Draper Experiment 2019

Notification by: June 29, 2018
(due to the volume of applications, only selected artists will be notified)
Application fee: $20

Exhibition dates to be announced. 

The Delaware Contemporary introduces the Draper Experiment, an exhibition cycle featuring local, regional, and national artists. Each accepted exhibition will be on display in our E. Avery Draper Showcase for two months, beginning with an opening reception during our first Friday Art Loop. The Draper Experiment is not only for experimental artwork or performance, but is, in itself, an experiment, embodying The Delaware Contemporary’s mission of innovative opportunities for contemporary artists. Individual artists, artist groups, and artist collectives are invited to submit proposals for their Draper Experiment.

This proposal should include a statement about your project including the theme, how you plan to install it, if it will change throughout the weeks on display, and any other important additional details. Due to the quick turnover of the exhibition cycle, all art should be ready-to-install by the artist or arranged for by the artist, and quickly de-installed at the end of the exhibition. We hope that you will use this unique opportunity to exercise ideas, push your current practice, or try something completely new. 

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 "Draper19":

  • 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.