The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces Curatorial Open Call

Visual Arts

NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2022 – The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is excited to announce the first in a series of open calls, providing curators, academics, and art historians a platform to stage an exhibition at the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s exhibition space, The 8th Floor. 

The Foundation is seeking to highlight emerging or established researchers and cultural presenters engaged with themes reflecting the Foundation’s mission of art and social justice, which champions equity, education, access, and underrepresented narratives and practices. The proposals should feature unrealized exhibition concepts with an experimental and/or pedagogical approach, for thematic group or solo presentations.

Selected curators will be given a fee of $3,000 for their work on the exhibition and $2,000 for an essay in the accompanying catalog. In addition to an exhibition budget, they will be guided and supported in their administrative, planning, and promotional endeavors by the curatorial team at the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. The commission is open to those listed in the criteria of the application – there is no fee to apply. The chosen curator will be engaged in all associated programming, in tandem with the resulting exhibition.

Applications open February 15, 2022 and will close March 30, 2022. Results will be announced in April, 2022. Visit for application information and requirements.


About the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, sustainable communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supported cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.


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