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2021 Call for Proposals

BSA Space is currently accepting proposals for its Summer 2021 exhibition—WATER.

Summer 2021
(mid-June through mid-September, exact dates TBD)
BSA Space seeks proposals for an upcoming design exhibition exploring WATER’s role in today’s built and natural environments, in Boston and beyond.

Flood us with your ideas.

View the Call for Proposals below.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

SUBMIT PROPOSALS HERE by 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

The original deadline for the call for proposals was February 27.

Learn more about designing an exhibition at BSA Space here.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

BSA Space features over 7,000 square feet of gallery space for creative explorations of the potential for design to engage community, inspire vision, and to provoke positive change. Home to the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) and the BSA Foundation (Foundation), BSA Space welcomes community members and design professionals. BSA Space produces exhibitions and programs exploring the aesthetic, economic, and social impact of architecture, design, and the built environment on Greater Boston and the wider world. Exhibitions at BSA Space are supported by the BSA Foundation.

How proposals are selected
BSA Space favors provocative content that stimulates change in the way its visitors experience the built and natural environments. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Exhibitions Committee (the Committee), which is composed of museum professionals, Foundation board members, and community representatives.

Proposals will be vetted against the BSA Foundation’s strategic agenda and must

  • Elevate public awareness and understanding of the power of design as it relates to urban conditions including climate change, environmental sustainability, urban planning, housing, plus social, economic, and cultural equity;
  • Contain plans for an exhibition component that can be executed in the community;
  • Result in professionally curated content that includes a mixture of media types (2- and 3-dimensions).

How exhibitions are produced
Selected designers will work closely with BSA and Foundation staff to develop the exhibition, in accordance with BSA Foundation and AAM exhibition guidelines. Major exhibitions run 3-6 months, and are intended to mainly utilize the second floor gallery space. Guest curators will be given a budget of $30K-$70K, depending upon the specific needs of the proposal. Budget will include all exhibition expenses, including materials, fabrication, installation, curator fees, designer fees, and fees for any portion of this work contracted out.

Exhibitions at BSA Space are spoken in a language that everyone can understand. BSA Space welcomes both public visitors and design and construction professionals. Exhibitions at BSA Space invite both audiences to expand their understanding of the power of design to affect multiple aspects of the built environment in Boston and beyond, and to build better communities. Exhibition content must appeal to visitors with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.

This call is open to individuals, teams, or firms (note: proposal should not showcase the work of a single firm or individual). Applicants for this round of entries must have demonstrated experience curating a museum-quality exhibition. Applicants should not feel limited to architectural themes, as the committee will consider proposals that explore a wide variety of design and urban-related topics. BSA Space also considers traveling exhibitions that have formerly been exhibited at other venues.

Proposals should include the following, submitted in a single PDF:

  1. A two-page description of your exhibition proposal. Descriptions must include:
    (a) Working title
    (b) Central narrative: a discussion of the central ideas that the exhibition will communicate to visitors. What is important, unusual, or distinctive about this project? Why is it important for the public to learn about the subject? How does the exhibition inspire through the power of design; support public interest in design; present ways to engage the public in innovation and design thinking; explore the use of design to address the issues of social, economic, and cultural inequity?
    (c) Interpretive format: what objects, images, exhibition components, and environments will be included? How will this exhibition make its important ideas clear to the public and address multiple styles of learning?
    (d) Programming: three proposed programs that might accompany the exhibition. Preference will be given to well thought out programming that engages multiple audiences and makes use of strategic partners.
    (e) Impact: What aspects of this exhibition might provoke positive change?
  2. Sample introductory wall text (50 words)
  3. Up to five relevant renderings, sketches, potential images, or layouts that present the exhibition themes in a compelling way
  4. Portfolio of recent work and resume/CV (three pages maximum)
  5. Ideas about how this exhibition might be created to travel to other institutions
  6. Proposed budget (please use budget worksheet)

For a list of past exhibitions at BSA Space, click here.

The deadline for Summer 2021 submissions is March 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Questions? Write [email protected].