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Guidelines for Mid-Career Artists

Smack Mellon reviews submissions from Mid-Career Artists wishing to have their work considered for solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. We define a mid-career artist as someone who has been working as an artist for over 12 years (excluding student years). We support mid-career artists who are without commercial representation in New York.

We accept applications for Mid-Career Artist proposals twice a year–in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 22, 2020, and the following will be July 22, 2020. Applications will be posted online through Submittable at least six weeks prior to the deadline. To access the application portal, click on the “Submit” button to the left. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of February and the end of August respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2022 or later.

Please read the guidelines below before beginning the application process.


1. Work Samples
All work samples should be labeled with last name, underscore, first name, underscore, image number. For example: Smith_Jane_01

Images: 8 to 10 images saved as .jpeg or .tiff. 
Video: Maximum of 3 video clips no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to view. Only moving images, ie. time-based media, video art, kinetic art, or performance art should be submitted. Videos of exhibition documentation or artistic process will not be considered.

2. Work Sample List
For Images: The numbers on the Work Sample List should correspond with the numbers in the image file names. 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. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artist Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

If you are interested in proposing a site-specific piece or exhibition, use the online application here.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing, and de-installing their own work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work requiring a scissor lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our staff may also assist artists with installation of complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork and the equipment and resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

Bonnie Collura 
January 12 – February 24, 2019

Rudy Shepherd
Everything in the Universe is My Brother
January 13– February 25 2018

Paula Wilson
Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca
September 29 – November 4, 2018

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