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 seeks proposals from Emerging Curators for Emerging Artists Summer Group Exhibition. The exhibition will take place across Smack Mellon’s two gallery spaces and is slated to open during the summer of 2023.

The Emerging Artists Summer Exhibition will be curated by a selected Emerging Curator and will be made up of Emerging Artists. We define Emerging Curator as someone independent or affiliated with an institution who is beginning their career as a curator. Proposals must show history of at least 3 prior curatorial projects successfully presented to a public audience.

We advise potential curators to be familiar with our mission and programs before submitting a proposal. We are interested in engaging with projects that consider relevant political, social, or environmental issues. In addition to providing a curatorial framework, the curator will work in collaboration with Smack Mellon’s staff to develop an open call for artists during the winter of 2022/2023. Curators must select 50% of their artists from the open call, and exhibitions must include at least 60% women artists in accordance with Smack Mellon’s mission.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2022.

Curators do not have to propose a completed show but must submit the following:

Your submission should include:

1. Curatorial Statement (500 words maximum). This statement should narratively describe your research interests, curatorial methodology, and how you envision this fitting into Smack Mellon’s programming. As an artist centered organization, we would also like for you to describe your relationship to the artists that you work with.

2. Brief Proposal Idea (500 words maximum). This should outline the overall idea and stakes of the project, its relevance to our current moment and to Smack Mellon. You do not need to have a confirmed artist list, as this will continue to be developed through the open call, but please include language that you would like to use as a starting point to develop this exhibition.

3. Curatorial CV Please include exhibitions, programs, publications, and related projects as well as educational background. You can include employment history as long as it is relevant to the field. If you are an artist applying with a curatorial proposal, you may include exhibitions etc. of your own work. PDF only.

4. Work Samples. You may include up to ten (10) images that are representative of your work as a curator. Images should be saved as .jpeg or .png, 1000px maximum in any direction. Image and video files should be formatted as follows:

01_FirstLastName.jpeg

02_FirstLastName.jpeg

03_FirstLastName.jpeg

...etc.

You may include a description of each image, up to 100 words each.

5. 2 professional references. Name, phone number, email address, and relationship to you.

A floorplan is available for download HERE

The side view of Gallery One (the large space) is available HERE

Please note:

The curator should realize that we expect a hands-on approach at the gallery.  The curator is expected to be present at the gallery throughout the installation, and must understand that the 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, installing and de-installing their work.

Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. We will hire freelance preparators to help with the installation of the artwork, but the amount of time available to each artist is limited. Smack Mellon has media equipment available for our exhibitions. We can provide details of the equipment as well as specifics about the installation of work will be discussed after the proposal has been accepted for further consideration. The curator is encouraged to stop by the gallery during gallery hours to look at the space in order to tailor their proposal to the space.

Smack Mellon provides curators a stipend and a budget for artists' stipends.

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 who are vaccinated against COVID-19
PROGRAM DATES: November 2, 2022 to May 24, 2023
PROGRAM TIMES: Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm
LOCATION: Students will meet regularly in person. From October through January, the group will visit each of our artist mentors in their studios as well as meet for trips to museums and galleries. We will hold a culminating exhibition to showcase work participants created with their mentors at our gallery space, located at 92 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Willa Goettling at 718-834-8761 or wgoettling@smackmellon.org


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 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 


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 workshop; and a four-month arts mentorship. Art Ready connects up to twenty-one high school students with six diverse artists, to gain practical experience working with professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines. There is no fee to participate, and all expenses 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. 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.


Group Visits

From November 2nd until January 25th, the group of high school students meets with each Artist Mentor who introduces their studio practice showing them the different ways artists navigate life and approach their work. Art Ready visits artists in the fields of graphic design, sculpture, video, photography, drawing, and textile art. Visits take place Wednesday afternoons from 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 cultural and artistic diversity of NYC. In keeping with Smack Mellon’s mission, a majority of the Mentors are woman-identifying. 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

We will occasionally 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 a final exhibition of work created during the program and gallery reception open to students, mentors, families, and friends, located in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space. 


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.



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 15-week mentorship, and the quality of their application.


APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
Part 1: Completed Application Form
Part 2: Completed Short-Response 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)

THIS IS FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS ONLY

Only ONE format - video or still images - will be reviewed.

You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.

You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.

FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

Program Eligibility

We have changed our Applicant Requirements for the Artist Studio Program. All applicants should be emerging or early career artists. We define an emerging artist as one who is at the beginning of their public artistic career and would greatly benefit from the opportunities we provide, such as regular studio visits with New York City curators, public open studio events, and free studio space. Artists may have some experience participating in group shows, solo shows at lesser-known art spaces, some press recognition, and/or are recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs. We do not consider artists emerging if they have had solo exhibitions at widely recognized galleries or institutions; already received consistent production opportunities, awards, and press; and/or if they have 10 years or more of consistent public experience as an artist. Age is not a determining factor. 

Applicants must also be legal residents of NYC and file their taxes in NYC for one year prior to the application deadline. Applicants must be residing in NYC at the time of the application process and for the term of the residency. If you become a finalist and are invited for an interview, you must be able to provide a tax return for proof of residency. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Smack Mellon residency.    

The 2032-2024 program begins September 1, 2023 and ends August 15, 2024.

All six of the artists selected for the studio program will receive a fellowship, three will receive a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship. The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.

*Applicant Requirements for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship are to support artists who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts, reside in New York City, identify racially and or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, age 30 or younger, and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance to advance their artistic career. If you feel you are qualified and would like to be considered for one of Smack Mellon’s (3) Van Lier funded studios you will have a place to indicate your interest in the application form. Please note that if you have received a Van Lier Fellowship from another organization, you are not eligible for this.*

For those who are not eligible for the Van Lier Fellowship, the other three slots available in Smack Mellon’s Studio Program are for emerging artists of any age who are New York City residents.

Selection Process

A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2023-2024 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. The 2023-2024 program begins September 1, 2023 and ends August 15, 2024. Notifications go out in late April 2023. Please do not call the office for selection results.

Before applying, we encourage you to read about the Artist Studio Program, by clicking here.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • You can submit a maximum of 10 still images.
  • Each image file must be titled: LastName_FirstName_image number. Example: Smith_John_01.
  • File type: JPEG, 1000px maximum in any direction
  • Enter title, medium, and date for each entry
  • Image script: Enter up to 50 words of description about the content of each image or series of images. This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.


Helpful hint for submitting images: It's difficult for panelists to evaluate video or performance work based on still images, so we strongly suggest that you apply in the Video Submissions category if you are working in these mediums.

For any inquiries about the program please email: wgoettling@smackmellon.org

For technical questions go to: http://help.submittable.com/

THIS IS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY                                                                
Only ONE format - video or still images - will be reviewed.
You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.
You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.
FOR STILL IMAGE SUBMISSIONS GO HERE

Program Eligibility
We have changed our Applicant Requirements for the Artist Studio Program. All applicants should be emerging or early career artists. We define an emerging artist as one who is at the beginning of their public artistic career and would greatly benefit from the opportunities we provide, such as regular studio visits with New York City curators, public open studio events, and free studio space. Artists may have some experience participating in group shows, solo shows at lesser-known art spaces, some press recognition, and/or are recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs. We do not consider artists emerging if they have had solo exhibitions at widely recognized galleries or institutions; already received consistent production opportunities, awards, and press; and/or if they have 10 years or more of consistent public experience as an artist. Age is not a determining factor. 

Applicants must also be legal residents of NYC and file their taxes in NYC for one year prior to the application deadline. Applicants must be residing in NYC at the time of the application process and for the term of the residency. If you become a finalist and are invited for an interview, you must be able to provide a tax return for proof of residency. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Smack Mellon residency.    

The 2022-2023 program begins September 1, 2023 and ends August 15, 2024. All six of the artists selected for the studio program will receive a fellowship, three will receive a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship. The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.


*Applicant Requirements for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship are to support artists who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts, reside in New York City, identify racially and or culturally with a historically underrepresented community, age 30 or younger, and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance to advance their artistic career. If you feel you are qualified and would like to be considered for one of Smack Mellon’s (3) Van Lier funded studios you will have a place to indicate your interest in the application form. Please note that if you have received a Van Lier Fellowship from another organization, you are not eligible for this.*

For those who are not eligible for the Van Lier Fellowship, the other three slots available in Smack Mellon’s Studio Program are for emerging artists of any age who are New York City residents.


Selection Process
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2023-2024 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. The 2023-2024 program begins September 1, 2023 and ends August 15, 2024. Notifications go out in late April 2023. Please do not call the office for selection results.
Before applying, we encourage you to read about the Artist Studio Program, by clicking here.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may submit up to 3 videos, each 2 minutes long maximum.
  • File types: Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG.
  • File titles: LastName_FirstName_video number.  Example: Smith_John_01.
  • Enter title, production date, total run time. 
  • Video script: Enter up to 50 words about the content of your video. This information will be reviewed by the panel when your work is viewed.

**If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.
**Only time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Stills of artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed.

For any inquiries about the program please email: wgoettling@smackmellon.org
For technical questions please go to: http://help.submittable.com/

Smack Mellon