamie Singer Soros and Robert Soros, Candy and Michael Barasch, Sanford Biggers, Jane Hait and Justin Beal, and Amy and Sean Lyons.