Propose an Exhibition

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Propose an Exhibition

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers students and faculty the unique opportunity to curate exhibitions in the Becker Gallery for teaching and student engagement. Students and faculty collaborate with curatorial staff to develop a focused show that makes use of the museum collections. For faculty, Becker Gallery exhibitions offer an ideal source of research and writing projects to organize a semester around and explore an important theme or historical moment. For individual students, student organizations, and groups, exhibitions offer an opportunity to work closely with curatorial staff and a faculty sponsor to develop a show that might relate to an experimental idea, academic interest, or specific subject matter.

Three exhibitions are installed yearly in the Becker Gallery. The exhibition slots for each academic year are:

  • November – February
  • February – March
  • April – June

Applications for available slots are reviewed twice yearly: 1) in April for exhibitions the following November and February, and in late September for exhibitions in February (if open) and March.

Student and faculty exhibitions in the Becker Gallery are on view for approximately six weeks. In the case of faculty-curated exhibitions, faculty often assign research and writing projects based on one or more works of art in the exhibition, or have students deliver oral presentations on select pieces. Students in a course can also become involved in the process of conceiving an exhibition, by selecting works, planning the layout, and writing gallery texts over the course of a semester. In partnership with curatorial staff and a class instructor or faculty sponsor, students select works, plan the layout, and write gallery texts for their exhibition. Students may also think of programming related to student organizations on campus as part of the development process.

Faculty- and student-curated exhibitions generally require advance planning of several months, so please contact us as early as possible. Curatorial staff will collaborate with you to develop an exhibition concept, choose appropriate works of art, and design and install the exhibition.

Those interested in submitting an application can contact Sean P. Burrus, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow (sburrus@bowdoin.edu) with any questions.. Curatorial staff will collaborate with you to develop an exhibition concept, choose appropriate works of art, and design and install the exhibition.

The next deadline for exhibitions proposals is Friday, May 22, 2020. We are accepting applications for two exhibition opening November-February 2020-2021, and February-March, 2021. Applicants will be notified in mid-April. Access the Exhibition Proposal Form here.

Exhibition Proposal Form
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