Call for Independent Curators: Detroit Art Week 2019 debuts “Young Curators, New Ideas V” at Trumbull & Porter Hotel

Call for Independent Curators: Detroit Art Week 2019 debuts “Young Curators, New Ideas V” at Trumbull & Porter Hotel

Detroit Art Week (July 16 – 21, 2019), an annual self-guided tour and citywide celebration of contemporary art in Detroit, is now accepting applications from independent curators for the 5th iteration of “Young Curators, New Ideas.” After a six-year hiatus, the ground-breaking, experimental initiative returns in search of 12 independent curators.

In 2008, Detroit Art Week Founding Director, Amani Olu, established “Young Curators, New Ideas” to promote and support emerging curatorial voices. After a six-year hiatus, “Young Curators, New Ideas V” will take place from Wednesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Trumbull & Porter Hotel Detroit, the exclusive hospitality partner.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019. For more information and to apply, please visit

Featuring 12 independent curators selected from an international open call, “Young Curators, New Ideas V” will shine a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by women, LGBTQIA and gender-non-conforming individuals through their creative, and at times independent, curatorial practices. With a sense of relevance and urgency, these multifaceted and dynamic micro-exhibitions will consider contemporary issues that exist at the intersection of curatorial practice and artistic production. Within a 256 square-foot hotel room, each curator will present one to two artists whose work is a thoughtful and provocative discussion on the most pressing issues of our time.

Since its inception, “Young Curators, New Ideas” has presented exhibitions by 31 independent curators featuring 104 artists.

Eligibility + Guidelines

• Independent curators and curatorial groups are eligible to apply.
• Artists and individuals affiliated with a not-for-profit are eligible to apply.
• 501c3 organizations are eligible to apply.
• “Young Curators, New Ideas” alums are eligible to apply.
• Commercial galleries are not eligible to apply.

• “Young Curators, New Ideas” is open to independent curators working in all disciplines.
• There is no age restriction.
• DAW will only accept proposals for one- and two-person exhibitions. We will not consider proposals for group exhibitions.
•Extra consideration to proposals that fit the exhibition’s theme of inclusion and diversity and engage viewers in a thoughtful and provocative discussion on the most pressing issues. “Young Curators, New Ideas V,” will not only privilege historically oppressed and institutionally underrepresented voices in curatorship and the global art market, but also set the stage to center contemporary artists’ perspectives on:
/ gender
/ sexuality
/ the body
/ global migration
/ the political economy
/ climate change
/ war and violence
/ ethical dilemmas in the development of science and technology
/ social stratification and racial hierarchies

Application Fees + Deadlines

Non-refundable application fee: $100
Non-refundable late application fee: $150
Application deadline: January 31, 2019
Late application deadline: February 15, 2019
Notification: March 1, 2019
Exhibition dates: July 17 – 21, 2019

“YCNI” alums include: Karen Archey, Curator of Contemporary Art for Time-Based Media at Stedelijk Museum; Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Stamatina Gregory, Associate Dean of the School of Art at The Cooper Union; Jenny Jaskey, Director of The Artists’ Institute; Larry Ossei-Mensah, Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Laura Ptak, Executive Director and Curator of Art in General; Stephanie Roach, Director of The Flag Art Foundation; Jose Ruiz, Director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Legacy Russell, Associate Curator at Studio Museum in Harlem; Andrew Russeth, Executive Editor of ARTnewsLumi Tan, Curator at The Kitchen; and Cleopatra’s [Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Kate McNamara & Erin Somerville] to name a few.

Past participating artists include: Michele Abeles, A.K. Burns, Talia Chetrit, Tyler Coburn, Craig Drennen, Bryan Graf, Hugo McCloud, Erin Jane Nelson, Jessica Ann Peavy, Alex Prager, Josh Reames, Asha Schechter, Adam Parker Smith, Jaret Vadera, Jeffrey Vallance, Hannah Whitaker, Bryan Zanisnik and AIDS-3D to name a few.

YOUNG CURATORS, NEW IDEAS   is an experimental platform for independent curators, founded in Brooklyn in 2008 by Amani Olu. Since its inception, “YCNI” has presented exhibitions by 31 curators featuring 104 artists.

Newly refurbished and newly discovered, TRUMBULL & PORTER HOTEL has undergone a major renovation touching all aspects of the hotel including 144 guest rooms, drinks and dining, a spacious fitness center and an outdoor courtyard that has become the place in Detroit to see and be seen. Modern amenities are thoughtfully appointed, as guests enjoy designer rooms with custom furniture built by Michigan artisans. Located in the revived Corktown neighborhood, the hotel features the award-winning Red Dunn Kitchen. Trumbull and Porter proudly supports marriage equality for all couples.

DETROIT ART WEEK  aims to help establish Detroit as a global destination for contemporary art and culture. Produced by Olu & Company, DAW’s mission is to promote Detroit artists, galleries, and cultural institutions worldwide through its annual, 5-day festival and year-round programming. DAW is a 501c3 charitable organization registered in Michigan.

OLU & COMPANY provides marketing and business consulting services to individuals, companies and organizations in the arts and beyond. 

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