What is ICI?

ICI is a small non-profit with an expansive purview. ICI is one of the few national organizations that try to bridge the relationship between what artists and curators are interested in and what the format of an exhibition can be.

Who founded ICI?

ICI was founded in 1975 by Nina Sundell and Susan Sollins.  Nina and Susan were two resourceful women who chose to focus on what was missing in the art world at the time. They were aware that it was very difficult to see contemporary exhibitions of quality artworks in places outside of the main centers in the U.S. and developed exhibitions, organized by themselves or other curators, which would tour the country.  Judith Olch Richards, who was with ICI for over 28 years, was Executive Director from 1997 – 2009.  In June 2009 Kate Fowle took over as Executive Director.

Where is ICI located?

ICI is based in New York at:

799 Broadway, #205
New York, NY 10003
P 212.254.8200
F 212.477.4781



What does ICI do?

ICI (Independent Curators International) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

How is ICI funded?

ICI covers operational costs for exhibitions through modest fees.  We have a major fundraising gala each fall, and a smaller spring benefit.  ICI is a non-profit 501 (3) (c) organization with a Board of Trustees and an active membership program.  To find out more about becoming involved, please contact Development Manager Kristin Nelson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Who does ICI collaborate with?

Through a range of exhibitions, diverse public programs, professional development opportunities and member programs, ICI collaborates with a wide range of constituents and communities within the art world, and beyond. In 35 years of operation it has organized 116 traveling exhibitions, as well as numerous studio visits, talks, and tours of private collections, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The shows have been presented in 590 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 25 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.

I’m an artist.  Can I submit work to ICI for consideration?

As ICI is not a gallery, we do not accept art works or portfolios.  However, we are interested in artists who have ideas for exhibitions and would ask that they submit them in the same manner as curators.

Can ICI recommend my art work to its curators for consideration?

While we would like to be able to serve as a referee for all artists, to all curators, it simply is not a viable use of our time at this point.

I’m a curator.  Can I submit an exhibition proposal to ICI?

ICI is not considering unsolicited proposals at this time, but keeps the website up to date with all opportunities related to proposals.  Please check back in the future, as we envision we are likely to review all proposals again in the coming months.  ICI is interested in hearing from independent and institutional curators, artists-as-curators, and non-traditional organizers of exhibitions.  During the current period of transition between Executive Directors, we would encourage those interested in feedback on their proposals to consider joining ICI’s professional network, The Curator’s Network. 

I represent an exhibition venue and I am interested in learning more about hosting an ICI exhibition/learning more about the exhibitions ICI has on offer.  How do I find out more information?

A good place to start is our website which has information on all our current, past and present exhibitions.  Please contact our Exhibitions Manager Fran Wu Giarratano (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for exhibitions fees and logistics.

Does ICI provide a service for traveling exhibitions that are already organized?

As a consulting service, we are willing to consider assisting other institutions to travel exhibitions that have already been organized. For further information, please contact Fran Wu Giarratano (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

How do I buy ICI’s exhibition catalogues?

Please visit our online store to purchase current exhibition catalogues.  ICI also holds rich resources in the form of past exhibition catalogues spanning the 35 years of the organization.  To enquire about past exhibition catalogues, please call Michelle Jubin 212 254 8200 x21.

How can I get involved with ICI?

See our website for membership, employment and internship opportunities, and please don’t hesitate to contact any of our staff with questions.

Do you do studio visits with artists?

ICI often visits artists’ studios as part of our membership program.  If you’d like to suggest your studio for a visit, please be in touch with Development Manager Kristin Nelson (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). 

How do I get a job or internship with ICI?

Currently available staff positions will always be listed on our website.  If you are interested in interning with ICI, please get in touch with us Chelsea Haines (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).  We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Does ICI have an exhibition space?

ICI does not have a dedicated exhibition space.  Our exhibitions travel to museums and galleries internationally.  Our public programs are itinerant, and we collaborate with other innovative institutions in order to host them, such as The New Museum and New York University.

Does ICI appraise, buy or sell art?

ICI does not buy or appraise art.  We do have a number of limited editions that we collaborate with artists to produce, some of which we have for sale on our website.  In the past, ICI has collaborated with artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Alec Soth, Robert Rauschenberg and John Baldessari on sough-after limited editions of their work.

I am working on a feature article/broadcast story on ICI/one of your exhibitions. How do I obtain an interview with an appropriate person or the correct information on ICI’s exhibitions and the participating artists?

Please contact Communications Administrator Michelle Jubin at 212 254 8200 x21 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  You may also directly contact the press department at an exhibition venue for further information on ICI’s shows while they are traveling.