Curator Julie Torres with her portrait by artist Brenda Zlamany. Photo: Brenda Zlamany.

Curator Julie Torres with her portrait by artist Brenda Zlamany. Photo: Brenda Zlamany.

Special opportunity to be considered for an exhibition curated from the submissions by guest artist & curator, Julie Torres

Painted Playing Card , 2018, by Julie Torres

Painted Playing Card, 2018, by Julie Torres

We are pleased to announce that Julie Torres will jury a show curated from our Open Call. The show will run January 13–February 21, 2019. Torres is a painter and curator specializing in community-expanding collaborations.  Torres is a mover and shaker who showed her own work and independently curated shows in Bushwick, Brooklyn from 2009 to 2016 before recently relocating to Hudson Valley, NY where she is now co-director of LABspace, an artist-run space in Hillsdale, NY.

Recent curatorial projects, expressing her goal to support and connect kindred makers, thinkers and organizers, include True North, Art in America, Family Style and Do it Yourself.

Julie was recently interviewed for an article on Hyperallergic! Read it here:

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Open Call 2018/19

ECoCA is excited to announce Open Call 2018/19. Artists of all backgrounds and working across disciplines are invited to submit their work for consideration in the 2018 – 2019 programming, including online, solo, pop-up, and group exhibitions, off-site exhibitions at the Whitney Center, and work-space within the Project Room.

The Ely Center of Contemporary Art is based in New Haven, CT. Our mission is to reaffirm the testamentary wishes of Grace T. Ely, who left the Elizabethan building in Trust as an art center for emerging practice in contemporary art. We strive for ECoCA to be a synergistic charge for the expression, engagement, and germination of culture makers and their audiences by fostering a vibrant, just, and healthy creative community for generations to come.

Open Call submissions considered for 2019 with guest juror, Julie Torres, curating an exhibition to run January 13 – February 21, 2019

Deadline to apply
November 3, 11:59 pm EST

Application fee : $35*
Please note that upon submission of the application, your payment information will be requested.

Application Materials
 > Up to five images of artwork
 > CV / bio
 > Artist statement

All submissions considered for the following:
 > Exhibition juried by artist and curator, Julie Torres, for January 13 – February 21, 2019
 > Solo exhibitions
 > Online exhibitions
 > Group exhibitions
 > Project room space
 > Off-site exhibitions at Whitney Center Perspectives Gallery and other venues

Eligibility & Terms
 > Artists of all backgrounds and working in all media are welcome to apply
 > All artwork submitted must be ready to hang or install
 > Artists will be responsible for hand-delivery of artwork
 > We do not ship work
 > Works in new media, film, or video will also be considered
 > Equipment is limited, supplied equipment welcome
 > Artists may submit up to five works

* This fee does not apply to entry fees for Special Exhibition Calls.