Open Call

Call for Exhibition Proposals: Visual AIDS Summer Exhibition 2020

Visual AIDS

With Funding
Free / No Costs
New York, United States


Visual AIDS is looking for proposals that use art to examine the relationship between HIV and contemporary culture, contemplate the deep cultural history of AIDS, art and activism, and highlight the work of artists living with HIV. Previous exhibitions have explored themes such as HIV criminalization, everyday art practices, the intersection of nightlife and HIV/AIDS activism, love as activism, believing in the unknown, measuring the undetectable, and using text as image to contemplate mixed messages. Curators are strongly encouraged to consider the work of artists in Visual AIDS’ online Artist+ Registry. Proposals should be a 1-2 page description of the exhibition that includes a list of possible artists; a working timeline for the exhibition to open Summer 2020; general budget considerations for shipping and/or art production; and a C.V. Email proposals to with email subject line "Curatorial Proposal 2019: [Name of Applicant(s)]"

Number of Participants

Writers, artists, community leaders and other cultural workers who can demonstrate an ability to curate an exhibition are welcome to apply. We are open to accepting applications from individuals as well as teams and pairs.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 01, 2020 - September 01, 2020


  • $15,000.00 material budget (one-time)
  • $2,000.00 stipend (one-time)




No meals

Public Programs





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Program Description

Visual AIDS will provide up to a $15,000 exhibition budget, an exhibition venue in NYC, a $2000 honorarium per curator, and administrative support, along with connection to Visual AIDS artist members and information about HIV/AIDS and related contemporary issues. Curators need not be based in New York, however they will need to be easily accessible. Organizing, planning and installation are expected to be “hands-on.” Successful proposals will illustrate an eye for detail, and an ability to communicate and understand workload management. Curators are expected to be involved in all aspects of exhibition planning, including contacting artists, organizing artwork shipment, installation and deinstallation, and coordinating the publication. Previous experience curating exhibitions is a plus but not mandatory. A successful proposal will engage contemporary artists and art in innovative ways, while ensuring underrepresented issues and communities are involved.

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