Open Call for Applications

Program Description

The Drawing Center is pleased to announce the second open call for applications to Open Sessions, a new program created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators. Open Sessions is an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and gallery installations. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. We hope to work with musicians, architects, dancers, poets – anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions will foster a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. We understand drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression. All programming will be developed in conjunction with Drawing Center staff, around the questions, ideas, and approaches that concern the selected artists. For a further sense of our interests, please look at our exhibitions at

Open Sessions is a two year commitment of occasional events, described below. The content for all Open Sessions programs will come directly from participants, so applicants should be interested in an ongoing dialogue with their peers, though it is not necessary that they participate in every event. Exhibitions, collaboratively organized by small groups of Open Sessions artists, will be held approximately every other month throughout the year. We are open to considering applications from artists who will be in New York for only a portion of the two years. Artists from outside the city who will be visiting New York periodically are welcome to apply, with the understanding that more time in New York will mean more opportunities for participation. There are no fees associated with Open Sessions. Unfortunately, we cannot provide funds for travel, or housing/studio space. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in December 2015. The Open Sessions program runs January 2016 – December 2017.

Open Sessions artists will each participate in a small-group, self-organized exhibition in The Lab gallery, potentially in association with a public panel discussion or other program. During the second year, a Main Gallery exhibition will present accumulated knowledge and/or questions generated by the artists during their time in Open Sessions. Open Sessions also seeks to forge alliances with partner institutions to expand audience and exhibition platforms. OS artists are encouraged to initiate other exhibitions and projects outside The Drawing Center.

In addition to the Open Sessions Curators, four artists are selected as Open Sessions Fellows. The 2016 -17 Fellows are Daniel Bozhkov, Onyedika Chuke, Chitra Ganesh and Jina Valentine. Fellows will lead in the selection of each new group of participating Open Sessions artists, and organize a collaborative event for Open Sessions artists.

Credits: Open Sessions is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,Faber-Castell and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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