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.

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.

Locust Projects’ annual Smash and Grab will be held on October 13, 2018, Thanks to the support of artists like you, Locust Projects has grown from an artist-run alternative space to one of the country’s foremost incubator of new art and ideas. Over the years, we have maintained our steady focus on supporting artists and engaging Miami’s art community and we do it with your support. 

There is no other fundraiser quite like this one. It revolves around a raffle, for which local, national and international artists donate artwork — so that each raffle ticket holder is guaranteed an artwork. Tickets are drawn at random during, with the winner getting their choice of artwork. The result is a fun way to place artwork into collections, inspire new collectors in an informal environment, build networking opportunities for artists, connect with Miami’s art community, and support Locust Projects.

ONLY 100 art works will be selected. 

TIMELINE: 

Oct 1 -- Deadline for art work to arrive at Locust Projects

October 13 -- Smash and Grab

CRITERIA: To be a successful fundraiser, we require that all art works must have minimum commercial value of $500. Works must be ready to hang with mounting hardware and installation instructions provided; unframed works on paper are considered on a case-by-case basis as our framing budget is limited. 

To THANK YOU, selected Smash and Grab donating artists receive:

-2018 Smash and Grab Fundraiser admission (+ guest)

-Invitations for 2 to the Inaugural Artist Recognition Dinner in 18-19 FY

-Complimentary admission for two to Spring Fling in April

-1 year Locust Projects Membership at the pARTner ($60) level. Which includes:

  • Invitations to professional development workshops related to careers in the arts
  • E-news for artists featuring upcoming grants, open calls, residency and public art opportunities
  • Access to LegalLink pro bono legal services serving Florida artists since 2003.

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. Proposed projects must be new work that has never been exhibited before, ideally work that does not exist and is created specifically for our venue. 

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 no larger than 10mb containing all the following materials: 

•  Project description (max. 250 words)

•  Project floor plan/rendering of proposed project

•  General artist statement (max. 150 words)

•  CV or Resume

•  Up to eight images of previous/related work 

•  Image details

PDF should be named in the following manner: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_LP_Fall_2018

FAQs

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 must be new work that has never been exhibited before, ideally work that does not exist and is created specifically for our venue.
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?
Yes.
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: info@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570


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