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Who is eligible to apply to the Viewing Program? Who selects the artists? Are there any deadlines for applications? Can I submit an application or an update by regular mail? How many images can I submit? I am not in the Viewing Program, but I would like to show my work to a curator. Can I make an appointment to meet with one of The Drawing Center’s curators? How does The Drawing Center define drawing? Can I include images of works that are not drawings? How can I include video or animation works in my Artist Portfolio? My work doesn’t photograph well. What’s the best way to document my works? How long does it take for the Viewing Program to respond to online applications? If I am not accepted into the program, can I reapply? If accepted, for how long can I participate in the Viewing Program? When I was accepted into the Viewing Program I was not a student. But now I am about to enter an MFA program. Can I still participate?How can I make changes to my Artist Portfolio? How can I update my email address?

 

Who is eligible to apply to the Viewing Program?
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.

Who selects the artists?
The Viewing Program Curator is the primary selector.

Are there any deadlines for applications?
No, the Viewing Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Can I submit an application by mail?
We do not accept any Viewing Program applications, or updates to your existing accepted portfolio, by mail. All submissions and updates must be made online through the Artist Registry. Once you have registered as a user and logged in to your account, you can go to the Manage Portfolio page to upload your images and information.

How many images can I submit?
Applications must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images of artwork made within the past two years.

I am not in the Viewing Program, but I would like to show my work to a curator. Can I make an appointment to meet with one of The Drawing Center’s curators?
No. We do not have sufficient staff resources to meet with artists who are not in the Viewing Program.

How does The Drawing Center define drawing?
The Drawing Center does not define drawing per se. Exploring the boundaries of drawing is an important part of the institution’s mission, and our working conception of the medium is of necessity evolving. We encourage you to visit our Website to look over the range of works that have been exhibited in the past. You can also use part of your artist statement to explain how your work relates to drawing if you think it might not be immediately obvious. We’ll read it with interest and an open mind.

Can I include images of works that are not drawings?
Those artists for whom drawing is not the primary medium are encouraged to include a few images of work from their primary medium to help us to understand the role of drawing in the larger context of their work. Since these images are just for the purposes of context, the works pictured may be more than two years old.

How can I include video or animation works in my Artist Portfolio?
Our website cannot currently host sound or video files. We recommend you show stills of the works as images in your online portfolio and then link to your personal website for the video or sound clips. If you do not have a website or feel that it is not possible to view your work accurately through website clips, you may mail a DVD or CD to The Drawing Center, Attn: Viewing Program, 35 Wooster Street, NY, NY 10013. If you choose to mail in a DVD or CD, you must check off the appropriate button in the Additional Submission Materials section on the Manage My Portfolio page. These are the only circumstances under which we will accept materials by mail. All other submissions to the Viewing Program must be made online.

My work doesn’t photograph well. What’s the best way to document my work?
If your work is highly detailed, we recommend that you include one or two close-ups in addition to an overall view. For some works, you may get the best results by using a flatbed scanner. When you document your work, put yourself in the position of a viewer seeing your work for the very first time. The images should simulate the ideal viewing experience.

How long does it take for the Viewing Program to respond to online applications?
The Viewing Program generally sends an email response within five months of receiving submissions. The Drawing Center is closed for the month of August, so response time may be longer during the summer.

If I am not accepted into the program, can I reapply?
Artists not chosen for inclusion in the Viewing Program are welcome to submit a new portfolio at least one year after their most recent submission.

If  accepted, for how long can I participate in the Viewing Program?
You are required to update your online portfolio with a minimum of five new images at least once within every two-year period from your acceptance date into the Viewing Program. If you do not, your file will be automatically removed. It is up to you to keep track of the timeline for when to perform updates. Your ongoing participation is also contingent on periodic reviews of your online portfolio to keep track of developments in your work and to ensure that the work reflect the scope of The Drawing Center’s active interests. If you are removed from the Registry for any reason, you will have to wait one year before you can submit a new portfolio for consideration.

When I was accepted into the Viewing Program I was not a student. But now I am about to enter an MFA program. Can I still participate?
We will keep your portfolio in our online Artist Registry. However, we ask that you not schedule Viewing Program meetings until you are no longer a student since your program should offer you ample opportunity for discussion and feedback about your work.

How can I make changes to my Artist Portfolio?
To change your Artist Portfolio, go to the Manage Portfolio page to change or add new images, captions, artist statement, and bio/CV.

How can I update my email address?
Since email is our primary method of communication, it is crucial that we have your current email address on file. When you log in to your account, you will be taken automatically to your User Account page, where you can change your email address and/or your password at any time.