Curatorial Intensive / ICI’s exhibitions

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 andRegine Basha; 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, so broad publics, as well as the hundreds of institutions with which ICI works, can view the final proposals.

Application Guidelines
Please visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Intensive online. Applications must include a 300-word description of an exhibition idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should cover an exhibition concept and any artists that the applicant is considering for inclusion. Also required is a current resume, a short letter of intent that outlines why the applicant wants to participate in the program, and an example of a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicant.

Fees and Scholarships
The program fee is 1,500 USD. Participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. ICI also offers generous scholarship packages, subsidizing or eliminating the program fees and travel expenses of four program participants.

About the Curatorial Intensive
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers emerging curators the chance to develop exhibition ideas and make connections to professionals in the field. It provides the opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks between aspiring curators internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

The Curatorial Intensive was developed by ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who joined the organization 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.

For more information, visit ICI’s website, or contact us at or 1-212-254-8200.

About Independent Curators International
ICI produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences. In 35 years, ICI has organized 116 traveling exhibitions, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The resulting networks include 590 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 25 countries. 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.


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