The HAM Program for Independent Curators is a dynamic project that opens the way for an array of ideas and viewpoints on contemporary art, craft, and design to be presented in the Hunterdon Art Museum’s exhibitions program.
The Hunterdon Art Museum focuses on new and innovative work in all forms and mediums with the goal of creating dialogue, generating ideas and sparking creativity. HAM has a particular interest in work that explores the intersection of art, craft and design and work that displays the qualities of craftsmanship while pushing the limits of the materials in innovative ways.
Founded in 1952 in rural New Jersey, the Museum is housed in a former mill dating back to 1836, that is on the National Historic Register. The Museum’s nineteenth century stone building is a perfect setting for twenty-first century art. Visitors view the art in a unique space that enhances their experience. The Museum presents more than a dozen exhibitions and offers more than 300 studio courses annually.
Curatorial Proposal Submission Guidelines
The Museum seeks proposals that focus on innovative work by artists of outstanding potential and established artists who have international, national or regional reputations. Proposals may be for thematic or solo shows. Curators should have a track record of creating exhibitions in the fields of contemporary art, craft, and design; however, the Museum will also accept for review proposals from emerging curators developing their careers. Curators may not include their own work in the proposed exhibition. Additionally, the exhibition should not have been on view within 50 miles of the Museum’s location.
Ideally, proposals should be submitted one to two years in advance of the proposed exhibition; however, shorter lead times will be considered and in some cases desired. Please do not send original art or documents, as materials will not be returned. The Museum will contact curators of interest for an in-person discussion with the Museum’s Exhibitions Committee to determine whether the proposal is feasible.
We are particularly interested in hearing from curators in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania area. (Curators, please note that the Museum is 55 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia. Public transportation is available from New York City from Port Authority. There is no direct public transportation from Philadelphia to Clinton. By car, the Museum is easily accessible from Route 78.)
Proposals may be sent to:
Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, New Jersey 08809
Or emailed to:ham-guidelines-for-curators-11-22-16-new-pdf
(Please use Independent Curator Submission as the subject.)
You can get all the details on our Independent Curator’s Program and an Exhibition Proposal Form here.