curatorial intensive

Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

Program Dates: March 24–30, 2017


ICI returns to New Orleans this March for the third Curatorial Intensive in the city since 2015, organized as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and Prospect New Orleans, and with the Joan Mitchell Center.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other curatorial models. Building upon past iterations of the program in the city, the Intensive continues to draw from the cultural production of New Orleans and the greater Gulf of Mexico region. The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, presentations, site visits, and one-on-one meetings that support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition into a full proposal. This program is targeted toward self-motivated individuals, working independently or within institutions.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Andrea Andersson (Chief Curator of Visual Arts, CAC New Orleans), Rashida Bumbray (independent curator & choreographer, New York), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Remco de Blaaij (Senior Curator, CCA Glasgow), Shana M. griffin (activist, artist, and sociologist, New Orleans), Gia Hamilton (Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans), Rachel Ellis Neyra (theorist and Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), and Trevor Schoonmaker (Artistic Director of Prospect.4 and Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, Duke University), among others.

Application Guidelines
12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience or a similar track record of organizing art projects. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or program idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant.

For any additional questions, please email Kimberly Kitada at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About the Curatorial Intensive
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers a group of curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place annually in the U.S., and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

About CAC New Orleans
The CAC is a multi–disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. Formed in 1976 by a passionate group of visual and performing artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide, the CAC expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs that educate and enlarge audiences for the arts.

About the Joan Mitchell Center
Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center’s mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists. Through providing a forum for artists, and acting as welcoming, inclusive gathering place, the Center aspires to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation, while supporting values of community, diversity and social equity.

About Prospect New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans is a citywide triennial of contemporary art. Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, creating an optimistic cartography through the education and engagement of residents and visitors.




The Curatorial Intensive is made possible in part by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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fees & scholarships

The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Generous scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel costs are available and awarded based on merit. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application.

ICI offers a limited number of scholarships to all curators, based on merit. There is a designated scholarship for a curator based in New York. In addition, Prospect New Orleans will support the full program fee for two curators based in New Orleans. Curators of Latin American origin based anywhere in the world, are eligible to apply for The kurimanzutto Scholarship for Latin American Curators, which covers the full program fee and travel expenses. A scholarship for a curator from Mexico will be supported by Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC). An ICI / Beta-Local scholarship is available for a curator from Puerto Rico based anywhere in the world, and an ICI / TEOR/éTica scholarship is available for a curator from Central America based in the region, each covering the full program fee and a stipend for travel and accommodations. A scholarship for a curator from Turkey, based anywhere in the world, will be supported by SAHA.

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