VisArts Emerging Curator Program
* The next call for the 2022 Emerging Curator will be live on April 12, 2021. *
The VisArts Emerging Curator Program
offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator focus on developing tools, templates, technological enhancements and funding strategies to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement. VisArts provides the Emerging Curator with an exhibition budget of $10,000. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and begins every January. The selection panel includes the VisArts Curators, Artist Advisory Council, and the Mentoring Curator.
The Emerging Curator Program, which is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation, provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization. It is designed to support diverse exhibitions presenting a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches. In addition, it enhances the VisArts exhibition experience by developing educational opportunities, public programming and opportunities for community engagement through expanded use of interactive interpretive media in its gallery program.