Exhibition Proposals

Installation view of British Modern exhibition

Exhibition Proposals

University Galleries proudly programs four distinct spaces across the USD campus, each with its own dedicated focus. Original exhibitions for these galleries are conceived of and created by University Galleries’ staff or, more occasionally, guest curators. Please know that we are not actively soliciting exhibition proposals from outside entities/individuals. If you believe you have a project that would be an excellent fit for the University Galleries, please review the criteria below before submitting an application: 

Exhibition Content

University Galleries’ programming is dedicated to providing the USD campus community with professional exhibitions that enhance the educational environment of the whole institution. For these reasons, we focus first on projects that 1) relate directly to the educational mission of the University, 2) enable us to pursue creative links to our faculty and the curriculum they teach, 3) involve students in innovative ways with the conception, development, and interpretation of works of art, and 4) hold exceptional potential to engage multiple audiences. Exhibitions must also be able to fit into the specific focus, scope, and space limits of our existing galleries on campus.   


Like most professional museum programs, our exhibition schedule is planned 2-3 years in advance. We take some pride in being nimble, but at a minimum, proposals must be received at least one full year in advance of their projected installation time in order for them to be given serious consideration. To allow for an adequate amount of time for the campus community to take full advantage of any exhibition, projects should be installed and open to the public for at least one month before being de-installed. In any case, projects designed for a singular day or event (e.g. conference, graduation, class project, or visiting group) may be more suitable for one of several less formal gallery spaces on the campus (e.g. UC Exhibit Hall).  University Galleries is not involved with programming those spaces, however, and our staff is not available to assist in them.  


The department of University Galleries operates with limited resources, yet it aspires to organize 6-10 exhibitions of varying sizes each academic year. Exhibition proposals should address the demands of the project for staff time and restricted budget.  External proposals that have their own funding receive some priority, but funding alone does not guarantee a spot on the program.


If you believe you have curatorial work that meets all of these criteria, you may submit an exhibition proposal that will be reviewed by University Galleries staff and our advisory committees.  No commercial projects will be considered.  Proposals should consist of a project narrative, object checklist, proposed budget, and references. Please download and complete the PDF form here and email to: dcartwright@sandiego.edu 

Note: Proposals will be reviewed only as staff time allows. USD is not responsible for any unsolicited materials it receives or for their return.