The 2021 In Practice Call for Artist Proposals is now open.
    The application deadline is June 15, 2020 at 11:59PM (your local time).

    Proposal Materials

    Submission Guidelines
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Floorplans and Gallery Images


    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.

    Application Deadline

    The 2021 In Practice Call for Artist Proposals closes at 11:59PM on June 15, 2020 (your local time).

    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. A list of required materials is available as a PDF here. 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; 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 the exterior of the building, relevant off-site projects, and web/publication/print projects. You may also propose projects for other institutional spaces (e.g. restrooms, elevators, etc.). 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

    The 2021 In Practice Open Call for Artist Proposals closes on June 15, 2020 at 11:59PM (your local time).

    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. We look forward to reviewing your proposal.


    The In Practice program is made possible by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and 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 Kraus Family Foundation, and Lee and Robert K. Elliott, with additional support by Jane Hait and Justin Beal, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, 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.