Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Programs
Smack Mellon's Exhibition Program is at the center of the organization. Designed to advance public interest in the visual arts, the program focuses on providing opportunities for artists to create site-specific works that creatively respond to our space, and work that explores innovative uses of both new technologies and traditional materials. The gallery space provides for large, ambitious shows that allow our artists ample room to explore and present their work. Exhibiting artists also have unlimited access to Smack Mellon’s in-house media equipment. On average, Smack Mellon produces five exhibitions a year showcasing the work of more than 50 artists for 20,000 visitors. We also produce on average one exhibit per year by an emerging guest curator. The gallery, which is free to the public, is open five days a week.

The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. This program provides free studio space, access to a workshop for metal, wood and general fabrication, a common area equipped with the latest technology, and a fellowship (dependent on funding) to six artists for an eleven-month period. Each year, Smack Mellon convenes a panel of arts professionals to select the six Studio Artists from over 600 applicants. The panel also chooses approximately 15 additional “Hot Picks” artists, whose work is featured on our website for one year, along with that of our studio artists. Smack Mellon hosts two Open Studios events annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists, which provide significant exposure and invaluable career building opportunities. 

In 2007 we developed Arts Education Programs for local youth, in order to better prepare underserved young people for the professional world and to expose them to diverse artistic disciplines. Our Art Ready after-school program partners high school students with professional artists in NYC for a series of studio visits, field trips and a 4-month mentorship in order to help them make a more informed decision about pursuing a career in the arts.  

Smack Mellon reviews submissions from Mid-Career Artists wishing to  have their work considered for solo, two-person, or group  exhibitions. We define a mid-career artist as someone who has been  working as an artist for over 12 years (excluding student years). We support mid-career artists who are without commercial gallery representation in New York.

We accept applications for Mid-Career Artist proposals twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is July 24, 2019, and the following will be January 22, 2020. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of August and the end of February respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2021 or later.

Your submission should include:

1. Work Samples
Images: 8 to 10 .jpg or .tiff images. 1000px maximum in any direction.
And/Or
Video: Maximum of 3 video clips no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to view. Only moving images, ie. time-based media, video art, kinetic art, or performance art should be submitted. Videos of exhibition documentation or artistic process will not be considered.

2. Work Sample List
For Images: The numbers on the Work Sample List should correspond with the numbers in the image file names. Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

For Video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

3. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artist Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and  installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they  are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and  de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff  of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work  requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance.  Our staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated  projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their  work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and  resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after  the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under  consideration.

Smack Mellon is interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and highly encourages site-specific projects. These proposals can be considered for any show at Smack Mellon. Only artists who do not have commercial gallery representation in New York will be considered.

We accept applications for Site-Specific Projects twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is July 24, 2019, and the following will be January 22, 2020. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of August and the end of February respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2021 or later.

Your submission should include:

1. Work Samples
Six (6) images and/or three (3) videos that are representative of your artistic career. Images should be saved as .jpeg or .tiff, 1000px maximum in any direction. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to review. Please number each work sample file to correspond to the work sample list.

2. Work Sample List
Numbers on the work sample list should correspond with the numbers in the work sample file names.
For Images: Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).
For Video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

3. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address along with exhibition and educational background.

4. Artists' Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

5. Site-Specific Statement with a description of the proposed work and an explanation of the idea and how it relates to the space. You may submit a proposal for either Gallery One (the large space) or Gallery Two (the smaller space). Your proposed project cannot take up both spaces.

6. A Drawing of the proposed project.

7. A Map of the space marking where your project would ideally be placed. You can download this map here.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

ART READY: Smack Mellon’s Professional Artist Mentorship Program for High School Students

ELIGIBILITY: Open to students in grades 10-12, attending NYC public high schools 

PROGRAM DATES: October 30, 2019 to May 13, 2020

PROGRAM TIMES: Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm

LOCATION: Smack Mellon Gallery, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

From November through mid-January, the group will meet at Smack Mellon and will depart for studio visits at 4:00pm. From late January through May, students will go directly from school to their Artist Mentor’s Studio.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Becky Sellinger at 718-834-8761 or artready@smackmellon.org


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – The Program is FREE for Participants

Overview

Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program brings high school aged artists in 10th to 12th grades into the studios of NYC’s most innovative and inspiring cultural makers. The program is open to students attending NYC public high schools. 

Art Ready operates during the school year and includes a series of studio visits with emerging and established artists; a series of field trips to museums and galleries; a portfolio prep workshops; and a four-month arts mentorship. Art Ready connects up to twenty-one high school students with seven diverse artists, to gain practical experience working with professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines. There is no fee to participate, and all expenses, including museum admissions, transportation and food, are paid.

Art Ready engages young people in a way no other arts education program does. It pairs students directly with working artists; the students learn firsthand over the course of a school year what it is to be an artist in the artist’s studio. Working as mentors, the artists provide professional and creative guidance as the students make decisions about their futures in the arts. Mentor/teaching artists tutor the students in their creative process, introduce them to new ways of working, and engage them in continuous critical reflection.

About the Organization

Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore, and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve. In 2007, Smack Mellon initiated Art Ready to extend its artistic services to creative high school students.

Group Visits

From October 30th until May 13th, the group of high school students visit Artist Mentor studios and arts institutions with the guidance of Smack Mellon’s mentorship program manager. Art Ready visits artists in the fields of graphic design, sculpture, painting, video, photography, collage, and drawing. Visits take place Wednesday afternoons 4:00-6:30pm.

Artist Mentorships

After the group has visited all the Mentors, each student works with one Artist Mentor from late January through May in the Mentor’s studio. Students attend their mentorships in groups of up to 4 students, from 4:00-6:30pm on Wednesdays. Our Artist Mentors are a varied group of professionals that represent the ethnic and artistic diversity of NYC. In keeping with Smack Mellon’s mission, a majority of the Mentors are women. Our Mentors are also selected based on their interest in sharing their knowledge, experience and skills with students, and all have prior teaching or mentoring experience. All are successful in their field.

Field Trips

During the mentorship period students continue to meet as a group for gallery and museum trips. Past field trips have included a tour of the Brooklyn Museum, a trip to the NADA art fair, and an art-making workshop at Urban Glass.

Final Exhibition

Art Ready culminates in an exhibition of work created during the program in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space. Smack Mellon hosts an evening opening reception for students, mentors, families, and friends that is also advertised to the general public.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please answer the questions on all sections of the application honestly and to the best of your ability. The information in your application is strictly confidential and will only be used by Smack Mellon staff and mentors for the purpose of best meeting the needs of our program participants. You must also provide the name and contact info for a teacher or counselor at your school or another youth program who can be contacted as a reference. Finalists will be interviewed and up to 20 students will be selected with these criteria in mind: their interest in pursuing a career in the arts, their ability to attend every session and complete a 4-month mentorship, and the quality of their application.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

Part 1: Completed Application Form

Part 2: Completed Essay Questions

Part 3: Two (2) Artwork Samples labeled with your name

Part 4: Release Form signed by a Parent/Guardian (will be emailed to applicants upon completion of this form)

Part 5: Permission to Use Photographs Release Form signed by a Parent/Guardian (will be emailed to applicants upon completion of this form)

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon's mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career, and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Smack Mellon is located between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, on the East River waterfront in DUMBO Brooklyn. Our 12,000 sq ft facility includes a 5000 sq ft gallery, an office, and a storage space on the upper level and artists studios, fabrication shop, media lab, and kitchen on the lower level. 


Internships
Smack Mellon has internships available for college students and recent college graduates looking for experience working in a nonprofit gallery.  We offer the unique opportunity to learn about running a non-profit organization with a gallery, artist studio space program, and education program serving local teens. Because we are a small organization, interns will have the chance to learn through direct contact with the Executive Director, Director of Exhibitions, Programs Manager, and artists.

The schedule can be flexible, but all interns are expected to commit 8-16 hours per week for 3 months. We review applications on a rolling basis. At the moment we are focused on applications for Spring 2019 (March-June). During this time, interns will work with Smack Mellon staff on a variety of projects in the office, as well as independently-driven projects. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and be extremely self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, energetic and hardworking with strong computer skills. Mac proficient in Word and Photoshop is a must and knowledge of other programs is a plus.
Interns will assist with:


-Office administration: updating website, press kits, info books...
-Assisting with membership outreach and mailings
-Maintaining archive and photographing events
-Assisting with Studio Program (residency) selection panels as needed
-General gallery maintenance--repairing gallery walls and other physical aspects involoved in maintaining the gallery
-Special events and openings 


Stipend
Stipend is $20/day.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following as in a PDF format (Word documents will not be accepted):
1/ Cover letter
2/ Resume
3/ One writing sample (3 pages maximum)

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