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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES
 

The Viewing Program is dedicated to aiding the development of and providing visibility for the work of emerging artists. We consider an emerging artist someone who is not currently well known in his or her field and whose work has not been widely exhibited or has been under-recognized. Artists who are not currently attending school and do not have New York gallery representation are eligible to submit a portfolio for consideration. Both U.S. and international artists are encouraged to apply. Only the works of living artists will be considered.

The following materials are required to submit a portfolio:

  • 10–15 digital images of artwork made in the last two years. Images should be RGB in the JPEG format and up to 700KB in size. It is best to save the image as close to 700KB as possible, so that the Curator is able to see the work clearly and in detail. (For more specific guidelines visit the Artist Technical Support page)
  • Caption information for each artwork image: Title, Medium, Date, and Dimensions (in inches)
  • An artist statement (2,000 characters max.)
  • A biography or CV (2,000 characters max.)

To submit a portfolio you must first become a registered user of The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program website. Once you log in as a user, you may then visit the Manage Portfolio page, where you can upload your images (up to 15; you must have at least 10), arrange them, add caption information, provide a bio/CV and artist statement, and choose categories and keywords to describe your work. At any point in this process, you can click on Preview Portfolio at the bottom of the page to see how your portfolio will look before submitting it.

After you have uploaded your images and filled out all the required information, we strongly suggest that you preview your portfolio and check carefully for any errors before clicking “Submit Portfolio.”

ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR PORTFOLIO YOU CANNOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR PORTFOLIO PAGE UNTIL IT HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE DRAWING CENTER.

Because of the high number of submissions we receive, it usually takes a few months for you to receive an email concerning the status of your application. If you are accepted into the Viewing Program, your portfolio will be made public in our online Artist Registry. You will also be invited to meet with the Viewing Program Curator at The Drawing Center to review and discuss a recent selection of your work. If you are not accepted into the Viewing Program, you must wait one year to submit a new portfolio.

For more information, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions page.