Portfolio Smack Mellon Solo Exhibition Proposals
International Deadline: Ongoing – Smack Mellon welcomes proposals from emerging and underrecognized mid-career artists. Proposals will be considered for both Gallery One (the larger front space) and Gallery Two (the smaller back space). For Gallery One we encourage site-specific projects and installations that respond to the unusual architecture of the space. Only artists who do not have commercial gallery representation in New York City will be considered.
We accept exhibition proposals on a rolling basis, reviewing submissions periodically through the year. We will be considering submissions for 2024 and later.
Smack Mellon is interested in presenting exhibitions that consider social, political, and environmental issues and formal presentations that are relevant to our time. Through our exhibition program, we seek to support experimental, boundary-breaking work and artists that have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to their practice.
Your submission should include:
1. Work Samples You may include up to ten (10) images and/or three (3) videos that are representative of your artistic career and the work in your proposal. Images should be saved as .jpeg or .png, 1000px maximum in any direction. Videos should be an excerpt of no longer than 2 minutes each. Please DO NOT submit video documentation of exhibitions. We will make exceptions if the exhibition contains video installation (IE: not a single channel video), performance, or other time based elements that cannot be captured by an image.
2. Image information There will be space below each image to provide information about the work. For still images: Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words). For video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).
3. CV Please include exhibitions, residencies, awards, and related projects as well as educational background. Please do not include employment history unless it is directly relevant to the proposed project. PDF only.
4. Proposal as one single PDF, including the following:
- Where the project will take place. You may submit a proposal for either Gallery One (the large space) or Gallery Two (the smaller space). Your proposed project cannot take up both spaces.
- General artist statement (250 words or less)
- Description of the proposed work (500 words or less) that includes a concise explanation of the exhibition concept, and how it will be presented in the gallery space.
- Drawing(s) or mock-up(s) of the proposed project. This should give us a sense of how you envision using the space.
*Note, it is helpful for the reviewers to know why you are interested in Smack Mellon as the site for your work.
A floorplan is available for download HERE
The side view of Gallery One (the large space) is available HERE
Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their artwork to the gallery and for the execution and installation of their artwork. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. We will hire up to two freelance preparators to help with the installation of the artwork, but the amount of time available to each artist is limited. Smack Mellon has media equipment available for our exhibitions. Equipment details and installation specifics will be discussed after the proposal has been accepted for further consideration.
Artists are required to do a site visit at Smack Mellon’s space before a proposal is accepted. Smack Mellon does not provide a budget for shipping, transportation, or specific production costs, so please take this into account. Smack Mellon provides an artist fee for all exhibitions, the amount of which depends on the gallery space and funding for that year.
Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 834-8761