Frequently Asked Questions


1. I live outside New York City. Can I participate?

2. If I’m not selected for the exhibition, will my work remain up at the website?

3. How long will your website remain up?

4. What criteria will be used to evaluate my work?

5. Is Curate NYC thematic this year?

6. Is NYC25 separate from Curate NYC?

7. Can I participate in NYC25 without participating in Curate NYC?

8. May I submit the same entry to Curate NYC and NYC25?

9. I’d like to contact one of the curators. What’s the best way?

10. I’d like to contact one of the artists. What’s the best way?

1. I live outside New York City. Can I participate?
Sorry, only artists who live or create work in NYC — and who can provide a valid Proof of NYC Address — may participate.

2. If I’m not selected for the exhibition, will my entry remain up at the website?
Yes.

3. How long will your website remain up?
A very long time. We’d like curators and art lovers everywhere to discover your entries long after the competitions and exhibitions are over.

4. What criteria will be used to evaluate my work?
Images will evaluated along four criteria: originality, technical skill, vision, and subjective impact upon the various judges and curators.

5. Is Curate NYC thematic this year?
There is no theme to Curate NYC. We encourage you to submit the work that represents you best as an artist, regardless of subject matter (if any) or visual medium. Only NYC25 is thematic

6. Is NYC25 separate from Curate NYC?
NYC25 is a new, purely optional initiative of Curate NYC. They operate independently but in unison, each creating new exposure for the other.

7. Can I participate in NYC25 without participating in Curate NYC?
Only artists who register for Curate NYC may participate in NYC25.

8. May I submit the same entry to Curate NYC and NYC25?
If you feel that the thematic artwork you create for submission to NYC25 is in fact the work that best represents you as an artist – or if you feel that the work that best represents you as an artist also captures your vision of New York City 25 years in the future, — then yes, you may submit the same entry to both competitions.

However, this IS an opportunity to submit two separate artworks to our platform for exposure to curators everywhere. We encourage you to go for it.

9. I’d like to contact one of the curators. What’s the best way?
This will vary per curator. Some are up to their necks in commitments and must decline direct communication even if they wish otherwise. Others may be between deadlines and can more easily respond.

In all cases the best option is to send us a short friendly note addressed to a specific curator. We will forward it to him/her after they have made their curatorial selections.

10. I’d like to contact one of the artists. What’s the best way?
If you’re an artist registered at CurateNYC.org, you can post a public comment at another artist’s profile page.

In most cases, the artists will also have provided their website and social media links, and you’re always welcome to contact them that way.

Last, if you’d like to make private inquiries about exhibition opportunities or artwork sales, you can also click on the “Contact the Producers” link at the bottom of the artist’s profile page. Curate NYC co-producer Danny Simmons will contact the artist directly with your message. Please write to: ddsimmonsjr gmail.com