NEW COMMISSIONS PROGRAM
Publicly launched in 2005, Art in General’s New Commissions Program
centers on developing and exhibiting new and challenging work by artists at a pivotal point in their practice. We commission new projects in any medium or form—from painting to sculpture to performance to video to other, perhaps undefined, types of art or interdisciplinary work.
The organization works closely with artists to provide curatorial and logistical support to help them to develop their project from idea to final form. The high level engagement means that the process can involve an extended phase of research and development for the artists and Art in General. Through the New Commissions Program, we hope to challenge artists to work beyond the scope of their customary practice and to take risks, away from the marketplace, in a supportive environment.
Since the program’s launch, Art in General has invited and commissioned new works from five to eight artists every year. Artists are chosen through an annual open call competition
or selected by Art in General after extensive research, studio visits, and meetings with artists. The open call has no thematic or spatial parameters, and artists can choose to present a project proposal based on long-standing or emerging interests. The art project proposals presented by these artists are developed and presented through exhibitions, events, or other forms of programming at Art in General.
The Commissioners’ Circle
special membership directly supports this program. Click here
to learn more.
Former New Commissions artists have gone on to receive additional exhibition opportunities and much critical acclaim, including the following:
- 2015 New Commissions artist Marwa Arsanios‘s exhibition at Art in General was named by The Guardian named the by as “one of the best American art shows of 2015”.
- 2015 New Commissions artist Lior Shvil’s performances and installations at Art in General was praised as “powerful and dizzying” by the Performa Magazine.
- 2015 “What Now?” symposium keynote speaker Lawrence Abu Hamdan (#1) and International Collaborations artist, Donna Huanca (#19) were in the top 20 of Artnet News’ list “The 50 Most Exciting Artists in Europe Today”.
- 2014/15 New Commissions artist Basim Magdy was announced as Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year, and he is currently on view in Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 exhibition at MoMA through March 20, 2016.
- 2013 New Commissions artist Jill Magid was appointed one of the 2013-2015 Vera List Center Fellows.
- 2013 New Commissions artist Meriç Algün Ringborg was featured in the 14th Istanbul Biennial in Fall 2015.
- 2012 New Commissions artist Mounira Al Solh participated in the 56th Venice Biennale, 2016.
- 2011 New Commissions artist Brendan Fernandes is featured in the Huffington Post’s list of “17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016”.
- 2011 New Commissions artist Emily Roysdon was shortlisted for The Future Generation Art Prize, Venice, 2013.
- New Commissions artists Sharon Hayes and Emily Roysdon were featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
- 2008 New Commissions artist Carlos Motta was named a Guggenheim fellow. He was also 2014 co-winner of the global Future Generation Art Prize, established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
- 2007 New Commissions artistsAyreen Anastas and Rene Gabri were agents of dODCUMENTA (13).
- 2006 New Commissions artist Alejandro Cesarco was granted the prestigious Rolex Award, thus receiving a mentorship with John Baldessari. He also represented Uruguay at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.
- 2005 New Commissions artist Sharon Hayes had a solo exhibition, There’s So Much I Want to Say to You, at the Whitney Museum in 2012 and received The Alpert Award in 2013.
ART IN GENERAL NEW COMMISSIONS ARTISTS
Sharon Hayes, Melissa Martin, Lee Walton, Alejandro Cesarco, Xaviera Simmons, Jihyun Park, Adam Simon, eteam, Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Melanie Crean, Andrea Geyer, Bernadette Corporation, Judi Werthein, Fawn Krieger, Little & Fergason, Chris Moukarbel, Carlos Motta, Carla Herrera-Prats, Jan Baracz, Dave Hardy, Josh Melnick, Julia Oldham, Guy Benfield, Chuck Yatsuck & Justin Rancourt, Shana Moulton, Kambui Olujimi, Redmond Entwistle, Isola & Norzi, Ohad Meromi, Brendan Fernandes, Jason Bailer Losh, AUDiNT, Zefrey Throwell, Mounira Al Solh, Rob Carter, Katrin Sigurdardottir, robbinschilds, Mounira Al Solh, Christopher Duffy, Kimberlee Venable, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Letha Wilson, Ola Vasiljeva, The Still House Group, Alex Ito, Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Jill Magid, Halsey Rodman, Lisi Raskin, Mika Tajima, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Zachary Fabri, Basim Magdy, Lea Cetera, Marwa Arsanios, Matt Lips, Halmos, Andrea Galvani, Lior Shvil, Nino Chubinishvili (Chubika), Donna Huanca, Alison O’Daniel, Ieva Epnere, David Kennedy Cutler, Juntae Teejay Hwang, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Sara Magenheimer, Rachel Rossin.
Art in General was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
General Support of Art in General is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Nader Ansary, Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.