The Curatorial Initiative reflects DCAC's commitment to curatorial practice as an integral part of supporting emerging and under recognized artists. Each year an apprentice curator is selected to gain experience in the process of planning and mounting an exhibition by working with an experienced mentor curator. The program results in two exhibitions each year: in the spring the mentor curator selects artists and plans the exhibition and accompanying catalogue with the assistance of the apprentice; in the autumn, the roles are reversed and the apprentice plans and executes an exhibition with the assistance and advice of the mentor.

By nurturing new curators DCAC hopes to bring fresh perspectives into our own programming while assisting a new generation of curators who will take the knowledge they gain into our arts community and beyond.

Applicants must have a strong desire to participate in the program and be willing to work with the mentor’s schedule. They should demonstrate good writing skills and an appreciation for visual art but need not have experience as a curator. Applications are reviewed by the mentor curator with the director; however the final selection is left to the curator. DCAC welcomes applications from established curators to participate as mentors and a small stipend for both curators is provided. The Curatorial Initiative was launched in 2005 with a major grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and continues through the generous support of our members and funders.


DCAC's Curatorial Initiative 2017:

Mentor Curator: Rebecca Cross
Apprentice Curator: Sarah Burford

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Michael Corigliano, Stumbling Forward, 2015, Photographs, 84" x 96"

Macho - The Mask of Masculinity

Curated by Rebecca Cross
Apprentice Curator: Sarah Burford

Damon Arhos, Michael Corigliano, Hector Emanuel, 
Timothy Johnson, Joseph Daniel Robert OLeary,
Mark Newport, Kate Warren, Dawn Whitmore

April 28 - May 28, 2017

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