Salina Art Center 2017-18 Curatorial Fellowship Residency
The Salina Art Center is now accepting Letters of Intent for its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship Residency.

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: March 31 (Invitation to submit full proposal will be made by April 10)
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 24 (Applicants will be notified by May 12)
RESIDENCY PERIOD: September 2017 - May 2018

For nearly forty years, the Salina Art Center has been at the forefront of contemporary visual arts programming for community-based art centers. The Art Center’s Curatorial Fellow-in-Residence program gives advanced graduate students in art history, museum studies, curatorial studies, and related fields an opportunity to develop their curatorial practice with a focus on community-responsive projects and contemporary art. This competitive, 9-month position will provide the awardee with lodging and a stipend. In return, the awardee will:

--Develop a large-scale exhibition featuring national and international artists
--Develop an exhibition of work by area and regional artists
--Engage the local community of artists

Minimum of 3 years professional curatorial experience
Advanced degree or graduate work in art history, museum studies, curatorial studies, or related field
Knowledge of contemporary art, artists, and practices
Willingness to engage and work with area and regional artists
Ability to work independently and with staff, board, volunteers, and representatives of local cultural organizations
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and public presentations
Ability to develop and manage exhibition and program budgets
Ability to meet deadlines
Familiarity with current museum standards and practices
Assist with programming related to exhibitions
Assist with grant writing and fundraising for extra-budgetary expenses related to projects
Curatorial support for loan exhibitions
Attend staff meetings
Attend Art Center functions
$20,000 exhibition budget
Housing and utilities
$2,000 per month stipend
$1,000 moving allowance
Administrative support
The Salina Art Center is a nonprofit, contemporary art and education center with the mission "to create exchanges among art, artists, and audiences that reveal life." The Art Center’s programming is connected to a schedule of contemporary visual art exhibitions of work by regional, national, and international artists in a wide variety of media. Exhibitions serve as a catalyst for generating conversations around ideas and issues relevant to personal and community development. The Art Center carries out its mission through artist, education, exhibition, film and video, and outreach programs designed to provide constituents with opportunities for meaningful experiences through active encounters with viewing and making visual art.

The Salina Art Center is located in historic downtown Salina, Kansas, and has a national reputation as an innovative, artist-supportive, and audience-responsive institution. Its programs have been a vital part of the community’s robust cultural life since 1978. The Art Center has three distinct facilities: the main location, which houses over 3,300 square feet of galleries, a 2,700 square feet education wing, and administrative offices; the Art Center Cinema, a ninety-two-seat theater for first run independent, documentary, and international films; and the Warehouse, a 4,500 square feet living and working space for artists-in-residence. The Salina Art Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Applicants should submit a Letter of Intent below in the form of a 500-750 word statement by March 31, 2017. The statement should include a summary of education and curatorial experience, a statement of curatorial philosophy, and a brief description of the large-scale exhibition applicant intends to propose.

Invitations to submit a full proposal will be made by April 10, 2017. Full proposals will be due April 24 and will include: Current CV; writing samples; fully developed proposal for a large-scale exhibition, including a tentative checklist and budget; and 3 professional references. Applicants will be notified by May 12, 2017.

The Salina Art Center is an EOE and has a policy of nondiscrimination for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability.

For more information, call 785.827.1431 or write

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