Ends on March 15, 2018


Application Components

Visual Arts Curation:

  • Online Application
  • Letter of Recommendation (from an educator or professional with direct knowledge and experience of the applicant and their work)
  • Resume or CV
  • A chronological list of curated shows, exhibitions, etc. (including collaborators, organizational hosts, and artists if applicable, for each).
  • A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to visual arts curation, innovation within the field, the applicant’s stage of professional and artistic development (what skills or professional development opportunities are you seeking and why?), and how the Fellowship will enable them to move to the next stage of artistic achievement.  
  • A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community (within the cultural community, the field of visual arts, or as a part of society-at-large) through their work.
  • A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the applicant’s annual income and expenses and how the funds would be utilized if chosen as a Fellow.
  • Up to 3 curatorial projects (past, current, or upcoming) that best represent the curator’s artistic point of view (limit: 15 images/videos per project). Images should be formatted in tiff or jpeg format (for videos, mp4, mov, or m4v). In addition, please provide the following information for each of the projects: a) title of project, b) date, c) presenting/exhibition location, d) participating artists, and e) a curatorial statement. Additional supporting materials, such as wall texts and brochures are recommended, but optional. Samples should show breadth and ability of the curator. The strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate clarity of voice, creative drive, and unique positioning through the samples.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, March 15 2018.


The applicant MUST:

  • Be 30 years of age or younger (born July 15, 1988 or later)
  • Not be currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting program during the fellowship period (July 2018 – March 2019)
  • Be a resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, or Staten Island)
  • Be available to participate in the fellowship orientation and career coaching sessions in summer 2018 (exact dates TBD)
  • All applicants must attend at least one of two Alliance panel events in February/March 2018 focusing on visual arts practice and visual arts curation:
Wednesday, February 28: Case Studies: Socially Engaged Arts

Tuesday, March 6: Case Studies: Behind-the-Scenes with Curators

(For more information on these events, please visit: http://aaartsalliance.org/van-lier-2018)

Selection Criteria
  • Artistic Merit: Clarity of voice, creative drive, and unique positioning based upon body of work and work samples submitted. Demonstrated ability to innovate within their practice.
  • Community Impact: Articulation of interest to make a significant impact on the Asian American arts community. This can be within the cultural community, within the field of visual arts, or society-at-large. Direct narrative addressing this criteria is recommended.
  • Potential for Growth: Extent to which the Fellowship will have a positive impact on the applicant’s goals and career.
  • Financial Need: Demonstrated need for financial support based upon applicant’s explanation of annual income and expenses. Finalists may be asked to provide further financial documentation. 

Current Alliance staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible. Immediate family of board members and review panelists are not eligible.


The Fellow will be announced in May 2018.

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