Request for Curatorial Proposals from Los Angeles-Based Practitioners for 2019 Presentation
This new program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and gives an opportunity for an emerging curator to partner with LACE. Applicants are reviewed by a panel that will recommend projects to the LACE team. For the third installment of LACE’s Emerging Curators Program one project will be selected for presentation in early 2019. The panel will select a compelling project that is consistent with LACE’s experimental spirit.
It is expected that submissions may be very open in nature because of the generous planning time allotted. The LACE team will work with the selected Emerging Curator in developing the project as it evolves over the planning year, and to collaborate on programming to insure the work reaches its intended audiences. The project must be designed with a $5,000 budget in mind. LACE will provide space, exhibition consultation, installation expertise and assistance, and marketing and promotion of the project.
Review Panelists for 2017 Submissions
Cassils is from Montreal, Canada and based in Los Angeles. Cassils is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and MU Eindhoven, Netherlands. Cassils’ work has also been featured at the key art for the blockbuster exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Schwules Museum*, DE, The National Theatre as part of the SPILL Festival of Performance, U.K. and the ANTI Contemporary Performance Festival, FI. Cassils is the recipient of a Guggenhime Fellowship (2017), a COLA Fellowship (2017) and a Creative Capital Award (2015). They have also received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (2002-2016), a Alpert Visiting Artist Fellowship from Syracuse University (2016), California Community Foundation Grant, and a MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award. Cassils has lectured at museums, universities and colleges across the globe such as Goldsmiths University, U.K; Stanford University and the New School Parsons. Cassils films have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Utah, Out Fest, Los Angeles and the Institute for Contemporary Art, London.
Naima J. Keith joined the California African American Museum (CAAM) in 2016 to guide the curatorial and education departments as well as marketing and communications. During her tenure at CAAM, Keith has also curated Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space (2016), Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses (2016) and Kenyatta Hinkle: The Evanesced (2017). She is the 2017 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of her contributions to the field of African American art history.
Previously an associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2011–16), her notable exhibitions include: Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street (2016), Artists in Residence 2014–2015 (2015), Samuel Levi Jones: Unbound (2015), Titus Kaphar (2014), Glenn Kaino (2014), and Robert Pruitt (2013), The Shadows Took Shape (co-curated with Zoe Whitley, 2013), Fore (co-curated with Lauren Haynes and Thomas J. Lax, 2012). Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989(2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York” award by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). Between 2008–11, Keith worked as a curatorial fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, serving as the primary contact for the groundbreaking exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, organized by guest curator Kellie Jones. She has lectured at the Zoma Contemporary Art Center, Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, USC, MCA Denver, and Brooklyn Museum. Her essays have been featured in publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, Hammer Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, LAXART, MoMA PS1, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Keith holds degrees from Spelman College and UCLA and is a proud native of Los Angeles.
Alma Ruiz is Senior Fellow at Sotheby’s Institute of Art/Claremont Graduate University and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami. She is former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles and has curated numerous exhibitions focusing on the postwar period in Italy and Latin America, as well as on emerging artists. In addition to having served as a guest curator at the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., and the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, Ruiz has acted as a juror for numerous exhibitions and biennials in the United States and Latin America, including the V Panama Biennial, the Tamayo Biennial in Mexico City, and the Second Exhibition of Central American Emerging Artists in San Jose, Costa Rica. Ruiz has also been a panelist for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, Creative Capital Foundation in New York, and the U.S. Fund for Culture in Mexico City. She was the curator of the 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, in 2016.
Guidelines for Curatorial Proposals
- Applications may be submitted by an individual or curatorial team but must be based in the Los Angeles region
- Online applications only; no in-person submissions are accepted.
- Applicants are limited to one submission; there is no submission fee.
- Submissions must be consistent with LACE’s tradition of supporting experimental projects.
- Visuals are optional but encouraged; include PDFs or web links.
- Proposals are limited to a maximum one-page description.
- Label all pages of submission with Last Name, First Name on header.
- The panel may request the submission of additional materials at a later date.
- Curators with artistic practices should not submit their own work.
How to Apply
Complete the brief application form below and submit a maximum one-page description of your project. Visuals may be attached or links to work may be included. Email all submission materials to email@example.com.
November 1, 2017 – Deadline for submissions (Please submit no earlier than October 15)
March 1, 2018 – Applicants notified via email
January 2019 – Project presented by emerging curator
Support for this program is provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.