EFA Project Space is seeking letters of inquiry for curated exhibitions, projects, and public events to be presented as part of its 2021 season on the theme of BRIGHT FUTURES. We invite curators, artists, writers, collectives, cultural producers, instigators, and thinkers of all kinds to submit preliminary ideas for thought-provoking exhibitions or projects (including performances, lectures, workshops, skillshares, seances, seminars and conversations) to be produced in partnership with EFA Project Space, a multidisciplinary arts venue located at EFA Center on West 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan. 

About the Theme:

EFA Project Space will devote its 2020 and 2021 programming seasons to "BRIGHT FUTURES," a thematically curated series of exhibitions, public events, seminars, and workshops that tie together New York’s diverse communities and promote art as a force for social change.

To embrace a "bright future"  is to rebuff the current mood of political, social, and ecological despair. As a response to the interwoven global political and planetary crises that we collectively face, “BRIGHT FUTURES" proposes a need to recenter art around community-based and future-looking practices that engage with politics and poetics, and fuse belief and praxis in the promise of a better world. These practices are decolonial, anti-exploitative, anti-extractive, and promote justice, democracy, collaboration, care, repair, access, migration, and mutual aid against top down hegemonic and authoritarian political structures; they are formally exploratory and interdisciplinary, combining untried tactics with a focus on process and method. To explore: conflict, resolution, cohesion, reparation, survival, now utopias, other futurisms, new formalisms, alternative hedonisms, counter-subjectivities, etc.

Specifics:

Applicants may submit a letter of inquiry for one of the following (and only one):

  • Exhibitions – will be presented over 6 to 8 weeks and may include up to 10 artists, but may also be conceived as shorter-term exhibitions or 2 or 3 person shows that respond to our curatorial theme. Exhibitions should compliment Project Space’s mission and present an appropriate use of the space.
  • Projects – one-off or multi-day public events that may include: solo artist performances (both curated by a curator or proposed by the artist), workshops, skillshares & learning sites, seminars, panel discussions, conversations, etc. Projects should compliment Project Space’s mission and present an appropriate use of the space.

Timeframe:

Letters of inquiry are due by December 15, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by our Advisory Committee and invited guest jurors. Selected applicants will be invited in late January to submit a full proposal by March 1, 2020; from those, selected exhibitions and projects will be scheduled between January-December, 2021.

EFA Project Space is especially excited to support:

  1. artist-curated exhibitions that represent important developments from within the broader arts field;
  2. representatives of diverse and inclusive communities that are not traditionally supported in mainstream arts institutions;
  3. joint collaborations with arts organizations and collectives whose missions intersect with our own, or that create space for conversation across disciplines and communities;
  4. independent curator-led projects that construct deep conceptual and theoretical frameworks;
  5. individuals or collectives with an established background in one subset of the arts field (writers, artists, administrators) who wish to take part in a curatorial incubator for first time curators;
  6. process based exercises, encouraging experimentation through the creation of new work;
  7. dynamic, interactive projects that challenge the standard exhibition format while reaching the broadest possible audience.

Before you apply

  • Review EFA Project Space’s website to familiarize yourself with past exhibitions, events, and projects.
  • Check our list of what we can and cannot provide (see appendix in the PDF of the call or on our website).
  • Consider the scale and demands of your project proposal, keep in mind that EFA Project Space is a small organization with just 2 full time staff. Exhibition budgets average between $7,000.00 and $8,000.00 (but are decided each year), and projects will be capped at $2000. Curators of exhibitions receive an honorarium of approximately $1,500.00.  EFA Project Space is W.A.G.E. certified and is committed to paying honoraria to all artists. In general, exhibition or project budgets cannot provide for travel, international shipping, or elaborate construction/fabrication costs. You are not expected to submit a budget for the Letter of Inquiry, but should keep the above in mind before you apply.
  • Understand that given our limited exhibition season, solo artist exhibitions will generally not be supported, nor will curated exhibitions where a curator is also presenting their own visual arts work. We will accept solo project/performance proposals, however.

I. About EFA Studio Program Membership:

Membership
Membership is available to artists through an application and selection process. Members receive a private studio for a period of up to two years that is subsidized at below market cost. Membership renewal is possible after two years through a reapplication process.

Location
All studios are located in the EFA Center at 323 West 39th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.

Description and Cost
Studios range in size from 200 to 440 square feet. Ceilings are 11′ high. Membership fees vary according to the size and shape of the studio assigned to the artist and the artist’s demonstrated financial need. Subsidized membership fees range from $598 to $1976 per month. In addition, each member pays a monthly due of $80.00. The EFA Center is equipped with passenger and freight elevators, shared restroom facilities, wash sinks, and common areas with a coffee maker, sink, refrigerator and microwave oven. All studios have free access to the Internet via an Ethernet connection. Normal usage of heat, air-conditioning, electricity and common areas are included in the monthly membership dues. Access to studios is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Eligibility
Visual artists working in all forms of media are eligible. The program is designed for artists with a developed studio practice and career. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a college or university degree-granting program. Certain types of work cannot be accommodated for practical reasons, including large or heavy sculptures, some types of metal work, and work involving high noise levels or fire risk. Applications are judged solely on the quality of the work as presented. EFA does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or marital status. Artists must be citizens of the United States, or must be legal U.S residents during their tenure.

Deadlines and Notification Process
All applications must be submitted online by or before November 30, 2019. All applicants will receive an automatic email response after successfully completing their application. All applicants will be notified by email by March 1, 2020 of the outcome of their application. Please do not call the office for selection results.

Composition of the Artistic Merit Selection Panel
The Artistic Merit Selection Panel is a five-person, independent panel of prominent artists and art professionals. Members of the Panel change for each intake process.

II. Application Instructions:

Requirements
Applicants must submit their full application online. You must read all instructions thoroughly and adhere to the requirements.

All applications will include the following:

  • Work Samples (10 images or 3 minutes of video)
  • Image List
  • Current Resume
  • Explanation of Work

Work Samples

Applicants Submitting Images:

  • All images should be in jpeg format.
  • Maximum size: 1000 pixels in any direction. This is the optimal size for good image quality and fast upload.
  • Save each image as: "yourlastname_yourfirstname_01" (ex. Smith_Jane_01.jpg, Smith_Jane_02.jpg, etc).
  • NO captions or descriptive text is allowed to identify the artwork or the artist on the images or video.

Applicants Submitting Video:

  • Video samples must include a link (URL) to a 3-MINUTE video WITHOUT the artist’s name.
  • You may submit a link to a video posted on any website, including YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Just make sure that there are no privacy settings prohibiting the viewing of the video. If there is a password, PLEASE include it in the space provided.
  • The panel will only watch the first 3 minutes of the video submission. DO NOT include your name in your title image or in the credits of your time based piece.

Applicants will remain anonymous to the Artistic Merit Selection Panel who will be judging the work.

Here is a page explaining private videos on

YouTube:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177

...and for Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/help/faq/managing-your-videos/privacy-settings

***Please note that the Artistic Merit Selection Panel will review only one format: images or video for each candidate.

Image List

You will be prompted to enter the title, date, medium, and dimensions for all images submitted. For video submissions, please include the title, duration and description of the sample provided.

Resume

Please submit your current resume. Save your Resume as a .doc or .pdf  file as: “yourlastname_yourfirstname_Resume” (ex. Smith_Jane_Resume)

Explanation of Work
In 250 words or less describe the work you have submitted for review.

III. Review Process:
New Member applications are processed in three phases.

Phase 1: Open Call and Review of Submissions
The Artistic Merit Selection Panel will meet in February 2020 to review applications submitted to the EFA Studio Program during the open call. Each applicant’s images will be projected one-by-one, in the order in which they are labeled. If reviewing a video submission, the Panel will only watch the first 3 minutes. While viewing the work, members of the Panel may ask to hear more information about the work presented, which is read from the provided image list or explanation of work.

The Panel will judge the artistic merit of the work as presented. Applicant names are not disclosed to the panel during the selection process. Each applicant is represented by a number to ensure anonymity and focus on the work.

After reviewing the work of all applicants through four or five rounds, the Panel will submit a list of recommended finalists to the EFA Studio Program.

Phase 2: Selection of Finalists and Alternates
Applicants chosen as finalists by the Artistic Merit Selection Panel will be notified by email or mail by March 1, 2020 and invited to EFA for a membership interview. They will be asked for the following additional application materials at that time:

  • Two Letters of Reference: One reference to demonstrate financial responsibility (e.g. a landlord) and one reference to demonstrate commitment to a professional art career.
  • Statement of Intent: A statement indicating why you are applying for Studio Program membership.
  • Financial Information: If you are applying for a subsidized space you will be required to file a provided personal financial statement and full Federal Income Tax returns for the last 2 years you filed taxes. (e.g. 2017 & 2018)
  • Additional Information About Studio Needs/ Preferences: We will try to accommodate your preferences to ensure that your studio is the best space for your specific practice. For example, do you need a studio with or without windows?

Phase 3: Selected Artists Move In
Accepted finalists will view available studios and fill out all required membership paperwork in order to take possession of their new studio spaces at EFA Studios by May 1, 2020.

About EFA RBPMW Studio Immersion Project

Studio Immersion Project (SIP) is an intense summer fellowship designed to introduce artists from multiple disciplines to printmaking. SIP invites artists seeking creative exploration through printmaking, regardless of expertise, to apply their creative knowledge and conceptual goals to the print medium.

Selected artists are each provided 3 months of access (June-July-August) to a community and professional printmaking workspace, a monthly stipend, a materials stipend, three printmaking workshops, and assistance from EFA RBPMW staff and monitors.  SIP has little or no out of pocket expenditures for artists while maximizing technical assistance in EFA RBPMW’s fully stocked and equipped intaglio, relief, lithography, and digital media workspace.

Location
EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop is located in the EFA Center at 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.

SIP Award Description
1 year EFA RBPMW membership
3 months unlimited EFA RBPMW studio access
Monthly stipend
Materials stipend
6 session SIP Orientation Program
Includes: In depth studio orientation, basic intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, relief and monotype techniques.
3 EFA RBPMW classes picked from Summer Class Schedule
Group exhibition in 20|20 Gallery the summer after fellowship year
Scheduled project consultation with EFA RBPMW staff printers
3 month material & supply storage
Access to exhibition and portfolio exchange opportunities through EFA RBPMW membership

Eligibility
Eligibility is limited to artists living and working in New York State that have no affiliation with any institution as a full or part time student, be in a residency program during the time of the SIP fellowship, nor have received any other fellowship from EFA RBPMW in the past 2 years. 

Prior printmaking experience is not required. Artists working in other media are greatly encouraged to apply.


Selection Process

Artists of any race, gender, ethnicity, creed, or socioeconomic background are encouraged to apply.  Selection is based on artistic merit determined by an independent 5 person interdisciplinary panel of art professionals in a blind jury. All jurors names will be made public following the announcement of selected participants.


Deadlines and Notification Process

All applications must be submitted online by or before Monday, December 14, 2019. All applicants will receive an automatic email response after successfully completing their application.  Finalists will be notified for an interviews by min-March. Please do not call the office for selection results. 


Application Instructions

All applications must include the following:

1. Work Samples and Image List

2. Current Resume / CV

3. Statement of Intent

 

1. Work Samples and Image List

 Work Samples can b one of the three options:

- 10 jpg images

- 5 minutes of video

- 5 jpg images and 2.5 minutes of video

Applicants Submitting Images:

- All images should be in jpg format. Maximum size: 1000 pixels in any direction. This is the optimal size for good image quality and fast upload.

-Save images as: "yourlastname_yourfirstname_01.jpg" (Ex. Morandi_Giorgio_01.jpg)


Applicants Submitting Video:

- Video samples must include a link (URL) to video WITHOUT the artist’s name.

- You may submit a link to a video posted on any website, including YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Just make sure that there are no privacy settings prohibiting the viewing of the video. If there is a password, PLEASE include it in the space provided.

- DO NOT include your name in your title image or in the credits of your time based piece.

Here is a page explaining private videos on

YouTube:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177

...and for Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/help/faq/managing-your-videos/privacy-settings


Image List You will be prompted to enter the title, date, medium, and dimensions for all images submitted. For video submissions, please include the title, duration and description of the sample provided.


2. Resume/CV 

- Please submit and save your Resume/CV as      a .pdf  file as: Yourlastname_Yourfirstname_CV.pdf” (ex.      Morandi_Giorgio_CV.pdf)


3. Statement of Intent

- Describe your practice and how you think      printmaking might contribute to your current work in 100 words or      less. 

- Save your statement as a .pdf file as: “Yourlastname_Yourfirstname_Statement” (ex.      Morandi_Giorgio_Statement.pdf) 

 

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