APEXART’s NYC Open Call Invites Exhibition Proposals in October for 2021-2022 Season

2 October 2020

Foto credit: Installation view of Souls Grown Diaspora, an apexart Open Call exhibition in NYC

apexart is accepting exhibition proposals for its NYC Open Call from October 1-31, 2020. The four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented at apexart’s NYC space as part of its 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit a proposal online. Four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to $10,000, staff support, and be part of the next apexart exhibition season.

Submission Process

Proposals should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted. Submissions cannot exceed 500 words and must be submitted in English. Jurors rate proposals based on the idea and concept. See examples at https://apexart.org/opencallwinners.php

Selection Process

Rather than convene a small panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart’s crowd-sourced voting system involves hundreds of jurors to review proposals. An international jury composed of 400+ individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds—including students at over a dozen international universities—will jury the proposals. Proposals are juried anonymously and randomized to make sure each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence or affect the results of the jury in any way.


The four highest-ranked proposals each receive an exhibition budget of up to $10,000 and complete production support. Working closely with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are expected, encouraged and challenged to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions.

To submit an exhibition proposal and learn more, visit apexart.org/opencalls.html between October 1-31, 2020.