Tuesday, June 28, 2011

deadline: july 1

The deadline for 2012 SOLOS at AAC is this friday, July 1. The application form is on our website here.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the very last set of solos exhibits for which I'll be sitting on the panel--and I must say, we've pulled out all the stops for this one.

Our guest jurors this time around are:

Klaus Ottman, Curator at Large and Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art for the Phillips Collection

Karen Milbourne, curator for the Smithsonian African Art Museum

J.J. McCracken, DC based installation artist and art professor

These folks will spend two days reviewing all of the submissions and selecting twelve to fourteen emerging contemporary artists who are producing sharp stuff and have novel proposals for exhibits in our seven gallery spaces.

Should you apply? Well, duh. I mean, if you live in DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Delaware, that would be a big yes.

Things to think about in your application:

Site specificity. How is your show going to be tailored to the spaces at AAC? Show the panel that you've thought about how you'll use our floorplan to your advantage. How will your show here be a unique occurence, i.e., not just a rehash of the same array of objects or experiences you might present in a different gallery somewhere else?

Professional development. What does showing at AAC do for you? How will it allow you to advance your game, develop your practice, attempt something on a scale or trajectory you haven't attempted before?

The non-profit difference. Why does it make sense to show your work in a non-profit art space? Is there something about your work or your project proposal specifically that makes more sense in our galleries than in a local commercial gallery? If you already have commercial gallery representation, why should your work be shown here?

If you can answer those questions, and your images/video/plans look good, then you might very well be in business.

Get those applications in!

Pictured: Images from previous SOLOS shows by Laure Drogoul, Mia Feuer, Pamela Sunstrum, David Page, Roxana Perez-Mendez, Erin Colleen Williams, Gregory Thielker, Ben Pranger, and Steven Pearson.


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