Founded by artists for artists in 1998, Locust Projects is Miami’s longest running nonprofit alternative art space. We produce, present, and nurture ambitious and experimental new art and the exchange of ideas through commissioned exhibitions and projects, artist residencies, summer art intensives for teens, and public programs on contemporary art and curatorial practice. As a leading incubator of new art and ideas, Locust Projects emphasizes boundary-pushing creative endeavors, risk-taking and experimentation by local, national and international artists. We invest in South Florida’s arts community by providing artists with project grants and empower creative careers by supporting the administrative work of being an artist through an onsite artist resource hub and access to pro bono legal services.

LegalLink services are available to Locust Projects members at the pARTners ($60) level or above. This small membership fee helps us to continue to provide high quality legal services to the arts community. Please visit Locust Projects' membership page and select the level of your choice.  

If you are an artist in need of legal services, please register here. After you submit your registration, you can expect someone from the LegalLink staff to follow up within 24 to 48 hours.

Opportunity: LAB MFA - Summer Residency and Exhibition 

Application Deadline: Sunday March 29, midnight EST

Eligibility: Artists currently enrolled in MFA studio art programs in the U.S. during spring 2020

Residency opportunity dates*: June 19 - August 5, 2020
*Artists can stay as long as they wish during Residency opportunity period as long as their installation is completed by July 11 and they are present for any committed public programs. Note residence second bedroom may be occupied by another artist at some point during this time period. 

Exhibition dates: Saturday, July 11 - August 1, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 6-8pm

Opportunity Description:
Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space, invites graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in our 400-sq ft Project Room during the summer of 2020. Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of an artist’s practice in conceptual scope, scale, or media. Proposals can reflect new work that will be created for the exhibition that has never been presented before or work created on site. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate exceptionally unique methods, processes, or concepts, particularly those that could not be presented in a traditional gallery setting with an emphasis on site-specificity and installation. To see past examples of past LAB MFA and past Project Room installations, please see Past Exhibitions at 

We accept proposals from artists working in any media and artists can apply as individuals or two-person collaboratives presenting a singular project. Special consideration will be given to artists who are presenting work that is directly related to their MFA studies or artists who have never realized a solo exhibition previously. Please keep in mind, we are not a traditional gallery space. If the exhibition could easily be presented in a traditional gallery setting or could be realized without the support of our organization, it is unlikely for us to consider your proposal. We are not a commercial gallery, we do not offer artist representation.

All artists must be currently enrolled in an MFA program during the spring of 2020 to apply for the LAB MFA program. 

Locust Projects provides an artist stipend of $1250 (includes fee for one public program), production budget up to $1,000. 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, artist travel above and beyond the provided stipend, installation/construction labor above and beyond the provided preparator assistance, shipping, disposal, and any other costs required to realize and de-install the Project beyond basic infrastructure and artist fees provided by Locust Projects. Basic infrastructure provided includes: access to existing AV equipment, tools, and supplies as available, in addition to up to 20 hours of preparator/contract labor assistance during the install/de-install period.

Selected artists are also eligible for a $500 stipend towards travel costs to and from Miami (for artists from outside of the area), and free accommodations at Locust Projects’ furnished residence house located one block from Locust and Miami’s Design District starting June 19 and available through August 5. The residence may house multiple artists concurrently in individual bedrooms in a 2 bedroom/1 bath house. Selected artists will commit to the creation of a public program which consists of a conversation, performance, collaboration or other program presented in conjunction with their project and residency. Cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Miami-based organizations or individuals is encouraged. 

The exhibition will open with a public reception on July 11, 2020 in conjunction with the opening of the summer co-hort of Locust Art Builders, an art immersive for up to 25 Miami-based teens that takes place in the Main Gallery simultaneous with LAB MFA.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. Please provide the following information in Submittable.

  1. Artist resume or CV. Please include artist contact information.
  2. Project proposal (250 word max.)
  3. Project Budget (outline of estimated production expenses including de-installation)
  4. Images/renderings of proposed artwork for Locust Projects’  Project Room.  Locust Projects Floor plan and images of the space are accessible here.
  5. Artist Statement - (max. 150 words)
  6. Images: 4 images of recent/ related work with captions accompanying all images. Up to 3 Video links can be submitted for video based works. 5 minutes maximum will be reviewed.
  7. Letter of recommendation from a current professor

 Please send questions to

Application deadline: May 18, 2020 - Accepted students will be notified before June 1.

2020 LOCUST ART BUILDERS (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens
Create and collaborate this summer with Locust Projects!

Applications are now open for the 10th Anniversary Year of Locust Art Builders (LAB), a four-week Summer Art Intensive for Teens with an interest in art, design and exploring creative careers. 

Program Dates: Wednesday June 17 - Friday, July 10, 2020; Monday-Fridays 9am-3pm

Award Ceremony and Opening Reception for Family and Friends: Saturday, July 11, 6-8pm

Exhibition on view to the public Saturday, July 11 through August 1, 2020

Application Requirements

  • WHY IS LAB FOR YOU? Express your interest in LAB and explain why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.
  • SHOW US YOUR CREATIVE SIDE: Images: 8 images of recently completed art works, designs or projects.
  • IMAGE CAPTION SHEET: Please include the title, media, date and a brief description of each image.  
  • OPTIONAL: Letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or advisor. 
  • OPTIONAL: If some of your projects live online, please share links to your website, social media, etc.

ABOUT LAB For four weeks (actually just 20 days), 25 young artists from high schools across Miami-Dade County work with established contemporary artists to learn about the practical and creative aspects of mounting a public exhibition in Miami's Design District. Encouraging attendees to develop ideas and work collaboratively, LAB is a unique hands-on program for creative teens to widen their perspectives, connect with peers and established arts professionals, learn about creative careers, build their portfolio, and gain the behind-the-scenes experience of producing an art exhibition. Students are mentored and supervised by professional Artist Teaching Mentors on a daily basis. Field trips to area art museums and artist studios are included in the program to teach students about creative careers in the arts.


Locust Art Builders (LAB) is free to all accepted students. All students accepted into the program will receive a stipend to subsidize travel expenses. Lunch, daily snacks, and materials are provided. Community service hours may be available to qualified students. Ask your school for details.
To apply, students must have completed at least one year of high school by July 2019. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as graduating 12th graders are all eligible to apply.

Who is eligible?  
Students currently enrolled in public or private high schools in Miami-Dade County.

Who is not eligible?
Students who are in middle school, going into ninth grade in the fall, or 2018 and later high school graduates.

Can I apply if I am not sure I want to go to art school? Of course! LAB is the perfect place to explore your interest in art or design, learn how to make things using new skills, tools, and learn all about careers in the arts. Whether or not you go to art school, LAB can help you gain confidence and learn how to problem solve creatively.

Is there lunch/food provided? What if I have an allergy or dietary need?
Yes, Locust Projects provides a free lunch and snacks and water for each day of the program. We make every effort to accommodate vegans/vegetarian, gluten free and other dietary restrictions and allergies when notified in advance in your registration form.

Is transportation to and from Locust provided? What about parking?
No, you will need to work out your own transportation. Travel stipends (reimbursements with receipts) are available upon request –please let us know if you require a travel stipend before June 19.  Free parking is available in Locust Projects' parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I work on my personal projects as part of LAB? While some tasks will involve working independently, working collaboratively with other young artists is a crucial part of LAB. Most projects, and final exhibition, are produced as a team. Personal art practices often feed into this final result, but it is important that applicants understand that they will be required to work closely with other young artists during these four weeks. If you are not open to working collaboratively as part of a team, this program might not be the right fit for you.

Can PDFs include links?
Yes, they may include links to websites, video hosting services as well as links to galleries, previous exhibitions, and/or past reviews.

Can I submit my application without using the online submission system Submittable?
Unfortunately, no—all submissions must be submitted through Submittable. Applications that do not follow the guidelines and/or which are hand delivered or mailed will not be accepted or reviewed.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?
For further information please contact: or 305.576.8570

LOCUST ART BUILDERS (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. LAB extends Locust Projects’ 21-year commitment as an incubator of new art and ideas, by supporting experimentation and innovation in artistic practice with the next generation of South Florida artists.

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