Our Curatorial Process

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Silver Eye creates original exhibitions that aim to present to the public the ongoing work of underrepresented living contemporary artists working with photography in a broad sense. We seek to feature artists whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to their practice, is conceptually rigorous, and shares unique subjective perspectives while engaging with themes relevant to our time. Our exhibitions are free and open to everyone, and accompanied by public programs such as artist talks and events.

Silver Eye’s exhibitions are programmed years in advance by the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Programs. There is no submission process, and Silver Eye does not accept or exhibit ready-to-show proposals. Instead, Silver Eye develops its exhibitions program through internally initiated studio visits and long-term relationship-building with artists, which may lead to the development of an original solo or group exhibition or other programs such as workshops or artist talks.

Exhibitions are curated by Silver Eye alongside artists, with Silver Eye offering material and creative support, often at a critical time in an artist’s practice. We collaborate with artists to create unique site-specific presentations informed by the artist’s vision and present artistic concerns, Silver Eye’s gallery space, and its ongoing commitment to its diverse audiences.

We receive a high number of unsolicited exhibitions proposals and we appreciate the opportunity to see recent work by artists. Although we do review all such proposals carefully, we are not able to provide personalized feedback. As we work on future programming, we will respond to proposals that have the potential to be a mutually good fit for the artist’s vision and creative concerns, and the needs of our mission and our audiences.