Call for proposals

2024 Main Gallery Open Call

Locust Projects, Miami, United States
Deadline: 29 May 2024

Main Gallery. Courtesy of Locust Projects

Main Gallery. Courtesy of Locust Projects

Locust Projects invites local, national, and international artists to apply for the opportunity to access the space and resources to create ambitious, large-scale new work in our 2,500 sq ft MAIN GALLERY in the new home in Little River. Proposals are reviewed by a rotating jury comprised of local, national and international artists that have previously exhibited at Locust Projects and one local curator.

Locust Projects provides selected artists with curatorial guidance, production budget, artist WAGE fee, documentation, and an opportunity to stay in the Locust Projects residency for site visits and while you build your site-specific installation.

General Guidelines

Locust Projects is committed to supporting the creation and presentation of ambitious new work. Existing work is not accepted for Open Calls. Proposals for new, installation-based work that has never been presented before should specifically be designed for the Main Gallery. Locust Projects presents visual artists working in any medium and any stage in their career as long as the work they propose demonstrably pushes their practice in new directions as part of our mission to invite risk-taking and experimentation. Collectives and artist collaborations are encouraged to apply as long as the work is presented as a singular vision. Artists addressing social justice issues including race, identity, gender parity, basic needs, climate change, environmental advocacy, and more, through their projects are encouraged. Final projects are realized with support from a collaborative environment and supportive Locust Projects staff.

Main Gallery Open Call Opportunity 

  • Solo exhibition of ambitious and new, installation-based work created specifically for Locust Projects Main Gallery (approx. 2,500 square feet) * see pdf link for floorplans and images of the space and past projects
  • Community engagement with the public through public programs or activations (i.e. conversation, collaboration, performance)

Main Gallery Project Support

  • $10,000 Project Budget (may include but is not limited to: production/fabrication, equipment rental, materials, professional/technical support, installation/construction labor, assistants, shipping, de-installation) Final budget determined based upon dates, proposal scope and scale of project, feasibility.
  • $5,000 Artist Fee plus $40 per diem stipend for up to 14 days and $600 max towards roundtrip flights and ground transport available to artists that live 150 miles away from Miami. (above and beyond travel expenses shall be applied to production budget). Artists may use the Artist Fee at their discretion.
  • Accommodations
  • Basic infrastructure provided by Locust Projects includes 24/7 access to the gallery, access to existing work spaces, tools and av and digital equipment inventory, up to 32 hours preparator labor/assistance for install/de-install, signage, installation documentation, and promotional support

The Selection Process 

Proposals are reviewed by a rotating jury of artists that have previously exhibited at Locust Projects and one local curator.

The following criteria will be used during the review process:

  • Conceptual strength of the proposal, ambitious ideas, scale and/or use of space
  • Strength of past work
  • Unique or innovative approach to transforming or activating LP’s space and extension of the artist’s practice
  • Feasibility of proposed project and related programs within budget and logistical concerns
  • Compelling approach to contemporary artistic practice, societal concerns, and/or community impact

Please keep in mind, Locust Projects is a non-traditional alternative art space. If the project could easily be presented in a traditional or commercial gallery setting or could be realized without the support of our organization, it is unlikely you proposal will be considered. Existing work, host traveling exhibitions, retrospectives, or group shows will not be shown. It is not a commercial gallery and it does not offer artist representation.

Locust Projects is proud to be W.A.G.E. Certified (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), ensuring that artists have and will be compensated fairly, at, or above, minimum W.A.G.E. fees For more information on W.A.G.E. certification, click here.

Open Call: Main Gallery
The Main Gallery 2024 Open Call for the new home at 297 NE 67th Street is now OPEN.

The submission process will be open on submittable April 6. Deadline May 29,2024. 

Late submissions will not be accepted. (Please allow time for possible technical difficulties by submitting well before the deadline.)

Please direct questions to

Submission Requirements:

  • Description of how your project fits Locust Projects mission of commisioning new work (100 words)
  • Project description (max. 500 words)
  • Project impact (max. 250 words)
  • Draft floorplan/rendering of proposed project – (download the floorplan)
  • General artist statement (max. 250 words)
  • CV or Resume
  • Up to 3 images of proposed work (can be in the form of project sketches)
  • Up to 5 examples of previous/related work or links to video works
  • Image details (title, date, year medium of the submitted work and/or links)
  • Project budget (estimate production costs for the proposed project)

Start your submission here.