After two years of our Curatorial Residency Program, Wave Pool is offering another opportunity for aspiring local curators to execute a 6-week exhibition and expanding the program to intentionally include one woman of color curator.
Beyond internships at local museums, Cincinnati is overwhelmingly lacking in opportunities for local aspiring curators. This program seeks to foster the ongoing professional development allowing an individual with curatorial inclinations to find their voice and gain experience within their own city.
This is especially true for minorities, specifically for women of color. According to a national study in 2015 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, only 4 percent of museum curators, conservators, educators and leaders African-American, and 3 percent Hispanic. “People of color have had difficulty entering the pipeline, facing barriers that include exclusion from informal mentoring networks, resistance to alternative perspectives on art history, and financial hurdles: many entry-level internships are unpaid,” a recent NY Times article explained.
It is for these reasons and others that we are most grateful to Morgan and Eddie Rigaud for their gift to create the Rigaud Curatorial Residency for Women of Color, expressly geared towards women-identifying curators of color driving positive social change through their work.
Given the dearth of prospects for aspiring arts organizers locally, the Curatorial Residency Program enables those in need of experience to pursue this kind of professional development.
The residents will receive:
· a modest exhibition budget of $1,500
· a curatorial honoraria of $500
· administrative support
· marketing assistance
· housing for the length of the exhibition if necessary
· gallery space to fulfill bold visions for an art exhibition
This year we will select two Curatorial Residents, one of which will be the Rigaud Curatorial Residency. The award winners will be chosen by a jury of local artists, arts administrators and community members and based on their project’s potential to address Wave Pool’s socially-relevant mission.
Forming new creative partnerships and engaging community residents through programming, our two Curatorial Residents for 2020 will serve Wave Pool’s mission: to pair community’s knowledge of their needs with artists’ sense of possibility.
The application period for the 2020 Curatorial Residency is now closed. Please check back in Summer 2020 for the next opportunity to apply.
2019 Curatorial Resident:
Wave Pool is proud to present local architect and curator David Corns as our 2019 curatorial resident. In June 2019 Corns will curate an exhibition entitled, The Uncanny Valley, referencing the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it. Corns’ exhibition proposes that this experience of the uncanny valley can be appropriated from AI and robotics to the ordinary everyday. This feeling of uneasiness is experienced not just visually but through the other senses as well. Like the surrealists painters of the past, or a contemporary example of David Lynch, how can artists use the effect of uncanniness to address issues of everyday life--whether it be social, political or economic, to get to a deeper truth?