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 accepting proposals from Curators for an Emerging Artists group exhibition in Fall 2019 (on view November 23–December 29, 2019). The deadline for curators to submit an exhibition proposal is January 16, 2019. Applicants will be notified by early February 2019. The proposal must show a history of at least three prior curatorial projects successfully presented to a public audience. 

The selected curator’s exhibition theme will be announced in the open call process for the Emerging Artists program. Curators must select 50% of their artists from the pool of emerging artists. The exhibition must include at least 60% women artists, as part of Smack Mellon’s mission to support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists.

Please read the guidelines below before beginning the application process.


Proposals for curated group shows should include:

1. Curatorial Proposal for new exhibition, including a description of the exhibition and an explanation of the curatorial theme or concept. A list of artists under consideration can also be included. The curator may not be one of the exhibition artists.

2. Resume of the Curator, which must list at least three prior curatorial projects presented to a public audience. 

3. Images of proposed artists' work to be included in the exhibition. If new work will be created for the exhibition send images of past work. A maximum of 20 still images can be submitted. We realize that at least 50% of the artists will be selected from an open call, but please include images of works by artists under consideration. 

4. Documentation of at least three past exhibitions.

5. Two writing samples (no longer than three pages each).

Smack Mellon's mission is to support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists. By presenting topical group exhibitions, we engage curators and show artists who are exploring critical social inequities and challenging the status quo around issues like racial inequality, gender variance, the environment, food justice, and education inequality, to name a few examples. We are interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourage site-specific projects. 

Smack Mellon provides curators and artists with a small stipend and sends out exhibition announcements and press releases to its mailing list. The curator is encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space in order to tailor their proposal to it. The curator must not include their own artwork in the exhibition.

The curator should realize that we expect a hands-on approach at the gallery. The curator is expected to make arrangements with the artists prior to the installation week. The curator is expected to be at the gallery throughout the full week of installation, and the curator and artists involved in the exhibition are responsible for the execution and installation of the artwork. The curator should clarify to all artists when invited to participate that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, as well as installing and de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon can assist in installation of work requiring a lift or special mounting. Our gallery 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. Our technical staff will install all of the equipment (projectors, monitors etc.) belonging to Smack Mellon. It will be the artist's responsibility to install and maintain any equipment that belongs to the artist.

Specifics about the installation of artwork and about the equipment that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration. The exhibition schedule will be discussed and confirmed with the curator if the proposal is accepted.  

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 for Site-Specific Projects twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 16, 2019, and the following will be July 17, 2019. 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 2020 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.  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 for Mid-Career Artist proposals twice a year--in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is January 16, 2019, and the following will be July 17, 2019. 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 2020 or later.

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. 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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