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Open Call for MFA students
whose spring Senior Thesis shows were cancelled or postponed
Curators: Julia Speed and Sophie Olympia Riese
Submissions due by April 8, 2020


In the midst of the current global crisis, THE OLYMPIA PROJECT believes that art is a vital part of our society and economy. We believe that art gives people the ability to engage with others, access emotions, and see the world from different perspectives. As public gatherings become a thing of the past, we have to find new ways to share art and to support artists at various stages of their careers. We know that most MFA students have had their final shows cancelled as a result of the pandemic, and we would like to support these emerging artists at this time across our platforms (Artsy, social media, website).

THE OLYMPIA PROJECT invites submissions of contemporary visual art by current MFA students in their final year for an online exhibition in April-May 2020! This is an opportunity to submit your work for consideration for a curated virtual show. The exhibition will be co-curated by gallerist Julia Speed (of Luhring Augustine, New York), and Sophie Olympia Riese, founder of The Olympia Project. In a continued effort to make opportunities more valuable for artists, viewers, and collectors, I’m collaborating with curators, gallerists, and other art world professionals to bring a variety of voices to the table. You can read more about Julia below!

This online show aims to be an internationally accessible, 24/7, curated, professional, virtual presentation of the best work being created by today’s MFA students. The show will be presented on Olympia-Project.com and on Artsy, and will be promoted via social media. Each selected artist and at least one artwork will be highlighted individually on the @the.olympia.project Instagram throughout the run of the show.


  • Must be a current MFA student with a cancelled or postponed spring Senior Thesis show

  • Have not had a solo show in a commercial gallery in the United States in the last five (5) years

  • Do not have exclusive commercial gallery representation in the United States

  • Artists may submit up to five (5) works

    • Work submitted must have been made during the course of your MFA program (preferably were to be included in your MFA show)

    • Only completed works will be considered

    • Works should be photographed individually, ideally:

      • Professional-quality images with good lighting. These are the images that will represent your work online. “Professional quality” can mean actual professional images, or cellphone photos if they look professional.

      • If submitting video work, submit a link to the video. If accepted, a file of the video will be necessary.

    • The work does not have to be for sale. For work that is for sale:

      • THE OLYMPIA PROJECT will handle all sales and related communication. Work cannot be with another gallery or currently available for sale on another platform for the duration of the exhibition.

      • Once work has been accepted, a consignment agreement will be shared and must be agreed to before participation

      • You agree, if work sells, to package and ship the work in a professional and safe manner, or have it professionally packaged, and posted at the most economical rate

      • Collectors are responsible for shipping costs unless specifically negotiated

      • Work is only shipped if sold (as a virtual exhibition, there is no need to ship works otherwise, keeping costs down for all)


Entry Deadline: April 8, 2020

Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 18, 2020

Exhibition Dates: April 22 - May 22, 2020


Submit via our online form.

In addition to your images, you will need:

  • Artist bio (<300 words)

  • Statement about work (<300 words)

  • Current CV


More about the curators:

Julia Speed is a Director at Luhring Augustine, where she has worked since 2014. Prior to working at Luhring Augustine, Julia worked at Gladstone Gallery, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History at Tufts University, and master’s degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she focused on modern and contemporary sculpture. 

Sophie Olympia Riese is the founder of The Olympia Project, a semi-nomadic platform for unrepresented emerging contemporary art, primarily focusing on socially-engaged practices to create alternative cultural discourse and progressive exchanges between diverse artists and audiences. She was a co-founder of Secret Dungeon, a curatorial collective in Bushwick, Brooklyn, that was determined to present exceptional, idiosyncratic programming in an unexceptional space. She is a trustee of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), and a founding member of the Brooklyn Museum’s Young Leadership Council.