The In Practice program supports emerging artists in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported nearly 200 emerging artists with the critical resources of space, funding, time, and administrative support to help turn their ideas into reality. Exemplifying the spirit of SculptureCenter's mission, In Practice provides new ways to discover the most innovative artwork, foster experimentation, and give participants the opportunity to develop and present work in what is often their first institutional exhibit in New York City, introducing audiences to emerging talent and new ideas.

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 January 2020. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $250 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 January 2020

The 2020 In Practice Open Call for Artist Proposals opened on March 15, 2019.

Proposals are due by 11:59pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

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 during the fall 2019. 

All applicants will be notified of their application status by email in fall 2019.

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 250 words)
  • Project proposal (up to 400 words)
  • Project budget
  • 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 in a Word document before beginning the submission form.

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

Thank you for your application!