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"Call for Proposals: 2009-2010 Exhibitions Open Call"
2008-03-26 until 2008-04-25
Art League Houston
Houston, TX, USA United States of America

Art League Houston is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 Open Call for Proposals. Individual artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals for work consistent with the Art League Houstons mission and vision. The deadline for submitted proposals is Friday April 25, 2008, 5 p.m.


Please submit the following with your proposal:
Up to one (1) page biography. Please include your name, address, phone, and e-mail A resume (no more than three pages) that includes your art education, exhibitions, awards, and bibliography. For curated exhibitions or for group artist exhibitions, please also include artists resumes. A written proposal narrative, not to exceed two pages.

This narrative should include the following information:

A suggested title of your exhibition. (This title may be amended up to the time it is required for printing the invitation or other promotional material. )

Your name, and if you are organizing or curating a group exhibition, the names of the artists.

An artist or curators statement, which:
1. Describes the concept, or theme of the work;
2. For artists only - describes your current work, as well as your proposed�work, noting any significant new direction your work will take.
3. For independent curators only - demonstrates your capacity to execute the exhibition;
4. Provides information about how the work pertains to the mission and goals of Art League Houston:� Art League Houston presents contemporary exhibitions and programs that are aesthetically strong, and that provide the community with the opportunity to explore topics of cultural, humanistic, and social relevance.�
5. Identifies any special equipment or other requirements you may need that may become an impediment to presenting this proposed exhibition;
6. Includes details of any supplementary public programs or presentations. All ALH exhibits include opening night artist talks. We encourage participants to also propose additional artist talks, panel discussions, or workshops geared toward engaging the general public.

Please also include in your proposal:

15 - 20 images of work to be exhibited, or if you are creating new work, images of work that has been created in the past three years. Images should be in ONE of the following formats:
*�Digital Images on CD- Must be JPEG, should be around 100 - 300 dpi, should have a maximum image size of 800 x 600 pixels, and must be in MS Windows readable format. NO POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS. Video submissions should be no longer than five minutes and must be MS Windows compatible!!!!!Or
*�SLIDES Images must be numbered sequentially (1-20) and should include your name. For example Jones001, Jones002, Jones003. A numbered image script that corresponds to the digital or slide images, and that includes the title, date, size and medium of each work listed along with the artists name.
A self address stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return of all submitted materials.

Address Submissions to:

Art League Houston Programming Committee
Artist or Independent Curator Review (please indicate the one that applies to your application)
1953 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006

Proposal selection is based on the artistic merit of the work proposed, feasibility of the proposal and its relevance to the vision, mission, and goals of the Art League Houston. The Art League Houston Programming Committee will notify curators and artists if their proposal has been selected in the late summer or early fall. Art League Houston asks to hold submission packets for up to one full year. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Art League Houston reserves the right to reject all submissions. >

About the Art League Houston:

The mission of Art League Houston is to cultivate awareness, appreciation and accessibility of contemporary visual art within the community for its cultural enrichment.

Art League Houston presents contemporary exhibitions and programs that are aesthetically strong, and that provide the community with the opportunity to explore topics of cultural, humanistic, and social relevance.

Since 1948, Art League Houston has been dedicated to fostering accessibility to the visual arts and working to address the changing needs of the arts community. We also work to ensure women and people of color are equally represented, as historically their contributions have gone unrecognized. By providing Houstons first alternative art space, ALH created a much needed exhibition venue for artists, and a means for the community to gain greater understanding and appreciation of their work. In 1983, ALH established its Texas Artist of the Year Award as a dynamic, informative annual project documenting Texas art history. In 1991, Art League Houston established its Outreach Program, for adults living with serious disease and disability, including HIV/AIDs, Cancer Related Illnesses, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and physical challenges. Our Outreach Exhibitions helps students become more self-sufficient, as well as generate much needed additional income, critical to those living on low/fixed incomes.

About the Open Call for Proposals:

In 2005, Art League Houston began supporting the creation of new works by offering a $1,500 honorarium for exhibitions in our main gallery, to be used without restriction, such as to help defray shipping, material and framing costs. The open call for submissions is part of our continuing commitment to broadening accessibility to the visual arts for the community.

Each year, Art League Houston presents six major exhibitions in its main gallery, and additional micro exhibitions in the adjacent Art League School gallery. From these exhibitions, typically 5-6 exhibitions per year are selected from submitted proposals.

Art League Houston provides the following for main gallery exhibitions:
* 1375 square feet of exhibition space
* Design, printing and mailing of postcard invitations
* Press release, calendar listing, website listing, and other promotion
* Standard gallery signage, price sheets, binder for show
* Insurance of work on site
* Assistance with installation
* An opening reception
* $1500 honorarium to be used without restriction

Art League Houston provides the following for exhibitions chosen for the Art League School gallery:
* 1200 square feet of exhibition space
* Design, printing and mailing of postcard invitations
* Press release, calendar listing, website listing, and other promotion
* Standard gallery signage, price sheets, binder for show
* Insurance of work on site
* Assistance with installation
* An opening reception

Art League Houston does not provide the following for main gallery or Art League School gallery exhibitions:
* Framing
* Shipping
* Catalogues
* Professional Documentation
* Extensive post exhibit/installations or repairs

Guidelines for Artist and Independent Curator Proposals:

The Artist Proposal Opportunity is for individual artists or small groups wanting to be considered for inclusion in upcoming Art League Houston exhibitions. Any work considered for inclusion must be a body of work that has not previously been shown, with an emphasis on new works. Emerging or mid-career visual artists may submit proposals for consideration.

The Independent Curator Proposal Opportunity is for the development and presentation of original and previously unexhibited shows. Independent curators are the primary coordinator of their exhibit. Standard curatorial responsibilities include:
* handling all arrangements with artists
* overseeing the timely installation of the exhibition
* executing any agreed upon public programs or presentations during the exhibition run
* and providing necessary information to ALH staff for the development of promotional materials

Any exhibition that is first presented at Art League Houston may subsequently be presented by the curator at another venue without claim for compensation by Art League Houston. We only require that you credit Art League Houston as the originating venue for the exhibition.

Artists/Curators Submissions:
Unless otherwise noted, all submissions should be typed in an 8 x 11 format with a 1 left margin on white paper in no less than 10-point font. DO NOT USE BINDERS, FOLDERS, OR REPORT COVERS.
Please submit the following with your proposal:
Up to one (1) page biography. Please include your name, address, phone, and e-mail A resume (no more than three pages) that includes your art education, exhibitions, awards, and bibliography. For curated exhibitions or for group artist exhibitions, please also include artists resumes. A written proposal narrative, not to exceed two pages.

This narrative should include the following information:

A suggested title of your exhibition. (This title may be amended up to the time it is required for printing the invitation or other promotional material. )

Your name, and if you are organizing or curating a group exhibition, the names of the artists.

An artist or curators statement, which:
1. Describes the concept, or theme of the work;
2. For artists only - describes your current work, as well as your proposed�work, noting any significant new direction your work will take.
3. For independent curators only - demonstrates your capacity to execute the exhibition;
4. Provides information about how the work pertains to the mission and goals of Art League Houston:� Art League Houston presents contemporary exhibitions and programs that are aesthetically strong, and that provide the community with the opportunity to explore topics of cultural, humanistic, and social relevance.�
5. Identifies any special equipment or other requirements you may need that may become an impediment to presenting this proposed exhibition;
6. Includes details of any supplementary public programs or presentations. All ALH exhibits include opening night artist talks. We encourage participants to also propose additional artist talks, panel discussions, or workshops geared toward engaging the general public.

Please also include in your proposal:

15 - 20 images of work to be exhibited, or if you are creating new work, images of work that has been created in the past three years. Images should be in ONE of the following formats:
*�Digital Images on CD- Must be JPEG, should be around 100 - 300 dpi, should have a maximum image size of 800 x 600 pixels, and must be in MS Windows readable format. NO POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS. Video submissions should be no longer than five minutes and must be MS Windows compatible!!!!!Or
*�SLIDES Images must be numbered sequentially (1-20) and should include your name. For example Jones001, Jones002, Jones003. A numbered image script that corresponds to the digital or slide images, and that includes the title, date, size and medium of each work listed along with the artists name.
A self address stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return of all submitted materials.

Address Submissions to:

Art League Houston Programming Committee
Artist or Independent Curator Review (please indicate the one that applies to your application)
1953 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006

Proposal selection is based on the artistic merit of the work proposed, feasibility of the proposal and its relevance to the vision, mission, and goals of the Art League Houston. The Art League Houston Programming Committee will notify curators and artists if their proposal has been selected in the late summer or early fall. Art League Houston asks to hold submission packets for up to one full year. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Art League Houston reserves the right to reject all submissions.


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