About the Program 

The Curatorial Initiative reflects DCAC's commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under-recognized artists. Each year, an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in the process of planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced mentor curator. The program results in two exhibitions each year at the DC Arts Center, located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In the spring, the mentor curator selects artists and plans an exhibition and accompanying catalog with the assistance of the apprentice; in the winter, the roles are reversed and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor.

By nurturing new curators, DCAC hopes to bring fresh perspectives into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

Program Timeline

February 2022: Selection of Apprentice Curator
Spring 2022: Mentor-led Exhibition
Winter 2022: Apprentice Curator Exhibition


Mentor Curator for 2022: Claudia Rousseau

About the Mentor Curator

Claudia Rousseau is an art historian, independent curator and art critic. Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Rousseau completed a B.A. in Art History at Hunter College (C.U.N.Y.), and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. Arriving in Maryland in 2001, she taught art history at the Maryland College of Art and Design and later joined the art faculty at Montgomery College where currently she is Professor Emerita. An internationally published scholar of Renaissance and Modern art, she is Editor-at-Large of East City Art and frequent contributor to that online art magazine covering art exhibits in Washington DC and surrounding areas. Dr. Rousseau has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions in the DC region, and she continues to serve on the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee of the AHCMC, as well as the Art Review Panel of the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission for Public Art. Since 2010, she has been a juried member of the prestigious International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her writing on art.


APPLICATION MATERIALS  

Applicants must have a strong desire to participate in the program and be willing to work with the mentor’s schedule. They should demonstrate strong writing skills and an appreciation for the visual arts. No prior curatorial experience is required. The second round of the application process will involve in-person interviews with select applicants conducted by the mentor curator and the program manager of DCAC; however, the final selection is left to the mentor curator. 

Please fill out the form below and upload the following materials:

1. A current CV or résumé (as a .pdf or .doc file).

2. A writing sample (as a .pdf or .doc file). There are no specific requirements for the writing sample, but you might consider submitting a piece of academic writing, a curatorial or artistic statement, a past grant proposal, an exhibition review, or other type of writing that demonstrates your interest and ability in writing about contemporary art.
Note: The form asks for a statement of interest in DCAC's Curatorial Initiative and curating in Washington, DC, as well as two (2) references with names, phone numbers, and email addresses. 


DEADLINE: January 31, 2022
QUESTIONS? Email info@dcartscenter.org

DC Arts Center accepts proposals from artists and curators on a rolling basis. Artists may submit their own work in order to be considered for a solo exhibition or inclusion in a group exhibition. Curators may submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions. If you are a curator interested in submitting an exhibition proposal, please submit your proposal through the curatorial proposal form

Proposals are reviewed by DCAC's Visual Arts Committee on quarterly basis. Once your proposal is received, our gallery manager may reach out to you to schedule a studio visit or meeting with members of the Visual Arts Committee. 

Exhibitions are generally scheduled 6 to 12 months in advance. 

We are open to applications from all artists working seriously in their field and do not discriminate according to politics, race, age, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Artist statement, image list, and CV/resume should be uploaded as .pdf or .doc files. 

Images should be submitted as .jpg files. 

Artists wishing to submit samples of video work should provide links to the samples on their website or on a video-sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube etc) in the artwork identification list.

ARTIST SUBMISSION REQUIRED MATERIAL

  • Artist statement
  • CV or Resume 
  • Image Identification List
  • 10-12 images (submitted as .jpg files)

DC Arts Center accepts proposals from artists and curators on a rolling basis. Artists may submit their own work in order to be considered for a solo exhibition or inclusion in a group exhibition. Curators may submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions. If you are an artist interested in submitting your artwork for consideration, please do so through the artist submission form

Proposals are reviewed by DCAC's Visual Arts Committee on quarterly basis. Once your proposal is received, our gallery manager may reach out to you to schedule a studio visit or meeting with members of the Visual Arts Committee. 

Exhibitions are generally scheduled 6 to 12 months in advance. Before submitting, curators should communicate with artists in order to confirm their interest in participating in the proposed exhibition.  

We are open to applications from all artists and curators working seriously in their field and do not discriminate according to politics, race, age, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

CURATORIAL PROPOSAL - REQUIRED MATERIAL

  • Curatorial Statement, outlining the exhibition concept and listing the proposed artists
  • CVs or resumes for the curator and all proposed artists
  • Artwork Identification List
  • 10-12 images of artwork samples (submitted as .jpg files)
Curatorial statement, image list, and CV/resume should be uploaded as .pdf or .doc files. 

Images should be submitted as .jpg files. 

Curators wishing to submit samples of video work should provide links to the samples on the artist's website or on a video-sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube etc) in the artwork identification list.

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