August 6, 2015

Fellows of Contemporary Art is pleased to offer an open call for curatorial submissions for its Curator’s Laboratory program which originated with Catherine “Kitty” Chester’s generous gift to FOCA in 2007. FOCA is now publicly seeking proposals for the next season of exhibitions with engaging curatorial concepts that will take place at FOCA’s Chinatown exhibition space in January, May and September of 2016.

Fellows of Contemporary Art is an independent art organization that collaborates with the art community at large and nurtures the expression of creative freedom in support of contemporary California art and artists.

The latest chapter in our ongoing support for California art and artists is the Curators Laboratory, an ongoing series of exhibitions at FOCA’s Chinatown location, 970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles 90012.  Since the first exhibition, “Stoneface,” in 2007 more than seventy emerging or established artists have been featured in fourteen exhibitions.  Each project involves public events and some form of documentation.

All proposals submitted by Wednesday, August 25 will be reviewed by the Curator’s Lab Committee which will select the six Award finalists who will be asked to present their proposals in person to the committee on Saturday, October 3, 2015.  At that presentation the committee will choose the three award recipients for the 2016 exhibits.  Group exhibitions are highly preferred.  The word “curator” is loosely defined and may include artists, writers or others who conceive of and organize an exhibit.

If you have an exhibition proposal you would like us to consider, please include the following in your proposal:

  1. A one page narrative expressing your curatorial concept.
  2. A budget that outlines how FOCA’s $1,000 Curator’s Lab Award would be used to support the project.
  3. Information about the artists you plan to involve (names, email addresses and phone numbers), and information about the works proposed.
  4. An event you would plan during the run of the exhibit.
  5. A proposed publication for FOCA’s archives.

Supplemental materials will be accepted in the following formats:

  1. CD containing digital images, i.e., jpeg format
  2. Photographic prints

Please send your proposal to:
Curators Laboratory Committee
Fellows of Contemporary Art
970 N. Broadway, Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you have questions please contact Connie McCreight, Curators Laboratory Chair at (323) 717-4729 or by email

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We thank you for your interest,

Curators Laboratory Committee