Knockdown Center’s mission is to be responsive to the needs of cultural producers making experimental and cross-disciplinary work, and to provide a platform for in-depth inquiry from varying viewpoints across diverse formats. Through an open proposal process, we offer artists, curators, and organizers the freedom to challenge traditional notions of presentation and reception.

Knockdown Center accepts proposals of any form, scale, and subject matter on a rolling basis and reviews them biannually with our curatorial advisory board. To submit a proposal, please refer to the proposal guidelines below and refer to the floorplans to identify the space that best suits your project. Please format your answers in a single PDF and email it to mail@knockdown.center.

Please note:
Proposals for group shows should not include the organizer’s own artwork.
We do not rent our space for exhibitions.

EXHIBITION – MAIN SPACES (4-6 WEEKS)

  • 1. Project Description: In one page or less, clearly describe your exhibition concept, all elements involved, and state why it is relevant to present at Knockdown Center.
  • 2. Checklist: Please provide information about each artwork considered for inclusion in the exhibition, including: artist, title, date, medium, dimensions (if applicable), installation components, and lender information. It is expected that all participating artists and lenders have been contacted and have expressed interest and availability to participate
  • 3. Images: Please include 5 – 15 images of works included or representative documentation of what will be included. For movement based work, please include video samples via accessible links.
  • 4. Installation Plan: Describe how the exhibition would be installed in Knockdown’s space. Clearly list all spatial needs, technical and equipment requirements, specific installation considerations, and an outline of shipping logistics. Include a layout of the work in space using the floor plan.
  • 5. We often have overlapping events and programs in the building at the same time. Please consider the ways in which sharing the building may impact your project.
  • 6. Programming: Describe any additional programming (performances, talks, etc.) that you would like to include to accompany your exhibition.
  • 7.  Budget overview. Please refer to the Budget Guidelines.
  • 8. Exhibiting Artist Info: Provide bios, links, and descriptive information about all exhibiting artists.
  • 9. Curator / Producer Info: Give us a sense of your background and experience, including a sample of your relevant work experience.




TIME-BASED PROJECTS 

Time-based projects can take the form of temporary installations, dance, theater, readings, talks, screenings, etc.

  • 1. Project Description: In one page or less, clearly describe your project concept, all elements involved, and state why it is relevant to present at Knockdown Center.
  • 2. Images: Please include 5 – 15 images of works included or representative of what will be included. For movement based work, please include video samples via accessible links.
  • 3. Installation plan: Describe how the project would be installed in Knockdown’s space. Clearly list all spatial needs, technical and equipment requirements, and other specific installation considerations. Include a layout of the work in space using the floor plan.
  • 4. Timeline: Describe the full production timeline of your project including load-in, installation, tech, rehearsals, event times, and load out.
  • 5. We often have overlapping events and programs in the building at the same time. Please consider the ways in which sharing the building may impact your project.
  • 6. Expected attendance and ticket price, if applicable.
  • 7. Budget overview.
  • 8. Exhibiting Artist Info: Provide bios, links, and descriptive information about all exhibiting artists.
  • 9. Curator / Producer Info: Give us a sense of your background and experience, including a sample of your relevant work experience.