apexart is a non-profit art space located in Manhattan, New York, that focuses on challenging the gallery system and democratizing the process by which art is curated and exhibited. The organization was founded by Steven Rand in 1994.[1]

apexart at 291 Church St
Location291 Church Street, New York, NY 10013
Coordinates40°43′08″N 74°00′16″W / 40.719010°N 74.004420°W / 40.719010; -74.004420Coordinates: 40°43′08″N 74°00′16″W / 40.719010°N 74.004420°W / 40.719010; -74.004420
DirectorSteven Rand[1]

Exhibition programEdit

An Apexart season consists of nine exhibitions in total: five at Apexart NYC, and four in temporary venues throughout the world. Apexart's exhibition program seeks to put new people in the position of "curator" through three different initiatives: the Invited Curator Series, the Unsolicited Proposal Program, and the Franchise Program.[citation needed]

Each year, Apexart presents two exhibitions organized by invited individuals, three exhibitions selected through the Unsolicited Proposal Program, and four exhibitions selected from the Franchise Program.[citation needed] The last two programs are open-call curatorial opportunities that allow anyone from anywhere to propose an exhibition to be presented by Apexart at its Tribeca location (in the case of the Unsolicited Proposal Program), or elsewhere in the world (in the case of the Franchise Program).

Past invited curators include: David Bianculli, Leah Buechley, Dan Kois, Rob Walker, Greg Allen, Simon Critchley, David Byrne, Boris Groys, and Dave Eggers.[citation needed]

Past Unsolicited Proposal Winners include: Alastair Noble (2014), Avi Lubin (2014), Martin Waldmeier (2013), Natalie Musteata (2012), Gary Fogelson and Michael Hutcherson (2011), Courtenay Finn (2010) and Sandra Skurvida (2009).

Past Franchise winners include: Chuong-Dai Vo (Cambodia, 2014), Paul Falzone and Marisa Morán Jahn (Uganda, 2013), Katharina Rhode (South Africa, 2012), Corina Oprea, Isabel Löfgren, Judith Souriau, Milena Placentile, Valerio Del Baglivo (Sweden, 2011) and Logan Bay (Thailand, 2010).

Residency programEdit

The Apexart Residency is an alternative educational program that invites creative professionals to leave their familiar surroundings and stay for a month in another country. Inbound Residents travel to New York, while Outbound Residents are sent from New York to international locations including Ethiopia, Thailand and Brazil.


Apexart's publishing program examines timely issues in contemporary art and culture with new essays by members of the field from around the world.

In 2006, Apexart published its first book, On Cultural Influence: Collected Papers from Apexart International Conferences. Apexart's most recent book, Playing by the Rules: Alternative Thinking/Alternative Spaces, which was published in 2010. This book addresses the perceived rules of the development and running of alternative spaces, as well as the origins of those rules. It also provides fresh perspectives for those working in alternative spaces, by identifying trends of standardization in inherently "alternative" gathering places. Apexart's fourth book, Life Between Borders: The Nomadic Life of Curators and Artists, a collection of essays on the nomadic nature of participants in the art world, was published in 2013.

Public programEdit

To complement its exhibitions and residency, each year Apexart presents approximately 30 events that are designed to contextualize its activities for the audience and provide opportunities for artists, curators and cultural thinkers who wish to join the conversation.


Steven Rand is the Founding Executive Director of Apexart. An artist, he received his MFA from the University of Arizona in 1976. When he created Apexart in 1994, his original mission was to facilitate independent curators—a fairly new employment at that time—by providing a space for experimentation.

Rand's artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, including The Permanent Light Installation for the European Patent Regional Office in Munich, Germany. His work has been presented at the 49th Venice Biennale, the Pusan Biennial, and is currently in numerous private collections. He has exhibited with Mark Pasek Gallery (New York), Wschodnia Gallery (Lodz), Awangarda Gallery (Wroclaw), DDM warehouse Gallery (Shanghai), Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango (Bogotá), Ruth Benzacar Gallery (Buenos Aires), White Columns (New York), and has been represented by Schueppenhauer Galerie (Cologne) in Germany. Rand is also an internationally recognized lecturer, having lectured in places like Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Residency Unlimited, College Arts Association, The Contemporary Art Museum, Espao AGORA/CAPACETE and BWA Wroclaw-Galerie Sztuki Wspolczensnej.


  1. ^ a b Calvo, Irene (December 23, 2019). "Steven Rand, Apexart Founder: The Current Definition of Art and Art Related Issues Is Unlimited". Call for Curators. Retrieved 19 March 2021.

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