Draper Experiment 18/19

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 by 5 pm
Notification by: July 15, 2018
Application fee: $15

The Delaware Contemporary introduces the Draper Experiment, a monthly exhibition cycle starting in October 2018, featuring local, regional, and national artists. The Draper Experiment is not only for experimental artwork or performance, but is, in itself, an experiment, embodying The Delaware Contemporary’s mission of innovation and opportunities for contemporary artists. Each exhibition unit will begin with an opening reception during our first Friday Art Loop and be on display through the end of the month. 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 what the theme is, how you plan to install it, if it will change throughout the month, and any other important additional details. A selection panel will choose nine proposals, one for each month from October 2018 through June 2019. 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, experiment with craft, push your current practice, or try something completely new. 

Download the proposal.

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, if you are seeking a solo exhibition of artwork not relevant to the Draper Experiment, your proposal will not be considered. 

The Avery E. Draper Showcase is a smaller gallery, and consideration should be made for its unique position in the middle of the museum and jewel box size of 16x12 ft. 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. Tools, 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 to two days. 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. 

Please submit the following information as one single document (.DOC, .PDF) to with the exact subject line "Draper18":

  • 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 media accepted. 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 or issues complying with the submissions guidelines, please contact the associate curator Morgan Hamilton, at