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Open Call to District Curators


Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Overview:  The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) invites curators residing in the District of Columbia to propose an exhibition concept to present in the CAH Gallery located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE.  This new initiative seeks to support local curators in the development of innovative exhibition proposals that have robust educational, cultural, and/or conceptual components.

Proposed Exhibition Dates:  Exhibition may occur any time between April 3 and June 1, 2017.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Eligibility:  Individual curators or lead curators of a curatorial team must demonstrate District residency of at least one year at the time of the application deadline. Proposals for solo, duo or group exhibitions are acceptable. Curators must be over the age of 18.

Budget: Curator(s) will be awarded a grant of $15,000 to execute the selected project.

Grant Application Procedure:

To get started, go to the Apply for Grants page and select the Grant Application Portal in order to register. For new applicants, select “Sign Up Today”. For applicants with an existing account, select “Sign In”. In the event of forgotten login information, the password can be reset by selecting “Forgot your password?”

Once fully registered, applicants must select District Arts & Humanities Initiative (Individuals) to complete application questions and upload all required documents, supplementary material, and work samples.


January 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST Deadline for Submissions
April 3, 2017 Earliest available date for delivery of artwork to CAH Gallery
April 3 - 6, 2017 Earliest available date range for the installation of exhibition
April 7, 2017 Earliest available date to hold an opening reception
TBD (include proposed dates in application) Public Programming
June 1, 2017 Latest possible date for Show Close & De-Installation Period


Zoma Wallace, Curator
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]
(202) 724-5613

Ron Humbertson, Art Collection Registrar
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]
(202) 724-5613

*Complete guidelines for this call may be accessed here or by downloading the PDF document below.