Call for Proposals: SOLOS 2023

Application Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023
Notification Date: February 2023
Exhibition Dates: Between April and December 2023

Application Fee

Guest Jurors
Nekisha Durrett, artist, Washington, DC
Betsy Johnson, assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Jova Lynne, director, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Submit an application for SOLOS 2023.

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2023, a series of solo exhibitions by Mid-Atlantic artists. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo exhibitions or projects to take place in one of the Museum’s gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington staff. The exhibitions selected for SOLOS 2023 will take place across multiple exhibition seasons, rather than happening simultaneously. They will last 6-8 weeks and take place between April and December 2023.

Artists are encouraged to propose new bodies of work, installations, or projects and to consider the available exhibition spaces in their proposal. Exhibition proposals should include the preferred gallery for the proposed work, especially if the artist feels strongly about exhibiting in a particular gallery.

Download the floor plans for the SOLOS 2023 gallery spaces.

Who Can Submit?
Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last three years in order to be considered.

Artists may submit proposals for exhibitions of work created by artist collectives or other collaborative duos or groups. Multi-artist group exhibitions are not eligible for consideration.

Artists who have participated in the SOLOS program in the previous five years  (i.e., in 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2022 SOLOS programs) are not eligible for consideration and should not apply.

Artists whose work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington in a non-SOLOS exhibition in the two previous years (ie., between April 2021 and April 2023) are also not eligible.

Application Materials
Please note: The application cannot be saved while in progress. We recommend gathering all of the required materials before beginning the application.

1. Artist’s Statement. 1 page maximum as pdf or doc

2. CV/Resume. 3 pages maximum as pdf or doc

3. Exhibition Proposal. 2 pages maximum as pdf or doc
Describe what you plan to do, how you will do it, and what you hope to accomplish with the show. Include information in your proposal about how this project or body of work is well-suited to the galleries at Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington and which of the available gallery spaces you think would best suit the proposal. MoCA Arlington encourages proposals for exhibitions of new work or new projects conceived specifically for one of MoCA Arlington’s gallery spaces.

4. Work Samples. Maximum 12 work samples as jpg, mp3, or mp4
If proposing new work, work samples can include a combination of previous work along with drawings, sketches, or preliminary documents related to the proposed project or exhibition. Audio or video samples should be submitted as clips of no more than three minutes. The maximum file size is 100mb. If you have any issues with the file size limit, please reach out to

5. Work Sample Index.
List of the samples submitted, including the title, year, medium, and dimensions or duration for each piece.

After completing your application you will receive a confirmation email. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, please reach out to to ensure your application has been received.

Submit an application for SOLOS 2023.

Image: Alexander D’Agostino, Installation view of Lavender Shrine, part of SOLOS 2022.

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