2020 LAB MFA Open Call - CLOSED

At this time we remain committed to selecting an MFA student for a summer residency and exhibition but please note schedules for the residency and exhibition opening dates are subject to change due to COVID-19.

Opportunity: LAB MFA - Summer Residency and Exhibition for current MFA students

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW - Deadline extended to April 15, 2020 

Opportunity Description: Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative art space, invites graduate-level artists to submit project proposals for an exhibition in our 400-sq ft Project Room during the summer of 2020.

Exhibition proposals should reflect an expansion of an artist’s practice in conceptual scope, scale, or media. Proposals can reflect new work that will be created for the exhibition that has never been presented before or work created on site. 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 with an emphasis on site-specificity and installation. To see past examples of past LAB MFA and past Project Room installations, please see our Past Exhibitions. 

Please keep in mind, we are not a traditional gallery space. If the exhibition could easily be presented in a traditional gallery setting or could be realized without the support of our organization, it is unlikely for us to consider your proposal. We are not a commercial gallery, we do not offer artist representation.

We accept proposals from artists working in any media and artists can apply as individuals or two-person collaboratives presenting a singular project. 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. Open Calls are juried by a panel of both local and national artists, curators and educators. 

Locust Projects provides an artist stipend of $1250 (includes fee for one public program), production budget up to $1,000. Production Costs may include (but are not limited to): production/fabrication, equipment rental, materials, specialized lighting, professional/technical support, public programs and activations and related participant fees based upon W.A.G.E. fee calculations, artist travel above and beyond the provided stipend, installation/construction labor above and beyond the provided preparator assistance, shipping, disposal, and any other costs required to realize and de-install the Project beyond basic infrastructure and artist fees provided by Locust Projects. Basic infrastructure provided includes: access to existing AV equipment, tools, and supplies as available, in addition to up to 20 hours of preparator/contract labor assistance during the install/de-install period.

Selected artists are also eligible for a $500 stipend towards travel costs to and from Miami (for artists from outside of the area), and free accommodations at Locust Projects’ furnished residence house located one block from Locust and Miami’s Design District starting June 19 and available through August 5. The residence may house multiple artists concurrently in individual bedrooms in a 2 bedroom/1 bath house.

Selected artists will commit to the creation of a public program which consists of a conversation, performance, collaboration or other program presented in conjunction with their project and residency. Cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Miami-based organizations or individuals is encouraged.

The exhibition will tentatively open with a public reception on July 11, 2020 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.

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Application Deadline: Sunday March 29 - EXTENDED to APRIL 15, 2020, midnight EST

Eligibility: Artists currently enrolled in MFA studio art programs in the U.S. during spring 2020

*At this time we remain committed to selecting an MFA student for a summer residency and exhibition but please note schedules for the residency and exhibition opening dates are subject to change due to COVID-19.

*Residency opportunity dates: June 19 - August 5, 2020 *Artists can stay as long as they wish during Residency opportunity period as long as their installation is completed by July 11 and they are present for any committed public programs. Note residence second bedroom may be occupied by another artist at some point during this time period.

Exhibition dates: Saturday, July 11 - August 1, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 6-8pm

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS. Please submit the following information through Submittable. 

  1. Artist resume or CV. Please include artist contact information.

  2. Project proposal (250 word max.)

  3. Project Budget (outline of estimated production expenses including de-installation)

  4. Images/renderings of proposed artwork for Locust Projects’ Project Room. Locust Projects Floor plan and images are accessible on the left side of this page.

  5. Artist Statement  (max. 150 words)

  6. Images: 4 images of recent/ related work with captions accompanying all images

  7. Letter of recommendation from a current professor

Please send questions to submissions@locustprojects.org.

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