As a non-collecting institution without a board of trustees, our mission is fluidity. In nourishing experimental impulses, we offer artists the chance to present their work in a rare non-commercial art environment, which gives us the freedom to question traditional notions of authorship, cultural production, and reception in order to open up unusual subject positions for our audiences.
Knockdown Center accepts proposals of all shapes and sizes on a rolling basis and reviews them biannually with our curatorial advisory board. To submit a proposal, please refer to the proposal guidelines that best suit your project. In addition to our large main space, our building has many opportunities for smaller scale projects of all kinds. Please format your answers in a single PDF and email it to mail@knockdown.center.

EXHIBITION – MAIN SPACES (4-6 WEEKS)

  • 1. Concept: In one page or less describe your idea, what it involves, how it will engage the space/public, what your intentions  and goals are, why you think it would be relevant and important to undertake at Knockdown Center.
  • 2. Bio: Give us a sense of your background and experience, including a sample of your previous/relevant work experience.
  • 3. Exhibiting artist info: Provide us with bio, links and information about exhibiting artists. NOTE: it is expected that all participating artists have been contacted and have expressed interest and availability to participate.
  • 4. Images: Please include 5 – 15 images of works included or representative of what will be included. For movement based mediums, please include video samples.
  • 5. Logistics: initial understanding of how the works would be installed at Knockdown (please refer to the floor plan). List any technical requirements or special considerations.
  • 6. Programming: Describe any additional programming (performances, talks, etc.) that you would like to include during the run of your exhibition.
  • 7. We often have a few things in the building at the same time. Please consider the ways in which sharing the building may impact your project.
  • 8. Budget overview.

** Rules always have some exceptions, but generally:
Proposals for group shows should not include the curator’s own work
We do not rent our space for exhibitions.
We do not present thesis exhibitions or work by currently enrolled students.





SHORT TERM PROJECT/EVENT **

  • 1. Concept: In one page or less describe your idea, what it involves, how it will engage the space/public, what your intentions  and goals are, why you think it would be relevant and important to undertake at Knockdown Center.
  • 2. Bio: Give us a sense of your background and experience, including a sample of your previous/relevant work experience.
  • 3.  Exhibiting artist info: Provide us with bio, links and information about participating artists. NOTE: it is expected that all participating artists have been contacted and have expressed interest and availability to participate.
  • 4. Images: Please include 5 – 15 images of works included or representative of what will be included. For movement based mediums, please include video samples.
  • 5. Logistics: initial understanding of how the works would be installed at Knockdown (please refer to the floor plans). List any technical requirements or special considerations.
  • 6. Timeline: Describe the full production timeline of your project including load-in, installation, tech/rehearsals, event time(s) and load out.
  • 7. We often have a few things in the building at the same time. Please consider the ways in which sharing the building may impact your project. (this applies more to projects that live in the main spaces)
  • 8. Expected attendance and ticket price if applicable.
  • 9. Budget overview.

** Short term projects/events can take the form of installations, dance, theater, readings, talks, screenings and etc.