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.

Opportunity: LAB MFA

Eligibility: Artists currently enrolled in MFA studio art programs in the U.S. during spring 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Residency opportunity: June 18, 2018 to August 4, 2018 

Artists can stay as long as they wish during this period as long as their installation is completed by July 13 and they are present for any committed public programs.

Deadline: Monday, April 23, 2018 -- EXTENDED TO MAY 2, 2018 

Opportunity Description 

Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space, invites graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in our Project Room during the summer of 2018. Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of an artist’s practice in conceptual scope, scale or media. Proposals can reflect work that will be created for the exhibition or new work that has never been presented before. 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.  

We accept proposals from artists working in any media and artists can apply as individuals or two-person collaboratives presenting a singular idea. 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.

All artists must be currently enrolled in an MFA program during the spring of 2018 to apply for the LAB MFA program. Locust Projects provides a stipend for project-related costs up to $1,000, a budget of $500 towards travel costs to and from Miami, and free accomodations at Locust Projects’ furnished residence house located one block from Locust and Miami’s Design District starting June 18 and available through August 4. As part of their project, the artist will commit to the creation of a public program, either a public Practice + Process presentation, performance, or other program of the artist’s choosing. Collaborations with other Miami-based organizations or individuals is encouraged.

The selected artist will have support from the Exhibitions Manager to assist on logistics related to the installation, the creation of exhibition texts, promotion, and any programs related to the project.

The exhibition will open with a public reception on Saturday, July 14, 2018 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

  1. Artist resume or CV. Please include artist contact information.
  2. Project proposal (500 word max.), including budget for supplies (up to $1,000)
  3. Images/renderings of proposed artwork for Locust Projects’ LP2. 
  4. The floor plan is available here
  5. Artist Statement - (max. 250 words)
  6. Images: 8 images of recent/ related work with captions accompanying all images
  7. Letter of recommendation from a current professor

Locust Projects 20/20 - 20 Artists Over 20 Hours

Open Call

As part of our 20th anniversary season, Locust Projects is organizing a new show celebrating our roots in experimentation. Over a consecutive twenty-hour time span, twenty artists will each be provided a one-hour temporary exhibition.  The event will take place in the Project Room at Locust Projects and be viewable from the garage door opening. The space will be divided into two 6’ x 6’ chambers allowing one artist to set up in a concealed environment while another is presenting their work. Each project will be unveiled on the hour and will be recorded on video. After the artist’s hour-long window is over, the projects will be reinstalled in our Main Gallery.

We are looking for proposals for new work in any form that could be presented within the one-hour window in the 6’ by 6’ chamber and be represented within the larger exhibition space. As part of Locust Projects’ commitment to artist experimentation, we encourage artists to explore new forms and media outside of their traditional practice.  Additionally we are committed to  supporting new site specific works by artists of any practice.

Proposals should include a detailed description describing the one-hour exhibition in addition to how the work will be reinstalled in the main space. Each selected proposal will receive a

$500 production budget and $220 will be offered to artists as a W.A.G.E. fee for their artistic labor and for artists selected from 150 miles beyond Miami, $300 scholarship will be offered to offset travel and any other costs they may incur for their participation .  

Artists will be responsible for installing their show in the one-hour temporary exhibition space, deinstalling the work and reinstalling the work in the main exhibition space. While artists from throughout the country are allowed to apply, please note the artists will be responsible for costs for their own travel and accommodations above and beyond the “scholarship stipend” provided to selected artists working 100 miles from Locust Projects or must remotely arrange with someone locally to install their work to their specifications (As all artists are responsible for their installation, Locust Projects cannot provide installation assistance). Locust Projects has a limited number and variety of tools available for artists to use for their installations, we recommend bringing your own.

This open call is only open to artists who have never previously participated in a Locust Projects solo or group exhibition.

The event will begin Friday September 8 at midnight and run twenty consecutive hours to Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at 8pm. We will celebrate the project with an event for the artists and the community on Sunday afternoon.  The exhibition will run through October 6, 2018.

  • Project Description (250 words)
  • Rendering of proposed project (the allocated space of 10’Hx6’Wx6’D)
  • Artist statement (150 words)
  • Up to four images of previous work (links to A/V work on sites like Vimeo or YouTube)
  • Image details (including title, date completed and dimensions)
  • Artist CV or Resume

***Please include all information in a PDF that is no larger than 5mb.***

Due May 31st  2018 midnight EST

Selections will be made by June 30th, 2018

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FAQs

Who is eligible? 

All artists, regardless of age, gender, and nationality. Artists that have not exhibited at Locust Projects before.

Who is not eligible?

Artists who are or will be enrolled in a college or university art degree-granting program in the fall of 2018 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 should be specifically designed for this exhibition.

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: exhibitions@locustprojects.org

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 no larger than 5mb 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 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?

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

Application deadline: May 11, 2018

LAB

Locust Projects is pleased to announce an open call to Miami-Dade high school students for a chance to participate in Locust Art Builders (LAB), a collaborative exhibition at the organization's visual art exhibition space in Miami's Design District.

For four weeks, from June 18 to July 13, 15 to 20 young artists from schools across Miami-Dade work with established contemporary visual artists to learn about the practical and creative aspects of mounting a public exhibition, which they develop and produce in association with their peers. The LAB program encourages attendees to develop ideas and produce work collaboratively, resulting in an exhibition that has been devised and produced as the result of a team effort. This invaluable opportunity allows young artists to widen their perspectives, connect with other young artists and established arts professionals, and gain the experience of making an exhibition in an established visual arts space.

LAB promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. The LAB program extends Locust Projects’ 20-year commitment to experimentation and innovation in artistic practice to the next generation of South Florida artists.

 

Program Dates: Weekdays, June 18 through July 13, 2018, 9am-3pm

Opening Reception: July 14, 2018

Application Requirements

  • Express your interest in LAB and explain why you would be a good fit for this opportunity.
  • Images: 8 images of recently completed artworks or projects.
  • Caption list for images. 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.

FAQs

Who is eligible?  
Students currently enrolled in high school in Miami-Dade County.

Who is not eligible?
Students who are in middle school or have already graduated high school.

Is there lunch provided?
Yes, Locust Projects provides a free lunch for each day of the program.

Is transportation to and from Locust provided?
No, you will need to work out your own transportation. Travel stipends are available upon request – please let us know if you require one.

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, 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: info@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570

Mission

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 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 http://talks.miami/  

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 FALL 2018 Studio Visits is open NOW through February 1.

FALL 2018 TALKS SPEAKERS:

Deana Haggag
President & CEO of United States Artists
Wednesday, September 12th, 7 p.m.

Heidi Zuckerman
Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum
Wednesday, October 17th, 7 p.m.

José Roca
Artistic Director of FLORA Ars+Natura, Bogota, curator, LARA collection
Wednesday, November 7th, 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: info@locustprojects.org or 305.576.8570