The word curate means to accumulate, to organize and to arrange content.
This program was designed to allow Ohio University and community members to partake in the creative and central role of the curatorial process here at The Kennedy Museum of Art (KMA).
The KMA welcomes all ideas and is prepared to work with guest curators to develop exhibitions from start to finish. Proposals for exhibitions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by an advisory board panel twice a year.
The museum staff may request additional information or revisions for further review. Exhibition proposals are selected and scheduled 18-26 months in advance, so plan accordingly.
Information sessions will be held as a resource to learn more about the curatorial and proposal writing process.
Information session dates:
4/4/19 at Nelsonville Public Library Large Meeting Room, 12-1pm
4/24/19 at Athens Public Library Raymond C. Cook Meeting Room, 12-1pm
All applications must meet the proposal requirements and overall mission. Before submission, please familiarize yourself with the KMA’s mission statement, proposal criteria, past exhibitions and galleries. All proposals must be written with the intent of being installed in one of the two major gallery spaces.
Proposals and questions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kennedy Museum of Art allows for up to three guest curators for a single exhibition. The selected guest curator(s) will receive a stipend of $1500 per curator.
In order to support the KMA’s mission to enhance the intellectual and cultural life at Ohio University, every exhibition must align with the University’s initiatives.
Proposals must incorporate opportunities for student learning and partnerships with academic departments and courses while also appealing to a broader audience. Further information about Ohio University’s values and initiatives can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/focus/.
The Museum encourages transdisciplinary proposals, or proposals relating to more than one branch of knowledge.
Applicants are encouraged to use Ohio University and community collections as well as alternative collections for their proposal.
KMA does not present group or solo exhibitions of student artists.
Student curators must have a faculty or staff advisor.
Guest curators cannot exhibit their own work in proposed shows.
View our Sample Curatorial Agreement for more information. KMA’s goal is to help facilitate successful outcomes for well-written proposals. Applicants are welcome to meet with museum staff while writing a proposal for additional guidance.