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
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 2019 Studio Visits is open NOW through February 6, 2019.


Wednesday, February 20th, 7 p.m.

Helen Molesworth

Independent Curator and Former Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 13th, 7 p.m.

Ian Berry

Dayton Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Wednesday, April 17th, 7 p.m.

Naomi Beckwith

Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


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 which of the SPRING 2019 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

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 

Eligibility: Artists currently enrolled in MFA studio art programs in the U.S. during spring 2019

Residency opportunity: June 17, 2019 to August 4, 2019 

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 2019

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: Sunday March 17th, midnight EST

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 2019. 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 2019 to apply for the LAB MFA program. Locust Projects provides an artist stipend of $1250, production budget up to $1,000, a $500 towards travel costs to and from Miami (for artists from outside of the area), and free accomodations at Locust Projects’ furnished residence house located one block from Locust and Miami’s Design District starting June 17 and available through August 4. The residence houses multiple artists concurently in individual bedrooms in a 2 bedroom/1 bath house. Selected artists will commit to the creation of a Practice + Process public program which consists of a conversation, performance, or other program presented in conjunction with their residency. Cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Miami-based organizations or individuals is encouraged.

The exhibition will open with a public reception on Saturday, July 13, 2019 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 in one PDF that is not larger than 5mb.

  1. Artist resume or CV. Please include artist contact information.
  2. Project proposal (250 word max.), including project budget.
  3. Images/renderings of proposed artwork for Locust Projects’ LP2.  Locust Projects Floor plan is accessible here.
  4. Artist Statement - (max. 150 words)
  5. Images: 4-8 images of recent/ related work with captions accompanying all images
  6. Letter of recommendation from a current professor

Please send questions to

Locust Projects