AACS | Writing an Exhibition Proposal
Basics of your proposal
Your Proposal should communicate a clear vision of the concept and logistics of your exhibition. This should include the following:
- Exhibition Title
- Your Name, and Participant(s)
- Statement of Intent
- Clearly conveys the theme of the exhibition
- Inspiration/historical references you are pulling from for this exhibition
- Why you want to exhibit this body of work in this particular space
- What do you envision the outcome of the show, how will this exhibition aid you in your development as an artist?
- Timeline of install and de-install
- Desired exhibition dates
- Any technical issues that need to be addressed with installing the exhibition
E. Diagram of exhibition (especially if installing 3D work)
- Use a computer program to make the diagram (there are plenty of free programs to draft your exhibition diagram)
- Label directions of the walls (north, east, south, west)
- Make it to scale
- Include 10 to 15 great images (higher resolution, color corrected)
- Each image should have a title or info listed along with photo credit, if you took the photo, state: ‘Photo courtesy of artist’
- In-process work images are acceptable and show the gallery director your process (however, do not show early in-process photos where you are building castles in the sky)
G. Other information to include
- Short bio (5-7 sentences)
- Résumé or CV (2-3 pages max, should not include unrelated professional experience)
Proposal Writing Tips
- Be succinct. Write in a language that most everyone can understand.
- Keep it short and sweet. Your proposal should be about 750-1500 words at max.
- PDF is perfect. Have your entire proposal in PDF format unless otherwise stated. This includes having your images within the document, along with your short bio and résumé. The less a gallery director has to individually open, the better. It also helps keep their computer tidy and prevents disorganization.