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We will be accepting project submissions via Submittable from October 7 - December 6th. Please read and follow all guidelines. 


Image Above: Johnny Coleman, Crossing the Water: Requiem for Lee Howard Dobbins, install detail (2019), Photo by Rustin McCann 


Local, national, and international artists are invited to apply for SPACES' 2021 public programming. We host experimental projects through supported residencies and exhibitions. We encourage projects that leverage the assets of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, including unique opportunities for display within the public realm. The application can be found here.

SPACES offers fully supported residency and exhibition opportunities designed to foster the exchange of ideas between audiences in Northeast Ohio and artists from around the world. We invite artists, curators, and other cultural producers to articulate their investigation of ideas that may take the form of a residency and resulting exhibition, solo exhibition, curated group show, or collaborative endeavor. Please tell us what you need to support your vision.

SPACES supports cultural producers by connecting them with resources, tools, and communities. Specifically, SPACES provides funding for the creation of new work, a platform for a public presentation, staff expertise, access to art production facilities, and other exhibition-related support. Travel to/from Cleveland, shipping, housing and studio accommodation with wifi, and documentation of projects are also provided.


This call for proposals is open to artists, curators, and cultural producers who are 21 years and older. We accept applications from creative professionals at all stages of their careers who engage experimental practices with strong conceptual foundations. Selected artists cannot be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree granting prognrams during the 2021 program year.


Applications are reviewed once each year. They are evaluated by a selections committee of artists, community members, board members, and SPACES staff living and working within and outside of Cleveland. The selections committee members change yearly.

Applications are scored based on: compatibility with SPACES programming goals, demonstrated organizational and/or conceptual rigor, clarity of proposed methods, and quality of past work samples. Select applicants will be invited to participate in a skype or other video interview and finalists will be asked to confirm their 2021 availability. Applicants will be notified via email about the status of their application by end of February 2020.

Exceptional applicants who are ultimately not selected in this programming year may be kept on file for future opportunities. Artists may be invited to take part in a group exhibition or collaborative opportunity even when one was not proposed and in that case, they have the option to participate. Artists not selected in one programming year are strongly encouraged to reapply.


SPACES is a resource and public forum for artists explore and experiment. Below are some of our programming objectives: 

  • Supporting bold and timely projects, new commissions 
  • Making the most of our limited resources
  • Providing opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere
  • Supporting work that could not be made elsewhere
  • Considering and supporting diverse perspectives
  • Presenting work that is challenging, complicated, or not easily summarized
  • Expanding gallery viewership and/or public engagement
  • Working with artists that consider new projects, new techniques, or new directions in their practices
  • Making use of the resources, connections, and unique assets of NE Ohio


  • Applicant contact details
  • One-sentence summary of the proposed project
  • Project description (Up to 200 words)
  • Description of methods (Up to 200 words)
  • Artist/collective biography (Up to 250 words)
  • Work Samples (guidelines provided by medium in the application)
  • Optional: applicant demographic details 
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Johnny Coleman, Crossing the Water: Requiem for Lee Howard Dobbins, install detail (2019), Photo by Rustin McCann

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Jacob Koestler, Casual Water, install detail (2019), Photo by Rustin McCann

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Bridget Moser, You Opened That Can Now Let's Eat The Whole Thing, installation detail (2019) Photo by Rustin McCann

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Marisa Williamson, Room, installation detail (2019), Photo by Rustin McCann


To date, SPACES has hosted 74 residents from around the world. Residencies are intense opportunities for artists to produce new experimental work and present it through one of the longest running alternative spaces in the USA. Selected artist residents receive: travel to/ from Cleveland, assistance with local transportation, single residence housing, shared studio, an artist commission, public presentation of new work created, video catalogue with artist interview, and support from SPACES staff in finding materials and developing institutional partnerships. 

For all other questions, you may contact SPACES staff at:

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