Hennessy Experiment 2020

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Hennessy Experiment 2020



OPEN CALL: Hennessy Experiment 2020

Proposal submission deadline: August 2, 2019 by 5 PM.

Notification: Friday, August 9, 2019 (due to the volume of applications, only selected artists will be notified)

Application fee: $30

Exhibition dates (subject to change):  

  1. 12/21/19 - 4/9/20

  2. 4/17/20 - 8/13/20

  3. 8/21/20 - 12/17/20

The Delaware Contemporary launches the next installment of our successful and popular Draper Experiment cycle that began in January 2019, but this time with a new name and location! Hennessy Experiment will live in the Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space and intends to carry on the original intent of this space designed to promote experimental ideas and materials. Hennessy Experiment will embody The Delaware Contemporary’s mission of innovative opportunities for contemporary artists with the goal of breaking from traditional curatorial and exhibition practices. We seek artists, artist groups, and artist collectives who will use this unique opportunity as a test lab, a Petri dish, to exercise ideas and push current practices in a space to experiment with craft, materials, and mediums or something completely new.

We are looking for proposals that discuss contemporary issues, addresses/critiques society, pushes a current conversation, or exploits the use of exhibition space. A successful proposal will incorporate these features. Visit our 2019 Draper Experiment exhibition pages for reference:


Local, regional, and national artists over the age of 18 are all invited to submit proposals for Hennessy Experiment. Any medium will be considered. Those applying as groups or collectives must propose one concept that is convincingly collaborative. Only conceptual or in-progress proposals will be considered.

The Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space is a medium size gallery space of 754 square feet and 109 linear feet. Consideration should be made for its size. You can download a gallery floor plan here. For the 2020 cycle, a selection panel of the Curatorial Department will choose three proposals for exhibition from January to December 2020. Each exhibition term will begin with an opening reception during our first Friday Art Loop.

Selected artists or artist groups are responsible for installation and de-installation of all work involved, this includes restoring the gallery to its original condition after de-installation. Spackle and paint will be provided by the museum. The artwork must be installed in two to three days depending on the turnover window, and it must be de-installed in one day. Although Hennessy Experiment is a do-it yourself affair, your artwork will be respected and protected as any other artwork in our galleries. Accepted applicants will receive curatorial support to ensure a successful exhibition. Artwork need not be for sale.

Please submit the following information as one single document (.PDF only) titled “LastName_FirstName” to info@decontemporary.org with the exact subject line "H-Experiment2020":

  • Proposal for exhibition (maximum one page)

  • An artist bio and statement (Maximum length 350 words each)

  • Name and contact information (phone, email, address)

  • CV/Resumé of artist(s) involved

  • No more than 8 images of artwork/concept artwork

  • Optional: up to 2 URL links to video

  • Image list for submitted artworks including Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions

  • Squarespace receipt number

Proposals not following the above guidelines or late submissions will not be reviewed. The Delaware Contemporary reserves the right to pull an artist/s from the exhibition schedule who does not comply with the terms of the contract. If you have any questions about the submission guidelines, please contact us at info@decontemporary.org.

The Delaware Contemporary staff, family of staff, and board members may apply with the provision that artwork is not for sale or 100% of the proceeds from any work sold goes to The Delaware Contemporary.

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