ECP Call for Proposals 2019-2020

DEADLINE: October 4th, 2019, 11:59PM PST


Call for Curatorial Proposals

The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is currently accepting exhibition proposals for its Emerging Curators Program (ECP) which will culminate in two public multidisciplinary art exhibits at community spaces in the SF Bay Area in Spring 2020. Through a series of four (4) guided workshops, weekly check-ins, and hands-on assistance, AAWAA provides mentorship and support for exhibition production from start to finish.

Designed to remove barriers to entry for would-be curators, and increase exhibition opportunities for Asian Pacific American (APA) women artists, the Emerging Curators Program is open to all women curators of color who are interested in curating exhibition themes relevant to APA women artists. We welcome proposals from artists and curators with little or no experience as well as established curators who are new to curating Asian American women focused exhibitions.

ECP Mentors

Melanie Elvena, Arts Producer and Curator

Diana Li, Artist, Organizer and Curator (Agrarianaa, Appendix, APAture 2017)

Michelle A. Lee, Interdisciplinary Artist and Curator (Agrarianaa, Shifting Movements, Eating Cultures)

Exhibition Venues

To be announced…

Application Requirements

  • A 300-500 word curatorial proposal highlighting key ideas, themes, and aesthetic vision for an exhibition with a majority of its artworks to be by Asian Pacific American women artists
  • Applicant’s short biography (250 words max) or resume
  • Signed agreement to participate in four (4) ECP workshops (Oct 21-22, 2017), exhibition installation, opening reception, and deinstallation (schedule flexible)


  • A list of artists and artworks proposed for the exhibition
  • Up to 8 images of artwork by artists to be included in the exhibition
  • Up to 3 video link urls on publicly hosted sites (i.e. youtube, vimeo, etc.)

Program Benefits:

  • Professional development workshops on Curating, Fundraising, Planning, and Publicity Mentors
  • Exhibition, Venue and Publicity costs covered
  • $1,000 Stipend per accepted ECP Curatorial Proposal
  • Direct access to AAWAA’s network of artists
  • Hands-on curatorial and exhibition production experience
  • Work directly with AAWAA Staff
  • Recognition at AAWAA’s 30th Anniversary event on Saturday, October 19, 2019


  • All women curators of color who are interested in curating exhibition themes relevant to Asian American women artists
  • Teams with two or more people are welcome to apply (stipend will be divided equally among team members)
  • The majority of artworks included in the proposal should be by Asian American women artists
  • Curators must be able to attend the scheduled workshops October 19th and 26th, and commit to weekly check-ins with program coordinators
  • Those with 5 years or less experience in the curatorial field are considered emerging

Important Dates

Notification Date: October 11, 2019

Welcome Reception: 

Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 4:30-6pm (AAWAA 30th Anniversary Event)

Workshop Dates*:

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, 11am-2pm

Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 11am-2pm

*may be subject to change

Selection Process

The AAWAA ECP Committee will review all submitted proposals. Proposals will be judged primarily on the strength and clarity of curatorial concepts, quality of proposed artwork (if applicable), and feasibility of successful execution (space/time limitations, etc.) One exhibition proposal with pre-selected artists and one exhibition proposal with no / few pre-selected artists will be chosen. AAWAA will also conduct an interview process to make sure this mentorship program is an appropriate fit for the applicant.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete ECP Online Submission Form

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 4th, 2019, 11:59PM PST

Need more info? Email Programs Coordinator Diana Li at with questions.