Curatorial Intensive: Summer 2011


Curatorial Intensive: Summer 2011


Program Dates: July 10-18, 2011
Application Deadline: March 18, 2011

Recognizing the need to support curatorial talent and provide low-cost practical training in the current economic climate, Independent Curators International (ICI) initiated the Curatorial Intensive — the first major short-course training program for emerging curators in the United States. Last year ICI organized two iterations of the Curatorial Intensive, bringing 31 curators from 14 countries and 13 states to New York to develop ideas for exhibitions and strengthen their curatorial thinking.

This summer, 10-14 curators from around the world will be selected from an open competition to participate in the next Curatorial Intensive for a rigorous 8-day schedule of workshops, discussions, critiques, and presentations, as well as site visits to local institutions, private collections, and artists’ studios. Teachers and advisors for this program include independent curators Cecilia Alemani,Regine Basha, and Teresa Gleadowe; Kate Fowle, Executive Director, ICI; Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns; and Christian Rattemeyer, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings, MoMA.

After the New York phase of the project is complete, ICI will continue working with participants long-distance to finalize their proposals for publication on ICI’s website. Based on ICI’s frequent requests from aspiring curators who approach the organization for advice with ideas for exhibitions, this program provides a practical and hands-on professional development course in the world of curating exhibitions.

The Curatorial Intensive was developed by ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who joined ICI after working as the International Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Prior to her time in China, Fowle spent 6 years in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, where she was the director of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice, which she founded in 2002 with Ralph Rugoff.

The Curatorial Intensive is made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

Read about the fall 2010 iteration of the Curatorial Intensive, focused on curating in the public realm.

Read about the pilot Curatorial Intensive program in summer 2010.


The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers emerging curators the chance to develop their exhibition ideas and make connections to leaders in the field, providing the opportunity to forge new international networks through peer-group education. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

Read the proposals developed during the 2010 Curatorial Intensive.

Fees & Scholarships

The program fee is $1,500. Participants will be responsible for covering travel and accomodation expenses. In our commitment to make the Curatorial Intensive accessible to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds, ICI will offer generous scholarship packages, subsidizing or eliminating program fees and travel expenses of several program participants.

Applicants interested in applying for scholarships must answer section 6 of the online application form, available below.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the Curatorial Intensive, you must submit the following online application form, which must include a 300-word description of an exhibition idea the applicant would like help in developing. Submissions should include an exhibition concept or key idea, and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required is a current resume, plus a short statement of intent that outlines why applicants want to participate in the Curatorial Intensive, as well as an example of a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicants. The application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2011.

Click here to submit your application form for the Curatorial Intensive.

Learn more

For further information about the Curatorial Intensive, please contact Chelsea Haines, Education & Public Programs Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 212-254-8200 x26.