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 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. 

We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will review them on October 1, January 1, and June 1 of each year. We will respond to each group of new applicants at the end of October, January, and June.

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.  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.

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.

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 10 years. We support mid-career artists who are without commercial representation.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will review them on October 1, January 1, and June 1 of each year. We will respond to each group of new applicants at the end of October, January, and June.

Your submission should include:

1. Work Samples
Images: 8 to 10 .jpg or .tiff images.
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
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. 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)

Ends on February 26, 2018

Emerging Artists Open Call

Application Deadline: February 26, 11:59pm

Laugh Back
Curated by 
Lindsey O’Connor
July 14–August 19, 2018

In Summer 2018, Smack Mellon will present Laugh Back, a group exhibition examining the transgressive potential of women’s laughter to threaten authority.

In an increasingly authoritarian environment, laughing is an everyday gesture capable of unsettling norms, subverting power, and challenging dominant systems. This exhibition probes laughter as a symbolic space for transformation in which structures of power and repression are recognized and confronted. Focusing specifically on the practices of self-identifying women, this exhibition reframes the trope of humorless feminist resistance by focusing on everyday deployments of the absurd that disrupt presumed stable discourses.

Laugh Back will be organized by guest curator Lindsey O’Connor, whose proposal was selected through the Emerging Curator open call. To help elevate the profile of and bring greater exposure to emerging artists, this exhibition will include emerging artists alongside selected established artists. This open call is only for emerging artists, and at least half of the artists in the exhibition will be selected from this pool of applicants. An emerging artist is considered to be an artist without commercial representation who has a dedicated art practice but few opportunities to show at gallery or non-profit spaces.

Submissions will be reviewed by the guest curator and Smack Mellon staff.

Self-identifying women artists whose practice engages the defiant possibilities of humor, satire, irony, and the absurd as subversive tools for cultural change are encouraged to apply. Transdisciplinary artists and cultural producers exploring the connections between comedy, art, and activism are also of interest.

The exhibition will run from July 14 through August 19, 2018.

We welcome submissions of existing works and proposals for new projects. All media will be considered, including but not limited to 2D, 3D, sound, performance, installations, time-based, research-based, speculative projects, and public programs. All submissions will be reviewed in the order they are received.

February 26: Submission Deadline. Artists are encouraged to submit early.

April 13: Selected artists will be notified. If selected, artwork must be received at Smack Mellon between 10am and 6pm on July 9th. We recommend hand-delivering the work. Artwork can be shipped to the gallery, but Smack Mellon is unable to cover shipping or return costs. Under most circumstances artists will be expected to install their own work. Artists must pick up their work on either August 20th or 21st between 10am and 6pm.


Lindsey O’Connor
is an exhibition organizer and arts writer living in New York City. She is currently the Biennial Co-Coordinator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and has held past positions at the Guggenheim Museum, American Federation of Arts, and Biennial of the Americas. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions with Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, and the NLE Curatorial Lab in New York. Her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, CAA.Reviews, Art Papers, and Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.


Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at Smack Mellon!


Ends on February 28, 2018

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.

Job Summary
The Communications & Events Manager is charged with enhancing Smack Mellon's image through all communications and helping to promote increased attendance, heightened recognition, earned revenue through rental events, and execution of marketing and public relations plans.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and Director of Exhibitions, the Communications & Events Manager will lead Smack Mellon’s efforts to promote Smack Mellon and its exhibitions and programs, and rental program to local, national, and international media (print, electronic, and broadcast), and will oversee all aspects of media relations, marketing, and advertising for the purpose of Smack Mellon’s positioning, branding visibility, and audience and visitor growth in support of Smack Mellon’s mission and goals. The Communications & Events Manager is also responsible for maintaining and building Smack Mellon’s rental program, which is a crucial part of Smack Mellon’s fundraising initiatives. They are also responsible to continue building ongoing public interest and support for Smack Mellon’s programming; to maximize revenues through facility rental, memberships, corporate sponsorships, media sponsorships, individual donors, and other sources; and to sustain and expand the Smack Mellon’s various audiences.

We are looking for an individual with a background in the arts, marketing and/or PR and communications to help develop and manage our promotional efforts to attract a wide and diverse audience to our exhibitions and events. More specifically, we’re looking for an individual with experience and interest in managing space rentals, event production, event coordination, and/or vendor relations and who can strategically identify and attract new renters to our gallery rental program.

They will provide creative and strategic messaging in promoting Smack Mellon and all its programming and rental events program.

This position is responsible for all audience development, marketing, and communications for Smack Mellon’s programs, gallery rentals, and events.

Communications 
• Research as needed/instructed
• Manage and execute distribution of marketing materials
• Manage and program Constant Contact eblasts
• Identify media outlets to cultivate targeted audiences
• Research and draft press releases for: education initiatives & special events
• Prepare press kits and distribute as needed
• Manage photo and press info distribution
• Prepare press list for emailing invitations and press releases
• Update press contact list
• Check listings for accuracy
• Keep press books/computer files updated
• Pitch stories to relevant media outlets to fulfill strategic PR goals
• Grow and manage Smack Mellon’s social media profiles and presence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new platforms that are relevant
• Create shareable content appropriate for specific networks
• Monitor and engage in relevant social discussions about our organization
• Run regular social promotions and campaigns and track their success

Rental Program/Events
• Promote and grow rental program by exploring new ways to engage and identify new  social, print, and online networks to reach new renters
• Source and increase free advertising exposure
• Source new advertising outlets and track successfulness
• Field rental inquiries and meet with potential renters
• Build a client base from a variety of fields
• Manage all reservations and bookings
• Negotiate partnerships and evaluate vendor services
• Communicate rules and policies to contracted vendors
• Manage all incoming Certificates of Insurance from outside vendors
• Manage events, acting as building supervisor and enforcing rules of the rental contract to maintain the safety of guests and premises
• Work late up to one evening each month helping with the First Thursday gallery walk event.
• Assist with all aspects of the Annual Benefit (which takes place on May 5, 2018) and any additional fundraising events. You must be able to work Saturday May 5, 2018.
• Assist with exhibition openings.

Requirements
Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred, ideally in art history, public relations, marketing, communications, or liberal arts; or commensurate related experience.

Must have three years experience in a directly related field.

Must have excellent, demonstrated written, oral, interpersonal, and communication skills (including editing ability).

Experience with html and/or CMS a plus. The ideal candidate must be extremely organized and a self-starter. Should be able to work collaboratively within a small office environment and be comfortable with handling many tasks at once.  Should be energetic, enthusiastic and not averse to picking up a snow shovel, broom or screw gun.  Should be interested in learning how a nonprofit art organization runs and be willing to participate on every level.

Mac proficient, Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Adobe Creative Suite, and Google Analytics.

Active and well-rounded personal presence in social media with a command of each platform and its best practices.

Nonprofit experience, particularly with an art organization, is preferred. Knowledge of art press and contemporary art is important. Should have an ability to work flexibly and collaboratively. Must be able to perform effectively in a fast-paced environment with a high level of creativity, ownership, and entrepreneurship.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential responsibilities of this position may change or be changed from time to time.

This is a part time position 22 hours/week. 

This is a part time position 22 hours/week. Workdays must include Saturdays. Other workdays are flexible Wednesday - Sunday. $25,000/year.