This information is for artists who have already been accepted into
the Viewing Program and are awaiting an appointment with the Curator.
Please review this information to familiarize yourself
with the process. You must apply to the Viewing Program and be accepted
in order to have an appointment with the Viewing Program Curator.
With whom will I be meeting?
You will be meeting with the Viewing Program Curator. The Drawing Center has always chosen a professional, practicing artist, usually with significant teaching experience, to serve as the Viewing Program Curator.
If I have been accepted into the Viewing Program,
what is the purpose of the appointment with the Viewing Program Curator?
The purpose of Viewing Program appointments is to offer artists a chance
to discuss and receive critical feedback about their work from an experienced professional, an opportunity that can be hard to come by for working
artists. Although we do curate group exhibitions of artists selected from our Viewing Program every year, only a very small percentage of nearly 1,500 Viewing
Program artists are ever shown at The Drawing Center. We find that artists
who come for a portfolio review without the specific expectation of being included
in a future exhibition have a much easier time engaging in a comfortable, productive
dialogue with the Curator.
How do I make an appointment
to meet with the Viewing Program Curator?
IIf you have received an email that states you are eligible to schedule an appointment, please email the Viewing Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, including: your first and last name, phone number, the approximate dimensions of the largest work you plan to bring, and a few dates that you are available. We will respond within a couple of weeks to schedule an exact date and time. Please give about a month’s advance notice.
When are Viewing Program appointments available?
Appointments are available on weekdays only and times vary according to the Viewing Program Curator’s schedule.
How long do Viewing Program appointments last?
The meetings usually last between 20–40 minutes.
Where do the Viewing Program meetings take place?
Since the Drawing Center is undergoing a major expansion and renovation in the 35 Wooster Street space, we are currently conducting the meetings off site at a studio space in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, easily accessible by both the F/G and R trains. You will need to carry the work up four flights of stairs to get to the meeting space, so please be sure you are prepared for this circumstance.
What should I bring to my Viewing Program appointment?
We suggest you bring about 10 original drawings made in the past year. If your work is very large, you may want to bring fewer examples. The works are placed on a table that is about 8 x 8 feet; the largest work you bring should be no larger than the table, if possible. Some work can also be pinned to the walls. If your work is not transportable (if it is installation-based, for example), it is best to bring photographs or other types of documentation that show the work clearly, with small samples of the different elements in use, if possible. Please try to minimize the amount of time you’ll need to spend preparing and packing your work: appointments last only 20 to 40 minutes, and you’ll want to use your allotted time most effectively.
Does the Viewing Program Curator visit artists’ studios?
No. Because of the large number of Viewing Program artists we must accommodate, we are unfortunately unable to do studio visits.
I am unable to visit New York for my Viewing Program
appointment. Can I send my work by mail, have a friend bring it, or conduct
the appointment via email or telephone?
No. While artists from across the country and abroad are encouraged to submit
their work for consideration, we are not able to conduct appointments with
acquaintances of the artist, over the phone, or by email, given the importance
the Viewing Program places on one-on-one discussions.
So what are my chances of being included in an
exhibition at The Drawing Center?
Statistically speaking, not great. The Viewing Program’s mission is first
and foremost to aid in the artistic development of emerging artists and to provide
exposure of their work via the online Artist Registry. When an artist is accepted
to the Viewing Program, they join nearly 1,500 other artists, many of whom have
been a part of the program for several years. Of these artists, a small number
are included in the two or three “Selections” shows that we organize
each year. The curatorial process is an inherently subjective one, based as much
on the individual enthusiasms of the curator as on the peculiar exigencies of
a given (often themed) exhibition. Many excellent works that may have been in
the Registry for years may never be selected. However, the Registry is frequently
browsed by outside curators and researchers, and we hope that this usage provides
Viewing Program artists with opportunities outside of The Drawing Center’s
If I am selected for an exhibition at The Drawing Center, can I participate in an exhibition again?
No, artists can participate only once in an exhibition at The Drawing Center.