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Monday, November 16, 2009


Posted on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM

We got word this morning that the Contemporary Art Institue of Detroit will be holding a curator’s exhibition at its Ladybug Gallery in South-West Detroit on December18. Curators who participate will be considered to curate a larger exhibition at a later date based on their prototype exhibition displayed on the 18th.

"Curators are invited to bring work of any size, medium (sculpture, photo, fashion, film, architecture and more) or quantity from not less than three (3) and not more than twenty (20) artists based locally, nationally and/or internationally. Curators will be responsible for installing the work in any location in the gallery on a first come first serve basis. For the prototype exhibition, each curator will be restricted to usage of not more than 36 sq ft of wall space and 36 sq ft of floor space, regardless of how many curators participate. Work is not required to be installed within one continuous 36 sq ft space, however all work combined cannot occupy more than 36 sq ft of floor and wall space (72 sq ft if both wall and floor are utilized)."

CAID will provide awards to one or more curators selected by CAID board chairperson and curator Aaron Timlin will select at least one curator who will curate his or her own larger exhibition to open in the spring of 2010 in over 2000 sq ft of gallery space at CAID. The selected curator(s) will receive a modest stipend of between $100 and $500. The actual amount determined by the selected curator and CAID board.

Curator’s must have information on each of the artists they include (bios,resumes) and must have each artist sign an exhibition consignment contract (available online ( or at the CAID.

Artists need not be present for installation or for the opening reception.

The curator’s prototype exhibition is open to emerging and established curators who are members of the CAID. Curators who are not members of the CAID may obtain an annual membership for $12 prior to the installation of their exhibition.

Installation dates and times at Ladybug Gallery are as follows:

Tuesday, November 17 from 6pm to 8pm

Sunday, November 29 from 12pm to 4pm

Tuesday, December 8 from 4pm to 6pm

Sunday, December 13 from 12pm to 4pm

CAID will be responsible for labeling the work and hosting an opening reception for the prototype exhibitions. Work may be listed for sale (CAID will receive 33% of sales). CAID will provide tools and hanging supplies, however, curators are encouraged to bring their own tools and supplies, too. Certain audio video equipment will be available (video and slide projectors, speakers, DVD and CD players, etc.) on a first come first serve basis for a nominal rental fee.

Participating curators are encouraged to provide a curatorial statement about their exhibition. This is not required, but may be used when considering the awardee(s).

Prototype will open with a public reception on December 18 from 6 to 10 p.m.

For more contact CAID at or (313) 899-2243 ext 151


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