Ends on April 1, 2019

MCC Art Gallery welcomes curatorial proposals on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline

Spring - Monday, April 1, 2019

Curatorial proposals are defined to mean any person or group that is critically engaged in curatorial practice, involving research, development, writing, design, and production of original exhibitions with an educational emphasis. We are seeking proposals from independent curators, artist-curators, curatorial teams, and not-for-profit arts and culture organizations. We strive to bring innovative and high-quality programming that represents a broad variety of mediums and subject matter. Cross-disciplinary curatorial projects are also welcome. Selected proposals tie in pedagogically to MCC Art Gallery educational goals. Submissions must consider the gallery space, context and audiences to have the best chance for success. Projects designed to stimulate ideas are encouraged. While solo exhibitions are occasionally selected by the committee, it is suggested that applicants consider more than one exhibitor in their proposal.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applications must be complete and include all required materials
  • A primary applicant may submit one application per year
  • Proposals are accepted on a ongoing basis, and applications are reviewed in the Spring and the Fall by our Curatorial Committee
  • The typical exhibition calendar can be considered up to a year in advance
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance or nonacceptance after the review is complete

Curatorial Proposal Review Process:

The MCC Art Gallery Curatorial Committee reviews proposals. The committee consists of professionals representing a broad experience in visual arts, new media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, higher-learning, museum and cultural institutions.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Curatorial Committee based on the following:

  • Application is complete
  • Curatorial statement outlines what the exhibit intends to explore
  • Exhibition concept is clear
  • Artwork images demonstrate artistic merit and correlate with concept and curatorial statement
  • Proposal explains how it will meet educational emphasis goals
  • Suitability for venue and audience

Art Department Curriculum Overview:

Our art classes teach concepts and techniques in a variety of different areas, including art history, foundation studies, 2D & 3D, ceramics, digital arts, design, drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking. Our goal is to teach students how to create and present art and design that is technically sound, conceptually rich, and visually compelling. Our program emphasizes creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

About MCC Art Gallery:

Located on Mesa Community College’s Southern and Dobson campus, MCC Art Gallery is an educational exhibition space that embraces the dynamic and multidisciplinary nature of contemporary visual culture. MCC Art Gallery offers community members, students, and educators a vibrant space for interaction, reflection, experimentation, and dialogue.

If selected, applicant will be expected to work with gallery staff and MCC students to develop:

  • Educational Materials: interpretive text panels, interactive media, signage or other in-gallery materials.
  • Public Programming: public programs or educational activities that pair with the exhibition (guest lectures, artist talks, workshops, etc.)
  • Exhibition Budget: MCC Art Gallery provides the venue and context for curatorial proposals. Projects are supported with limited, eligible expenses that may include: marketing and advertising, assistance with press release, design and production of printed and digital postcards and posters, equipment and supplies to support exhibition needs, installation assistance, documentation and loan agreements, costs related to academic events supporting the exhibition or a hosted exhibition reception.
  • Primary applicant will sign a guest curator contract under which they are obligated to obtain museum standards of ethics and conduct. Upon signing, the curator will make any conflict of interest known to MCC Art Gallery.

Questions? Email the Gallery Coordinator at mesaccart@gmail.com