Smack Mellon: Site Specific Proposals: (Jan. 22, 2020)

Smack Mellon is interested in proposals that consider the unusual architecture of the gallery space and encourages site-specific projects. These proposals can be considered for any show at Smack Mellon. Only artists who do not have commercial gallery representation will be considered.

We accept applications for Site-Specific Projects twice a year–in the summer and the winter. The next deadline to submit a proposal is July 17, 2019, and the following will be January 22, 2020. We will respond to each group of new applicants by the end of August and the end of February respectively. We will be reviewing submissions for 2021 or later.

Please read the guidelines below before beginning the application process.


1. Work Samples
Six (6) images and/or three (3) videos that are representative of your artistic career. Images should be saved as .jpeg or .tiff.  Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each and cued to the appropriate segment for the panel to review. Please number each work sample file to correspond to the work sample list.

2. Work Sample List
Numbers on the work sample list should correspond with the numbers in the work sample file names.
For Images: Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

For Video: Include title, date, duration, and a brief description of the work (less than 100 words).

3. Resume
Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address along with exhibition and educational background. Artists must not be represented by a commercial gallery in New York.

4. Artists’ Statement
In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work in general and your process.

5. Site-Specific Statement with a description of the proposed work and an explanation of the idea and how it relates to the space. You may submit a proposal for either Gallery One (the large space) or Gallery Two (the smaller space). Your proposed project cannot take up both spaces.

6. A Drawing of the proposed project. Please include a sketch or rendering showing how the proposed work will look in the space (in either Gallery One or Gallery Two).

7. A Map of the space marking where your project would ideally be placed. You can download a map of from the links in the right column.

Artists involved in exhibitions are responsible for the execution and installation of their own artwork. Artists should understand that they are responsible for delivering their work to the gallery, installing and de-installing their work. Smack Mellon does not have a full time staff of preparators. Smack Mellon staff can assist in installation of work requiring a bucket lift or special mounting, when arranged in advance. Our staff may also assist artists with installation of other complicated projects but will not be involved in helping the artist to build their work on site.

Specifics about the installation of artwork, the equipment and resources that Smack Mellon is able to provide will be discussed after the initial proposal has been reviewed and accepted as a proposal under consideration.

Get floor plans and apply here

Jamie Earnest