Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

Locust Projects is currently running an OPEN CALL for exhibition proposals, with the aim of enabling local, national, and international visual artists to experiment with new ideas and media. We encourage artists to propose experimental, site-specific projects that are engaging and risk-taking that extend your practice in concept, scale, and/or scope. We encourage artists from all backgrounds and working in any medium looking to present experimental projects to apply. 

We accept applications year-round via this online submission process. Proposals will be reviewed every few months, on a rolling basis. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

We will contact artists who are selected to discuss the proposal in further detail, estimate costs and scheduling feasibility. Contracted artists’ will receive a project budget which may be applied towards production/fabrication, materials, professional/technical support, installation/construction labor and assistants, shipping, and other costs above and beyond basic infrastructure provided by Locust Projects. They will also receive a W.A.G.E. certified rate stipend for their artistic labor and time and housing for out-of-town artists for the duration of the installation (and for research prior depending on availability). 

We have two available spaces for artists to submit proposals. Proposals should only be for one of the two spaces; proposals that require use of both spaces will not be considered. 

  • LP01 - Main Gallery (approximately 1,500 square feet)
  • LP 02 - Project Room (approximately 390 square feet)
You can review a floor plan that includes both spaces by clicking here

Our floor plan is available below. You can also see images of past projects on our website in PAST EXHIBITIONS. Below we have included a list of guidelines to follow while creating your proposal.

  • Locust Projects is committed to presenting new work. Proposals should only include work that has never been presented before.
  • As an alternative arts space, we encourage artistic experimentation as well as cross-disciplinary explorations. Successful applicants often propose projects in new media or working at a scale or conceptual scope that they have never explored before.
  • We present artists working in any medium and any stage in their career as long as the work they propose for Locust Projects is experimental and/or pushes their practice in new directions.
  • Collectives and artist collaborations are encouraged to apply as long as the work is presented as a singular vision.
  • 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 do not host traveling exhibitions, retrospectives, or group shows
  • We are not a commercial gallery, we do not offer artist representation.
  • Proposals should be ambitious in scope but realistic in their ability to be executed in the time and budget provided.

Locust Projects receives a large number of submissions and unfortunately we are not able to offer individual feedback on submissions. We will be in touch with you directly if we are interested in developing your project.

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. For more information on W.A.G.E. certification, click here.

Submission Requirements

All submissions should be formatted as one PDF containing all the following materials: 

•  Project description (max. 500 words)

•  Project floor plan/rendering of proposed project

•  General artist statement (max. 250 words)

•  CV or Resume

•  Up to eight images of previous/related work 

•  Image details


Who is eligible? 

All artists, regardless of age, gender, and nationality.

Who is not eligible?

Artists who are or will be enrolled in a college or university art degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.

What type of work can be proposed?

Locust Projects will select artists that propose engaging and risk taking work that also has a strong conceptual basis.

Does the work proposed have to be new?

Proposed projects can consist of existing work adapted for the venue, although we tend to prefer new unrealized work that is created specifically for the space.

Can you give me examples of past projects?

Please see our past exhibitions web page.

If my proposed show requires extensive installation time, is that possible?

Yes, Locust Projects will facilitate projects that require significant installation time. Installations can take a number of weeks, so artists are provided a temporary residence in Miami.

I’m an artist living outside the United States; can I propose a show for Locust Projects?


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 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 contact: or 305.576.8570

Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to announce the opportunity for artists based in Miami to apply to participate in a limited number of one-on-one, 45-60 minute studio visits with an internationally renowned director or curator in conjunction with Talks. Talks provides direct access to the top curators and ideas driving contemporary art today, through a year-long series of conversations presented by Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida.

At Talks, the six arts leaders featured will talk about their curatorial vision and practice, the art and artists that have shaped their careers, and how they support the work of artists whether in museums or non-traditional spaces. Talks are free and open to public - save your seat today at  

Studio Visits are a unique component of the Talks series offering South Florida-based artists professional development opportunities and visibility with leading curators with whom you can talk about your practice and gain valuable insights.

Talks is the first partnership between nonprofits Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida, two of the city’s most venerable cultural institutions, coming together under new leadership to provide artist-centered programming. 

Submissions for SPRING 2018 Studio Visits is open NOW through February 1.


Nato Thompson
Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary, Former Artistic Director of Creative Time
Talks date: Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m.

Valerie Cassel Oliver
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Talks date: Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Trevor Schoonmaker
Artistic Director Prospect.4 New Orleans; Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Talks date: Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. 

Artist Submission Requirements:

  • CV or resume that includes exhibition history, publications and awards
  • Brief artist statement describing your work and studio practice (no more than 250 words)
  • Five to eight images or video links of recent/related artwork (including the title, medium and dimensions)
  • Please specify in order of preference, which of the SPRING 2018 Talks speakers is your first choice, followed by second and third in order of preference. 
Only selected applicants will be notified. Studio visits will take place on or near the date of the scheduled Talks with date/time confirmed upon selection. 

For further information contact: or 305.576.8570