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FotoFest will accept proposals for its inaugural artist-run, artist-organized exhibition series through May 27, 2024. 

Three winning proposals will be realized as discrete exhibitions presented at FotoFest between October 4­–November 17, 2024. Artist-run spaces, collectives, and networked groups of artists are invited to submit a proposal online via FotoFest’s Submittable platform. 

About the Artist-run, Artist-organized exhibition series

Artist-run, Artist-organized is comprised of three exhibitions, curated and organized by Texas-based artist-run organizations, presented concurrently at FotoFest’s Sawyer Yards campus. Designed as a platform to support community-focused artist-run groups and organizations, the Artist-run, Artist-organized project consists of a call for exhibition proposals from artist-run groups in Texas, three of which will be selected to receive up to $5,000 each in exhibition, programming, and promotional support for their projects. The 2024 presentation of Artist-run, Artist-organized marks the debut of a long-term series of exhibitions.

Submission process

Proposals up to 1,000 words should describe a conceptual group exhibition featuring Texas-based artists who utilize image-based media (At least 50% film, photography, video, AI, computer-generated images, and/or light-based work) as part of their practice. Proposals demonstrating an experimental and educational approach to examining contemporary ideas in Texas art, photography, and cultural and political issues are highly sought after. Each exhibition will fill 300 linear feet of wall space.

Applicants must provide a concept and details statement, a preliminary illustrated checklist, two public programming event descriptions, a budget (not to exceed $5,000), and a statement describing the mission and history of the applying artist-run organization. There is no fee to apply, and artist-run organizations can submit multiple projects. The deadline to apply is May 27 at 11:59 PM.

See the links below for templates and examples:

Exhibition concept concept and details statement example:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aFSygEJHP3BZiZzjoXPDJfshPQaeJIQH/view?usp=sharing

Exhibition checklist example:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HDMMtKLBdNAqMeXe-Lnl9UDE6Ewdi1Bp/view?usp=sharing

Exhibition checklist template:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WeItVsOFQATt1XPUFzoL61ravzyijqFL/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108897822488780174671&rtpof=true&sd=true

Exhibition budget template:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mAH1-oZNhCbX1DYqw3Cv_mIuV9K3y0Jo/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108897822488780174671&rtpof=true&sd=true

What the winning applicants will receive

- $5,000 in production support including artist fees, shipping, framing, and materials.

- Access to FotoFest’s frame inventory.

- Professional administration, mentorship, and curatorial support from FotoFest staff.

- Promotional support including advertising via local media and FotoFest’s online outlets.

- Professional installation and in-gallery art handling support.

- Professionally designed title walls, wall labels, didactics, and ephemera.

- Publication in a bespoke FotoFest gallery guide.

- Support for at least two free-to-the-public events or programs (one of which must be an exhibition tour).  

Review process

A review panel consisting of FotoFest staff and four jurors external to FotoFest will select three exhibitions for presentation at FotoFest. Winning applicants will be notified on June 3, 2024. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.