Curator’s Lab Open Call for Curatorial Submissions

FOCA is pleased to offer an open call for curatorial submissions for its Curator's Laboratory program.  We are currently looking for exhibitions with engaging curatorial concepts that will take place at FOCA's Chinatown exhibition space in 2013.

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.  FOCA’s Curator’s Exhibition Awards have provided funding for forty-five exhibitions which have shown at forty-seven venues nationwide. Since 2006, FOCAFellowships have been awarded to six mid-career California artists.

The latest chapter in our ongoing support for California art and artists is the Curator’s Laboratory, an ongoing series of exhibitions at FOCA’s Chinatown office, 970 North Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles 90012. Since the first exhibition, “Stoneface,” in 2007, curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Stacy Bengtson Fertig, the works of more than thirty emerging or established artists have been featured in eight exhibitions.  Each project involves public events and some form of documentation.  More information about Curator’s Lab projects can be found at

Originating with Catherine “Kitty” Chester’s generous gift to the Fellows, FOCA is now publicly seeking proposals for the next season of exhibitions.  FOCA’s Curator’s Lab committee is looking for exhibits with strong curatorial concepts involving California-based artists that would take place in 2013.

All proposals submitted by Wednesday, August 15, 2012 will be reviewed by the committee which will select the Curator’s Laboratory Award recipients and schedule the exhibits.  Group exhibitions are preferred.  The word “curator” is loosely defined and may include artists or 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:
A one page narrative expressing your curatorial concept.
A budget that outlines how FOCA’s $1,000 Curator’s Award would be used to support the project.
Information about the artists you plan to involve: artists’ first and last names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, titles of work(s), year executed, media, and dimensions.
An event you would plan during the run of the exhibit.
A publication for FOCA’s  archives.

Supplemental materials will be accepted in the following formats:
CD containing digital images, i.e., jpeg format
Photographic prints

Send your proposal to:

Curator’s Laboratory Committee
Fellows of Contemporary Art
970 North Broadway, Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Submissions must be received by Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Candidates will be asked to make a presentation to the Curator’s Laboratory Committee before final selections are made. If you have questions please contact Donna Gottlieb, Curator’s Laboratory Chair at 310-557-0713.

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