Call to MFA Candidates

The Lab MFA

Nick Gilmore, LAB MFA: Quick Millennia, 2013.
Image credit Ginger Photography and courtesy of Locust Projects.

Opportunity: LAB MFA

Eligibility: Artists currently enrolled in MFA studio art programs in the U.S. during spring 2018

Opening Residency opportunity: June 18, 2018 to August 4, 2018

Artists can stay as long as they wish during this period as long as their installation is completed by July 13 and they are present for any committed public programs.

Deadline: Monday, April 23, 2018

Opportunity Description
Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space, invites graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in our Project Room during the summer of 2018. Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of an artist’s practice in conceptual scope, scale or media. Proposals can reflect work that will be created for the exhibition or new work that has never been presented before. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate exceptionally unique methods, processes, or concepts, particularly those that could not be presented in a traditional gallery setting.
We accept proposals from artists working in any media and artists can apply as individuals or two-person collaboratives presenting a singular idea. Special consideration will be given to artists who are presenting work that is directly related to their MFA studies or artists who have never realized a solo exhibition previously.
All artists must be currently enrolled in an MFA program during the spring of 2018 to apply for the LAB MFA program. Locust Projects provides a stipend for project-related costs up to $1,000, a budget of $500 towards travel costs to and from Miami, and free accomodations at Locust Projects’ furnished residence house located one block from Locust and Miami’s Design District starting June 18 and available through August 4. As part of their project, the artist will commit to the creation of a public program, either a public Practice + Process presentation, performance, or other program of the artist’s choosing. Collaborations with other Miami-based organizations or individuals is encouraged.
The selected artist will have support from the Exhibitions Manager to assist on logistics related to the installation, the creation of exhibition texts, promotion, and any programs related to the project.
The exhibition will open with a public reception on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in conjunction with the opening of the summer co-hort of Locust Art Builders, an art immersive for up to 25 Miami-based teens that takes place in the Main Gallery simultaneous with LAB MFA. The exhibition will close on August 31, 2018.

Submissions must be submitted to our Submittable form and received no later than 11:59 PM on May 2nd, 2018. No late submissions will be accepted. We highly suggest you apply prior several days prior to this deadline in order to ensure there are no technical difficulties in submitting in the hours prior to the May 2nd deadline.

Click here to access our Submittable form


  1. Artist resume or CV. Please include artist contact information.
  2. Project proposal (500 word max.), including budget for supplies (up to $1,000)
  3. Images, renderings or layout of proposed artwork for Locust Projects’ LP2. The floor plan is available here
  4. Artist Statement (max. 250 words)
  5. Images: 8 images of recent/ related work with captions accompanying all images
  6. Caption list for images
  7. Letter of recommendation from a current professor
  8. Please submit as one PDF using the Submittable form by May 2. You can access the Submittable form by clicking here