Step UP 2013 is a series of up to six solo exhibitions, open to emerging artists living in New York, New Jersey, and New England.

STEP UP is a series of six solo exhibitions open to emerging artists living in New York, New Jersey or New England.

The STEP UP exhibition series seeks to provide emerging artists in our region an exhibition and publication opportunity at a critical moment in their careers. While artists are permitted to propose the exhibition of existing work, the jury places special emphasis on proposals that call for the creation of new work.

Submission guidelines and FREE online application.

The jury selected work based on: the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by the submitted work and proposal, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist’s career and the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibition.


Sharon Butler, Artist, Writer, and Publisher of Two Coats of Paint, represented by Pocket Utopia, New York, NY
Carl E. Hazlewood, Curator, Writer, Artist and co-founder of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ
Denise Markonish, Curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA

STEP UP 2013 is made possible with the generous support of our Members, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sandy and Howard Fromson, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the Alexander A. Goldfarb Memorial Trust, the Nimoy Foundation, the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network, Lincoln Financial Group, Travelers and Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2013