The In Practice 2025 Open Call is open for submissions as of Jun 12, 2024.
    The proposal deadline is Aug 4, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.
    All artists will be notified of their submission status via email by Jan 2025.

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    SculptureCenter's annual open call for artists is open as of Jun 12, 2024. In Practice 2025 will generate a yearlong series of solo presentations.

    We invite artists who have not yet had an institutional solo exhibition in New York City to submit proposals for solo exhibitions in designated gallery spaces at SculptureCenter. Artists are also invited to propose off-site projects, publishing initiatives, performances, and nontraditional formats, which will be considered based on feasibility. Up to seven artists will be selected to participate in the program from spring 2025 to winter 2026. Each exhibition will be on view for approximately four to six weeks.

    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, including installation, video, performance, architecture, and other media.

    In Practice 2024 runs from May 2024 to Mar 2025 with exhibitions by Covey Gong, Phoebe Collings-James, Bastien Gachet, Tony Chrenka, Anita Esfandiari, and Zishi Han and Wei Yang.

    Proposal Instructions & Materials

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    Proposal deadline: Aug 4, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

    You will be asked to submit:

    Artist Statement (up to 150 words)
    Project Proposal for In Practice 2024 (up to 200 words)
    Project Budget (up to $6,000)
    Images (up to 10)
    Video/audio links (up to 3) *Excerpts preferred.

    Full proposal instructions are also included within the Submittable interface.

    Artists are asked to provide a detailed proposal for new work to be produced with SculptureCenter’s support and exhibited for the first time at SculptureCenter. The proposal must include a detailed description and/or renderings of the proposed presentation, a working budget, and additional language or imagery situating the proposal in relation to past work.

    Please refer to the Floorplans included in the Proposal Materials for details about the location and dimensions of the gallery available for In Practice proposals.

    Proposals should reflect a production budget of up to $6,000.
    Participating artists will receive a separate honorarium of $1,000.

    Artists will receive the support of SculptureCenter’s curatorial and exhibition production staff, access to SculptureCenter’s audiovisual equipment pool (as available), installation assistance, and installation photography.

    Proposals will be reviewed by SculptureCenter’s curatorial staff and a panel of outside curators, writers, and artists. A select number of artists will be contacted for studio visits in fall/winter 2024.

    Proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria: quality of proposal and prior work; engagement with emerging working methods and idiosyncratic ideas; 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.

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

    We look forward to reviewing your proposal.

    Reference Images and Floorplans

    About In Practice

    Since 2003, SculptureCenter’s In Practice open call program has supported the production of new work by over 260 artists. As of April 2024, In Practice alumni include:

    Covey Gong (2024-25); Adriana Ramić, Claudia Pagès, Isabel Mallet, Devin T. Mays, Marina Xenofontos, Salim Green, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik (2023-24); Marco Barrera, Allen Hung-Lun Chen, Violet Dennison, Enrique Garcia, Ignacio Gatica, Cherisse Gray, Jessica Kairé, Alan Martín Segal, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Stella Zhong, Monsieur Zohore (2022); Carlos Agredano, Leslie Cuyjet, Kyrae Dawaun, Dominique Duroseau, Hugh Hayden, Sunny Leerasanthanah, Abigail Lucien, André Magaña, Catalina Ouyang, Chiffon Thomas, and Quay Quinn Wolf (2021); Qais Assali, Andrew Cannon, Jesse Chun, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Emilie Louise Gossiaux, Ficus Interfaith, Laurie Kang, Devin Kenny and Andrea Solstad, K.R.M. Mooney, sidony o’neal, Mariana Silva, Jordan Strafer, Andrew Norman Wilson (2020); Natalie Ball, Takming Chuang, Niloufar Emamifar, LaMont Hamilton, Ariel René Jackson, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Aliza Shvarts, Rosa Sijben and David Bernstein, Sara Stern, Kenneth Tam, Kiyan Williams (2019); Elena Ailes & Simon Belleau, Nobutaka Aozaki, Cudelice Brazelton, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Priyanka Dasgupta & Chad Marshall, Carey Denniston, Jules Gimbrone, Baseera Khan, Courtney McClellan, WangShui, Carmen Winant, Lachell Workman (2018); Lauren Bakst & Yuri Masnyj, Olivia Booth, Kim Brandt, Crystal Z Campbell, Danielle Dean, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jesse Harrod, Candice Lin and Patrick Staff, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Kate Newby, Barb Smith, Marian Tubbs, Jessica Vaughn (2017); Christopher Aque, Phillip Birch, Onyedika Chuke, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Tamar Ettun, Raque Ford, Jeannine Han, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Jamie Sneider, Patrice Washington, Tuguldur Yondonjamts (2016); Rosa Aiello, Nanna Debois Buhl, Catherine Czacki, Ben Hagari, Sol Hashemi, Madeline Hollander and Alexandra Lerman, Janelle Iglesias, Ryan Johnson, Mary Walling Blackburn, Xu Wang (2015); Vanessa Anspaugh, Ben Thorp Brown, Brendan Fernandes, Pedro Neves Marques, Sahra Motalebi, Daniel Neumann, Essex Olivares, Nick Paparone, Rachel Rose, Hayley Aviva Silverman, Conrad Ventur, Laura Vitale (2014); Korakrit Arunanondchai, David Berezin, Paul Branca, Lea Cetera, Rachel Foullon, Molly Lowe, Shana Lutker, S. A. C. (Student Art Collective) with Justin Lieberman, Julia Sherman, Bryan Zanisnik (2013); A.K. Burns, Yve Laris Cohen, Michael DeLucia, Aleksandra Domanović, Takashi Horisaki, Sean Raspet, Christine Rebet, and Keith Connolly, Ethan Ham, Tom Thayer (2012); Michele Abeles, Samuel Clagnaz, Isabelle Cornaro, Miles Huston, Charles Mayton, Valerie Snobeck (2011); Justin Matherly, Lior Shvil, Josh Tonsfeldt, Viola Yesiltac (2010); Jason Kraus, Meredith Nickie, Marlo Pascual, Xaviera Simmons, Marianne Vitale, Eric VVysocan (2009); Michael Ashkin, Michael Blum, David Dixon, Simone Leigh, Cindy Loehr, Virginia Overton (2009); Carey Ascenzo, Becket Bowes, Tyler Coburn, Wojciech Gilewicz, Samara Golden, Rachel Mason, Amy Patton, Peter Simensky (2009); Forde & the Ashbirds, Drew Heitzler, Alix Lambert, Haley Mellin, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Erik Smith, Agathe Snow (2008); Nina Lola Bachhuber, Richard Bottwin, Edward Kihn, Mary Ellen Strom & Ann Carlson, Paul & Wilken, Cesare Pietroiusti, Willoughby Sharp, Nolan Simon, Elisabeth Smolarz (2007); Alex Arcadia, Fia Backström, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Garrett Ricciardi & Ross Cisneros, Amy O'Neill, Lucy Raven, Karin Schneider, Karen Yasinsky (2007); Justin Beal, Bozidar Brazda, Xavier Cha, Rachel Hayes, McKendree Key, Michael Mahalchick, Mary Temple, Monika Zarzeczna (2006); Maximilian Goldfarb, Nicholas Herman, Elana Herzog, Justin Lowe, Linda Post, Karlis Rekevics, Michael Schumacher (2005); Isidro Blasco, Stephanie Diamond, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Eric Fertman, Ross Knight, Ana Linnemann, Karyn Olivier, Juliane Stiegele, Karin Waisman (2005); Jane Benson, Ian Burns, Chris Caccamise, Digital Mullet, Hope Ginsburg, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Kent Henricksen, Thomas Kotik (2004); Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann, Chris Doyle, Ellen Harvey, James Hegge, Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner (2003); Frantiska and Tim Gilman, Myra Greene, Kathleen Griffin & Leon Dewan, Joanna Malinowska, Dave McKenzie, Alicia Renadette (2003).

    From 2013 to 2022, curatorial fellows organized SculptureCenter’s In Practice exhibition. These curatorial fellows included: Kari Rittenbach, Jess Wilcox, Olga Dekalo, Alexis Wilkinson, Allie Tepper, Gee Wesley, Kyle Dancewicz, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, and Camila Palomino.


    In Practice is made possible by the Elaine Graham Weitzen Commissioning Fund for Emerging Artists, which supports the production of new work by artists selected from SculptureCenter's annual open call. This landmark endowment established in 2024 reflects Elaine Graham Weitzen’s (1920-2017) lifelong commitment to emerging artists and her enthusiastic support of new ideas in art. Weitzen served as a devoted Trustee of SculptureCenter from 1987 to 2017.

    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.