The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists and curators in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported more than 200 emerging artists with the essential resources of space, funding, time, curatorial support, and administrative guidance to help turn their ideas into reality.

Exemplifying the spirit of SculptureCenter's mission, In Practice supports innovative artwork, fosters experimentation, and introduces audiences to underrecognized practices and new ideas. The program offers participants the opportunity to develop and present work in what is often their first institutional exhibition in New York City.

SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit museum that takes the history and legacy of sculpture as a framework from which to consider the diverse activity taking place in the field of contemporary art. SculptureCenter's program encourages artists and audiences to explore the possibilities of sculpture and the multifarious ways in which sculpture is developing and connecting to other forms of expression, including installation, video, performance, architecture, and other media.

We invite artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in spring 2022. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $300 honorarium and up to $2,000 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding.

You are proposing work for inclusion in the annual In Practice group exhibition, which will open in spring 2022.

The 2021 In Practice Open Call for Artist Proposals opened on April 19, 2021.

Proposals are due July 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.

SculptureCenter curatorial staff and a select advisory committee of artists, curators, and critics will conduct a preliminary review of proposals. A limited number of artists will be contacted for further information and/or studio visits in fall 2021.

Studio visits will be conducted and the final exhibition will be curated by the In Practice Curatorial Fellow, an emerging curator also selected through an open call application process.

All applicants will be notified of their application status by email in December 2021.

Floorplans and images of spaces available for proposals are available for download here.

View exhibition information, images, and catalogs for previous In Practice exhibitions here.

To complete your application, you will be asked for:

  • Contact information
  • CV (PDF)
  • Artist statement (up to 200 words)
  • Project proposal (up to 250 words)
  • Project budget (up to $2,000)
  • Images (up to 15 JPEGs, each under 5MB)
  • Image captions
  • Links to video/audio (up to 5) *Video/audio must be streaming; your video will not be reviewed if download is required.

We recommend completing your writing offline before beginning the submission form.

If you have questions, need more information, or encounter issues with this submission form, please first read our FAQ, then contact us by email at:

Thank you for your application!