Exhibition Proposals

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World sometimes accepts exhibition proposals from outside scholars, including ISAW’s visiting research scholars. These are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Submitted exhibition proposals should focus on a topic that relates to the mission of ISAW -- to study the ancient world in a horizontal rather than vertical fashion from the Mediterranean basin to China and from the pre-historic period to the end of Late Antiquity. Subjects that also look at the reception of antiquity from post-Antiquity to present day are also welcome. Potential curators should review past exhibition projects on ISAW’s website as well as ISAW produced exhibition catalogues before submitting a proposal, to gain insight into the methodologies and subject matters previously presented in our galleries. It is also strongly suggested that an email be sent to the  before a proposal is officially submitted to ensure that the topic is one that is considered appropriate for ISAW’s exhibition space.

Submissions should include:

  • A two-to-three page summary of the exhibition project proposed to ISAW.
  • A short checklist (of up to 25 objects) that includes object photograph, title, date, media, dimensions, and holding institution for each object.
  • A one-page bibliography on the topic.
  • The potential curator’s CV.
  • List of suggested topics and authors for the exhibition catalogue.

Potential curators should write the proposal with the following in mind:

  • The total exhibition space for ISAW’s galleries is 1600 square feet; objects selected for the checklist should have this number in mind.
  • All exhibitions are accompanied by a publication.
  • If selected, the guest curator will be required to sign an agreement with ISAW which specifically outlines the curator’s role vis-à-vis the Associate Director and the Departmental Staff.

Please submit proposals via email and in hard copy. The email copy should be sent to . The hard copy proposal should be sent to the following address:

Hannah McDonald
Exhibitions Financial Administrator
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street
New York, New York 10028

To contact the Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, please email .