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Open Call: Viewing Program 20/21

Viewing Program 20/21, a new initiative that builds upon the organization’s forty-year history of offering opportunities and support to contemporary artists, offers sixty participating artists mentorship in the form of virtual studio visits by The Drawing Center’s Artist in Residence, Lisa Sigal, and portfolio reviews by The Drawing Center’s curatorial team. From this pool of sixty artists, six will be selected by The Drawing Center’s curators to host an online public program centered on a single drawing.

An open call for applications to Viewing Program 20/21 will run from October 19 through November 30, 2020.

Viewing Program 20/21 continues The Drawing Center’s longstanding support of contemporary drawing practices and practitioners. In 1977 the organization initiated its original Viewing Program, in which artists from around the globe submitted their portfolios to The Drawing Center’s artist in residence, and were considered for inclusion in Selections, an exhibition series that featured drawings by emerging talents. In 2013, The Drawing Center initiated Open Sessions, a residency program that provided artists the opportunity to participate in an ongoing dialogue with their peers through public events and exhibitions. Many artists who participated in these programs have since made significant contributions to the field of contemporary art, including Zoe Beloff, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Liz Collins, Danielle Dean, Marcel Dzama, Katharina Grosse, Steffani Jemison, Guadalupe Maravilla, Harold Mendez, Julie Mehretu, Ronny Quevedo, Johanna Unzueta, Rodrigo Valenzueal, and Erwin Wurm.

  • Eligibility

    • Drawing should be central to the applicant’s body of work

    • Applications are open to artists worldwide

    • Applications from individuals who have participated in prior programs or exhibitions at The Drawing Center will not be considered

    • Applications from individuals presently enrolled in an academic program will not be considered

  • Timeline

    • An open call for applications begins on October 19, 2020

    • Deadline for applications is November 30, 2020

    • Selected artists will be notified on December 22, 2020

  • Additional Details

    • Sixty artists will be selected to participate in virtual studio visits, via Zoom, with The Drawing Center’s Artist in Residence, Lisa Sigal

    • From this pool of sixty artists, six will be selected by The Drawing Center’s curators to make online presentations centered on a single drawing

    • Selected artists will be compensated for their presentations

  • Application Instructions

    • Artist CV

    • 12–15 high-resolution images of drawings or 5 minutes of video, or 2.5 minutes of video and 6 still images

    • Response to the question: How does drawing relate to your artistic practice? (200 word maximum)



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