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Special Collections Center: Propose an Exhibition

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Cheri Marks (she, her) MFA, MSI
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Proposal Guidelines for Exhibitions and Special Projects

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Photos by Ryan Gamma (left) and Nancy Nassif (right).


Ringling College students, staff, faculty, and outside curators can actively participate in the work of the Center. We welcome proposals for exhibitions, research projects, and events that utilize materials from the Special Collections Center or subjects related to artists' publishing, DIY and self-publishing, digital experiments, book arts, print culture, augmented reality, futures of the book, etc. For past examples, see Exhibitions hosted or co-curated by the Special Collections Center.

To propose an exhibition or event, email the following information to Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. Name of Exhibition or Event
  2. Curatorial Statement - A short exhibition description/narrative of the proposed exhibition or event. This can be one paragraph to a page in length.
  3. Exhibition Inventory - A potential list of what you will display in the exhibition cases or the Reading Room. If you would like to use any materials from the Special Collections Center or the Library's general collection, list their titles with call numbers.
  4. Time Frame - The proposed length of the exhibition and date range preference if you have one. The length of the exhibition is dependent on the space available in the schedule.
  5. Install Needs - The exhibition cases contain eight height-adjustable floating glass shelves. Four shelves are approximately 16 in. deep x 55.5 in. wide; and four shelves are approximately 11.25 in. deep x 53.75 in. wide.
    a. Specify height of shelves. To determine the appropriate shelf height for the items you are exhibiting, the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design is helpful. Center staff will adjust the shelf height in advance of your install date.

    b. List all of the display and hanging supplies that you plan to use and who is providing what.
    You will have to install and deinstall the exhibition with the help of our staff during regular hours.