Call for Curators / Calls & Submissions
May 18, 2021
Organization Name: Disjecta Contemporary Art
Organization Location: Portland, OR
Type: Calls & Submissions
CALL FOR CURATORS
Curator-in-Residence Program Accepting Applicants
Portland, Oregon-based Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is accepting proposals for a Curator-in-Residence for its 2022-2023 exhibition season.
Disjecta houses an expansive exhibition space for the presentation of visual arts at the regional,
national and international level that speaks to the region’s diverse interests, talents and
The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to
develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Rotated on an
annual cycle, the program seeks to provide a nationally recognized curatorial opportunity in the
underserved state of Oregon, to stimulate significant contemporary discourse that is able to
cross disciplines, to engage new artists and patrons, and to raise the visibility of Portland’s art
scene. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in
Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space.
Throughout the season (Summer 2022 through Spring 2023) the Curator-in-Residence will
organize four exhibitions. The nature of Disjecta’s exhibition space and mission facilitate
contemporary work that is large scale, installation-based, specific to the site, or
project-based—though these should not be considered limitations. Disjecta encourages artists
and guest curators to challenge themselves and viewers, to take intelligent risks, and to expand
definitions of disciplines.
Disjecta Curators-in-Residence include: Lucy Cotter (2020-21), Justin Hoover (2019-20), Suzy
Halajian (2018-19), Julia Greenway (2017-18), Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando
(2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich
(2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center builds ambitious programs that promote artists and engage
communities by providing a catalytic platform for forward-thinking work by visual and performing
artists. Dynamic programs showcase new ideas and engage new audiences while fueling
collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers to impact and intervene in the larger
contemporary arts dialogue. Disjecta exacts equal rigor from local and national artists, while
recognizing and supporting the talent of the region.
In 2010 Disjecta became a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization, after years of hosting art and
events at spaces throughout Portland. We began the two major mission programs – the
Portland Biennial and our annual season of exhibitions by Curators-in-Residence.
The Curator-in-Residence program is the first of its kind in the region. Curators have used the
CiR and Portland Biennial programs to further their careers, going on to work in galleries and
museums such as:
·Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
·The Studio Museum in Harlem
·Anderson Ranch Arts Center
·University at Buffalo Art Galleries
·Linfield Gallery at Linfield College
·as well as founding their own organizations
Scope of Work
● Solicit and select artists for four exhibitions from Summer 2022 to Spring 2023
(one or more exhibitions must emphasize regional Pacific Northwest artists).
● In collaboration with Disjecta staff, oversee exhibition planning, manage and stay
within budgets for each exhibition (budgets include honorariums and exhibition
production costs), and coordinate artists schedules for installation and events.
● Write and speak about the artists’ work for a variety of audiences including those
knowledgeable in contemporary art and those new to it. Be able to convey key
messages about artists’ work and exhibitions to Disjecta staff for media materials,
and varied group events and tours.
● Assist in planning and attend opening receptions, group tours/curator talks, artist
talks, performances, and workshops with exhibiting artists. Each exhibition
should have three or more events or programs for the public.
● Communicate the mission and goals of Disjecta while bringing a unique curatorial
vision to the program.
● Prepare exhibition models and sketches as required.
● Participate in fundraising duties as needed or assigned.
● Minimum three years curatorial experience. Graduate-level education in
curatorial studies or a related field is preferred but not required.
● Awareness of contemporary arts issues, practices and artists. A clear and distinct
curatorial vision that is consistent with Disjecta’s mission.
● Knowledge of or willingness to become familiar with regional contemporary art.
● Ability to work both independently and as part of a team within a larger arts
● Ability to organize and communicate messages effectively through writing and
public presentation to different audiences.
● Ability to manage large exhibitions, stay within budgets, and meet deadlines.
Curatorial stipend is $8,000with limited travel stipends available for curators and artists. Please
note, it is not a requirement that the curator reside in Portland for the duration of the program;
however travel will be a necessity and candidates must be able to demonstrate flexibility of
Proposals are due to Disjecta by May 18, 2021 5pm PST. All applications must be sent via email
to Dustin Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line must read: Curator-in-Residence
2022-23 Application. Qualified candidates will be contacted in August 2021. No phone calls
please. Please include the following:
1. Curatorial statement and vision for the Disjecta Curator-in-Residence Program.
2. Professional resume.
3. Examples of past curatorial work, including images and critical reviews.
4. Two writing samples for different audiences (ex. academic/art groups, a broader
audience new to art).
5. Three professional references.
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