The Mattress Factory is pleased to announce our newest program – a Regional Open Call. Each year, a visiting curator from outside the region will be invited to review submissions from an open call and select artists for in-person* studio visits. From these studio visits, the visiting curator will select two artists to be artists-in-residence at the Mattress Factory. The visiting curator will also select one national or international artist to join the cohort and work with the Mattress Factory to mount concurrent solo exhibitions at our Monterey Annex in 2023.
During their residency, artists are free to explore wherever their process leads them. The solo exhibitions are not intended to be a curated exhibition. The Mattress Factory will support each artist’s process from development through production and installation to exhibition. The visiting curator is also invited to write short essays on the work of the selected artists-in-residence.
*Subject to COVID-19 restrictions and preferences.
Eligibility and Submissions
The Regional Open Call is open to artists living and working within 75 miles of Pittsburgh (including parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Eligible artists are invited to submit a portfolio of work and supporting documentation, which will be reviewed by the visiting curator.
The visiting curator for the 2021 Regional Open Call is Denise Markonish, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.
Those wanting to make a submission can do-so at https://2021mattressfactoryregionalopencall.artcall.org/. Submissions close October 24, 2021 at 11:59pm, EST.