Exhibition Open Call

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) invites artists and curators to submit proposals for exhibitions in the Jamaica Arts Center galleries. In line with JCAL’s mission to encourage participation in the arts, this open call aims to expand opportunities for artists, to support the exploration of new ideas and to foster meaningful dialogue. Facing the ongoing pandemic and calls for social reform, and further being mindful of our institution’s long history of pioneering, diverse, inclusive visual arts work as JCAL approaches its 50th anniversary in 2022, we are organizing our programs with the ideas of “community first” and “digital first.” Guided by these principles, this open call is meant to initiate new collaborations for innovative, socially engaged and locally relevant visual arts exhibitions and public programming.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed twice a year, spring and fall. Group shows and curatorial projects are preferred, though solo exhibitions will also be considered. Queens and Southeast Queens-based creatives, community organizations and members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Proposals will be selected by a rotating panel of artists, art professionals, Southeast Queens community members, and JCAL staff. The number of exhibitions selected in each round will vary based on space availability and will be on view for approximately six to eight weeks.

Please include in your submission:

  • Artist/Curatorial Resume or CV (1 page maximum with current contact information)

  • Artist/Curatorial Statement (1 page maximum describing your work in general)

  • Project Proposal (2 pages maximum)

    • What is your project concept?

    • What would you like to exhibit at JCAL and why?

    • Public Program details (at least 1 public program is required: such as, but not limited to, a panel discussion, artist talk, screening, performance, etc)

    • What impacts do you hope to achieve with your project?

  • Artwork Checklist: Please provide information about each artwork considered for inclusion in the exhibition, including: artist, title, date, medium, dimensions, installation components, and lender, gallery, or person providing the work. All artists and/or artworks don’t need to be confirmed, however curators should be in conversation with the artists or lenders included in this proposal.

  • Installation Plan: Describe how the exhibition would be installed in JCAL’s space(s). Please identify the galleries you are interested in (Miller Gallery, Community Gallery, and/or other spaces with the JCAL premises) Clearly list all spatial needs, technical and equipment requirements, specific installation considerations, and an outline of shipping logistics. It is encouraged to include a layout of the work in the space using the floor plan(s) provided.

  • Work Samples (up to 8 jpgs and/or links to videos)

    • Please send examples of work that will be included in your exhibition or of related past work. Please include captions for the work samples (if not included in the Artwork Checklist) with title, year created, materials, and dimensions.

  • Project Budget

  • Contact information for 2 professional references

JCAL Support

JCAL provides the following exhibition-related support:

  • Curatorial support from JCAL’s Visual Arts Program Associate

  • Art handler for installation up to 14 hours (2 days)

  • Fine Art Insurance coverage for all dates of the exhibition, installation and de-installation

  • Title wall text production and installation

  • Office printing for exhibition hand-outs and wall labels

  • Marketing support

  • Installation photography

  • Catalog production

  • Opening reception (dependent on public health guidelines)