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May 25, 2023

CUE’s open call for solo exhibitions is now accepting applications! The open call builds upon CUE’s mission to support emerging and underrecognized artists. Selected artists are awarded an opportunity to present their work in a solo exhibition at CUE’s gallery space during the 2024 calendar year.



CUE’s annual open call provides emerging and underrepresented artists and curators the opportunity and necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE’s storefront gallery space on West 25th Street in Manhattan, New York City.

Each awardee will be paired with a mentor, an established artist or curator who will work with them throughout the process of planning and installing the exhibition. CUE provides a generous honorarium to each awardee, as well as a budget for transport of artwork and materials for on-site installation of the works in the show. CUE staff also provides guidance on project conceptualization and exhibition design in our space, communication and outreach support, identity and graphic design development, photography and visual assets, professional development assistance, and more.

Additionally, for each show, CUE produces an accompanying exhibition catalog with a long-form essay developed through their Art Critic Mentorship Program, written by an independent emerging writer. The catalog also contains artist and mentor statements, bios, and images of the work.



The $10 application fee helps to support CUE’s programs and operating expenses. CUE understands that for some, this fee may create a barrier or burden to applying. If this is the case for you, please contact to request a fee waiver.



  • A solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation’s gallery space in 2024
  • An honorarium of $5,000
  • Support from a mentor who is an established artist or curator
  • A modest budget for art shipping and art handling to transport and install the work
  • A catalogue that accompanies the exhibition and that includes an essay developed through CUE’s Art Critic Mentorship Program
  • Support from CUE on exhibition design and layout specific to our space, communications including press and public outreach, identity and graphic design development, photography, and other professional development opportunities
  • An opening reception and potential in-person or virtual programming that accompanies the exhibition



  • Practice any artistic discipline that can make use of exhibition space for a solo show
  • Have not had a solo exhibition in New York City within the last five years (small non-profit and artist run spaces are fine)
  • Do not have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the United States
  • Are not currently enrolled in a degree program (with the exception of students who will have graduated by 2024)
  • Have maintained a consistent studio practice outside of an academic setting for three or more years
  • Currently live and work in the United States



Before applications are reviewed for content, a preliminary evaluation process takes place to determine three things:

  1. Fulfillment of the eligibility criteria
  2. Duplicative applications from the same applicants
  3. Completion of the application form
    • Resume / CV
    • Narrative Bio (200 words)
    • Artist Statement (400 words)
    • Brief Exhibition Overview (100 words)
    • Detailed Exhibition Proposal (600 words)
    • Impact Statement (150 words)
    • Work samples (images, video, audio – see application or FAQ for more info)

Please ensure that your application meets all the above requirements, as only complete applications from eligible artists are reviewed. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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