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 submissions twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 29, 2020, and the following will be July 22, 2020. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of February and the end of August respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2022 or later.
Your submission should include:
1. Work Samples
Images: 8 to 10 .jpg or .tiff images. 1000px maximum in any direction.
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).
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 scissor 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.
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.
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 is $20/day.
To apply, send the following as in a PDF format (Word documents will not be accepted):
1/ Cover letter
3/ One writing sample (3 pages maximum)
The work exchange is 30 hours of work per month in exchange for a studio and use of the Fabrication Shop and Media Lab. Most work can be done during evening hours. Position will start in November 1st with a 3-month trial period. The Work Exchange Artist will have the same benefits as the Studio Program Artists, which includes the opportunity to participate in open studios and other planned visits with invited arts professionals. Media Systems Manager should see this as an opportunity to join a community of creative people who are committed to helping Smack Mellon’s programmatic and organizational growth.
The Media Systems Manager should have advanced technical skills in the areas of media exhibitions installation, AV event management, Apple computer maintenance and software, and IT networking. The position requires an ability to manage projects, prioritize work and work independently and in a team effectively. Multiple demands with competing deadlines will come from staff and Studio Artists. Duties include:
• Maintain and upgrade media systems and specialized institutional technology in administrative office, gallery, and Artist Studio Program Media Lab.
• Orient Studio Artists in the use of Media Lab’s systems and equipment.
• Work with artists, musicians, guest curators and Smack Mellon staff to plan and produce video/audio exhibitions.
• Install and run video and audio equipment for exhibitions, public programs, and other Smack Mellon events on and off site, including the annual benefit.
• Manage the loan of equipment and install equipment for Studio Artists for presentation of their work in their studios.
• Remain informed of new developments in related technology and make recommendations for upgrades.
• Assist with the technical components of Smack Mellon’s website, online application systems for Artist Studio Program and exhibition programs, and help prepare artists’ submission images and videos for panel viewing.
Work Experience Requirements:
At least three years of experience in maintenance and programming of gallery A/V systems, or equivalent.
• Working knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, video editing software, and Google Cloud.
• Knowledge of the use of these hardware tools: audio mixing consoles, audio amplification systems, wood-working tools, internet networking hardware.
• Demonstrated diagnostic and problem solving skills.
• Very familiar with current digital media standards, data projection, sound systems, wireless integration, network connectivity.
• Helpful attitude and desire to share expertise and knowledge with artists to help them create and present their work in the way that they conceive.
• Must be able to work from a ladder and lift 40 pounds.
• Must be willing to operate a scissor lift without fear of heights.
Please send a cover letter and a resume that includes your work experience in this area. Also include an artist CV or a link to your artist website.