For 25 years Locust Projects has been committed to supporting the creation and presentation of ambitious new work.
Seeking proposals accepted for new, installation-based work never before presented, created specifically for our Project Room. We present visual artists working in any medium and any stage in their career as long as the work they propose for Locust Projects demonstrably pushes their practice in new directions as part of our mission to invite risk-taking and experimentation. Existing work is not accepted for Open Calls. Collectives and artist collaborations are encouraged to apply as long as the work is presented as a singular vision, budgets remain the same. Artists addressing social justice issues including race, identity, gender parity, basic needs, climate change, environmental advocacy, and more, through their projects are encouraged. Final projects are realized with support from a collaborative environment and supportive Locust Projects staff.
PROJECT ROOM OPEN CALL OPPORTUNITY
- Solo exhibition of ambitious and new, installation-based work created specifically for Locust Projects Project Room (approx. 625 square feet) for shows taking place in 2025 - 2026
- Community engagement with the public through public programs or activations (i.e. conversation, collaboration, performance)
PROJECT ROOM RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
- $5000 max Production Budget (may include but is not limited to: production/fabrication, equipment rental, materials, professional/technical support, installation/construction labor, assistants, shipping, de-installation) Final budget determined based upon dates, proposal scope and scale of project, feasibility.
- $3100 Artist Fee. Artists may use the Artist Fee at their discretion.
- Basic infrastructure provided by Locust Projects includes access to use existing tool and av equipment inventory, up to 24 hours preparator labor/assistance for install/de-install, signage, installation documentation, and promotional support
- Accommodations, travel and per diem are provided to out of town artists. Includes $50 per diem stipend for out-of-town artists up to 21 days and stipend towards roundtrip, coach-class flights or car rental equivalent, and ground transport to and from airport with receipts available to artists that live 150 miles away from Miami (above and beyond travel expenses are applied to production budget).
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Proposals are reviewed by a rotating jury of artists that have previously exhibited at Locust Projects and one local curator. The following criteria will be used during the review process:
- Conceptual strength of the proposal, ambitious ideas, scale and/or use of space
- Strength of past work
- Unique or innovative approach to transforming or activating LP's space and extension of the artist's practice
- Feasibility of proposed project and related programs within budget and logistical concerns, ADA accessibility required
- Compelling approach to contemporary artistic practice, societal concerns, and/or community impact
Please keep in mind, we are a non-traditional alternative art space. If the project could easily be presented in a traditional or commercial gallery setting or could be realized without the support of our organization, it is unlikely for us to consider your proposal. We do not show existing work, host traveling exhibitions, retrospectives, or group shows. We are not a commercial gallery, we do not offer artist representation.
Locust Projects is proud to be W.A.G.E. Certified (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), ensuring that we have and we will continue to compensate artists fairly, at, or above, minimum W.A.G.E. fees For more information on W.A.G.E. certification, click here.Download Floor Plan and Images PDF
The PROJECT ROOM 2023 Open Call is open for submissions from October 5 - November 30th 2023. To submit please send your proposal through Submittable.
Late submissions will not be accepted. (Please allow time for possible technical difficulties by submitting well before the deadline.)
Please direct questions to email@example.com.
WATCH the INFO SESSION recorded on November 2, 2023, where co-founder and submissions coordinator Elizabeth Withstandley guides you through the application process and responds to questions abotut he program.
Submit all of the above through Submittable.
*Production Costs may include (but are not limited to): production/fabrication, equipment rental, materials, specialized lighting, professional/technical support, public programs and activations and related participant fees based upon W.A.G.E. fee calculations at $310 per person, additional artist or assistant travel above and beyond that covered by Locust Projects, installation/construction labor above and beyond basic infrastructure of 24 hours labor provided, assistant fees, shipping, disposal, and any other costs required to realize and de-install the Project beyond basic infrastructure costs (signage, documentation, preparator time for install 24 hours) and artist fees and travel expenses provided by Locust Projects
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