Draper Experiment 2020

Proposal submissions open: March 31, 2019
Proposal submission deadline: May 31, 2019 by 5 PM.
Friday, June 28, 2019
(due to the volume of applications, only selected artists will be notified)
Application fee: $25

Exhibition dates to be announced. 

The Delaware Contemporary continues its successful and popular Draper Experiment, a bi-monthly exhibition cycle that begins in January 2019, featuring local, regional, and national artists. The Draper Experiment is not only for experimental artwork or performance, but is itself an experiment, embodying The Delaware Contemporary’s mission of innovation and providing a wealth of opportunities for contemporary artists. Each exhibition term will begin with an opening reception during our first Friday Art Loop. Individual artists, artist groups, and artist collectives are invited to submit proposals for their Draper Experiment.

We hope that you will use this unique opportunity to exercise ideas, experiment with craft, push your current practice, or try something completely new. Draper Experiment is a do-it yourself affair, however your artwork will be respected and protected as any other artwork in our galleries. A selection panel will choose up to six proposals for exhibition from January to December 2020.

Our goal for the Draper Experiment is to break from traditional curatorial and exhibition practice. Artists, artist groups, and artist collectives should form a solid proposal that discusses a contemporary issue, addresses/critiques modern society, or pushes a conversation. Any artist over the age of 18 can apply to the Draper Experiment and any medium will be considered. We will only review conceptual or in-progress proposals of NEW WORK ONLY, if you are seeking a solo exhibition of artwork not relevant to the Draper Experiment, your proposal will not be considered. 

The E. Avery Draper Showcase is a small jewel box size gallery space of 16x12 ft and consideration should be made for its unique position in the center of the museum. You can download a gallery floor plan here. A successful proposal will incorporate these features. The artist or artist group is responsible for installation and de-installation of all work involved, this includes preparing the walls for your exhibition and 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. Though the installation work is performed by the artist(s), you and your artwork will be treated as any other artist exhibiting at The Delaware Contemporary. Full administrative help will be granted to accepted applicants to ensure a successful exhibition. Artwork need not be for sale (NFS).

Please submit the following information as one single document (.DOC, .PDF) to with the exact subject line "Draper20":

  • Proposal for exhibition

  • An artist bio and statement

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

  • CV/Resumé of artist(s) involved

  • No more than 8 images of artwork/concept artwork

  • Optional: No more than 2 URL links to video

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

  • Squarespace receipt number

All forms of media will be considered. Proposals that are submitted in multiple documents, in a format not listed above, and late submissions will not be reviewed. If you have any questions about the submissions guidelines, please contact us at 

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