PS122 Gallery 2023 Exhibition Open Call

Dynasty (2019) Installation image

PS122 Gallery’s 2023 Exhibition Open Call marks the revival of the program—held annually since the 1986-87 season—that helped to define PS122 Gallery’s long history. This organization gave first exhibitions to artists such as Peter Halley, Keith Haring, and Amy Sillman, among many others; and exhibited hundreds more artists throughout the years like John Ahearn, Michael Ashkin, Lutz Bacher, Louise Bourgeois, Co-Lab, Petah Coyne, Karen Finley, Nan Goldin, Joanne Greenbaum, Arturo Herrera, Alfredo Jaar, Deborah Kass, Byron Kim, Larry Krone, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Vik Muniz, Thomas Nozkowski, Mira Schor, Dread Scott, Arlene Shechet, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Denyse Thomasos, and David Wojnarowicz; and writers and curators such as Allen Frame, Ellen Handy, Lucy Lippard, Saul Ostrow, Calvin Reid, and Raphael Rubinstein.


For our Spring 2023 season, a three-person jury of arts professionals will select for the 2023 Exhibition Open Call:four (4) curator/artist-led exhibition proposals with a minimum of two (min. 2) artists to be hosted in each of our approximately 500-square-foot galleries (East + West).


  • Exhibitions must include a minimum of two (min. 2) artists working in any medium;
  • Either the Curator or the Artists must reside in one of the five New York City boroughs;
  • Collectives are encouraged to apply, as are experimental uses of the exhibition space, and in those cases, public programs with an aesthetic component are strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • PS122 Gallery welcomes applications that help our organization achieve its DEIA+ goals;
  • Matriculated students are not eligible;
  • Limit yourself to one (1) final submission; duplicates will be discarded.

The 2023 Exhibition Open Call features

  • A $1200 stipend for honoraria;
  • A $1200 budget for production support;
  • Installation documentation by a professional photographer;
  • Curatorial assistance/advisement;
  • Please note: there is no additional budget for shipment, travel, lodging, etc.


Notifications: The week of February 13, 2023

Exhibition Dates: February 25 – March 19, 2023 _OR_ March 25 – April 16, 2023


Please note that PS122 Gallery may modify the schedule of exhibitions at will, at any time and for any reason; or, as needed in accordance with any change in NYC, State, Federal, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of PS122 Gallery staff and our neighbors at the 122 Community Center.


To fill out the application form below, please submit the following materials

  • Contact information — Name and Email for one representative of the exhibition.
  • Exhibition Proposal — A brief description of your concept (500 words / 3500 characters).
  • Artist names — Please enter the names (sep. by commas) of participating artists (Min. 2)
    (Artists must have been invited and confirmed prior to their inclusion).
  • Proposed Budget — Demonstrable consideration of an equitable distribution of honoraria and production budget for all participants (500 words / 3500 characters).
  • Images — Combined PDF including up to ten (max. 10) images of work, installation shots, and/or proposed layout with captions (including title, date, medium, dimensions and a brief narrative description) (max file size 10MB); Please include screenshots and links for any video/audio works. NB: Gallery images and floorplan can be found here.
  • CVs/Resumes — Combined PDF of current CVs/Resumes for all curators and all artists.



Please email any questions to: with the subject line 2023 Exhibition Open Call



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


PS122 Gallery is a not-for-profit alternative exhibition space in the East Village operating since 1979. It is dedicated to fostering and developing the arts by providing opportunities and support services for emerging and under-recognized artists. It is an ongoing program of Painting Space 122, the grassroots, artist-run cooperative that helped foster the vibrant cultural community at the City of New York-owned 122 Community Center (122CC). The Gallery’s programs are interdisciplinary and inclusive, highlighting artistic practices and practitioners regardless of age, race, gender, ability, geographic and ethnic origin. The Gallery encourages audience participation through public programs and interactive exhibitions.

PS122 Gallery is free and open to the public and inclusive of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, LGBTQIA+ identity, and class. Conveniently located on the ground floor of the 122 Community Center in the East Village of Manhattan near several public transportation lines, PS122 Gallery provides wheelchair accessibility through the 122CC main entrance, as well as wheelchair accessible water fountains and all-gender restrooms.