Each year, a visiting curator from outside the region will be invited to review submissions from an open call and select artists for in-person studio visits. From these studio visits, the curator will select two artists to be artists-in-residence at the Mattress Factory. The visiting curator will also separately select one national or international artist to join the cohort and work with the Mattress Factory to mount concurrent solo exhibitions at our Monterey Annex in 2024.
During their residency, artists are free to explore wherever their process leads them. The solo exhibitions are not intended to be a curated exhibition. The Mattress Factory will support each artist’s process from development through production and installation to exhibition. The visiting curator is also invited to write short essays on the work of the selected artists-in-residence.
Eligibility and Submissions
The Regional Open Call is open to artists living and working within 75 miles of Pittsburgh (including parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Eligible artists are invited to submit a portfolio of work and supporting documentation, which will be reviewed by the visiting curator.
Artists must submit a single, multi-page PDF file including (max. file size: 25mb):
– A 2-page (max.) Bio or CV.
– Up to 10 images for consideration. Images must be accompanied by the artwork’s Title, Year, Medium, and Dimensions. Please include any notes regarding installation if relevant. For video or audio works, please include a static image in the PDF and a link to the media. Please include the file’s password or ensure they are publicly accessible.
– Artists may also submit supporting documentation, but it is not required (i.e. press reviews or videos of artist talks).
– Please do not include project proposals in your submission.
The visiting curator for the 2022 Regional Open Call is Monique Long, independent curator in New York, NY.
Submissions close Friday May 20th, 2022 at 5:00pm EST.
This call has closed.