curatorial intensive

Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

Program Dates: January 26–February 1, 2018


ICI, in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, presents the fourth Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. This ongoing partnership with CACNO represents ICI’s long-term commitment to New Orleans and the greater Gulf of Mexico region. The Intensive will take place concurrently with the citywide triennial Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.

The Curatorial Intensive, a weeklong professional development program, 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 a project into a full proposal. It is a unique opportunity to forge a close network of peers and embark on future collaborations. 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, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Dean Daderko (Curator, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston), Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Co-Director, Beta-Local, San Juan), Katie Pfohl (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art), Andrea Phillips (theorist and curator, BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI) and Deborah Willis (Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York 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. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists under consideration. 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.

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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.



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 ICI’s Leadership Council, 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 several scholarship packages available to all curators. In partnership with the Joyce Foundation to support richer diversity in the curatorial field, scholarships are available to African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, or Native American (ALAANA) curators based in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. 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.

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