September 16, 2006

Beall Center Calls for Proposals

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 6:38 pm

The Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine is a dedicated exhibition space — as well as a producing institution — for art and technology projects. They’ve had exciting game-focused exhibitions, interactive narrative installations, and much more. They’re currently calling for exhibition proposals for 2007-08. The deadline is October 20, and more details follow.

Call for Exhibition Proposals: 2007-2008

The Beall Center for Art and Technology seeks projects of high artistic merit that use technology in innovative ways. We offer honorarium and project costs of up to $20,000, to realize the project in our 2500 sqf space. We are also interested in collaborating with other institutions to fund projects of larger scale. We are currently soliciting proposals for exhibition years 2007 and 2008. The proposals will be reviewed in November of 2006 by the Beall Center Curatorial Review Committee, and artists notified in early Winter of 2007.

The Beall Center produces exhibitions and performances in the visual arts, theater, dance, and music, and particularly seeks works that successfully integrate new forms or uses of technology with artistic production or performance. In addition, as the Beall Center has an exceptionally well- developed and flexible infrastructure, and knowledgeable staff that is found in very few art and technology centers, preference will be given to works that can not easily be displayed or performed elsewhere.


Artists, curators, or institutions are eligible to submit proposals. Priority is given to cross-disciplinary projects. Artists or organizations that have previously received funding from the Beall Center must wait at least two years before reapplying. Women and artists of color are encouraged to apply.

Available Facilities

The Beall Center is a 2500 square foot black box with a highly configurable network grid, and connectivity to gigabit speed Ethernet. See “Facility” for additional information.

Deadline for Application: October 20, 2006

Award Notification: Winter 2007


Proposals should be submitted only in electronic format (pdf) and should
include :

1) Contact Information (name of lead applicant, address, email, phone)

2) Project abstract: 100 words

3) Project description (500 word max.)

4) Resume or curriculum vitae for applicant and all participants.

5) One page itemized budget.

6) List of equipment and other resources required. If you will require technical assistance, please outline the nature of that support (hardware, software, expectations of personnel, and programming skills that will be required).

7) Copy of any matching awards or copy of funding request for external and internal sources.

Priority will be given to projects with supplemental funding.

8) Preliminary visual diagrams indicating installation concepts, in electronic format (pdf).

9) Samples of work: For ease of presentation it is best to submit images within the PDF proposal document. Include detailed explanations about the work samples. Time-base should be submitted in QuickTime mov files on cd or dvd media only (NO DVD‚s); and for sound works, submit audio files in mp3, refer to your video or audio files in your proposal, with a describtion.

10) Please be prepared to provide two references; you may be contacted during the review process to provide these.

Award Criteria

Criteria used to select proposals include the following:

1) Intellectual and artistic merit in the proposed project

2) Degree of technological innovation

3) Feasibility of the project under sponsorship of the Beall Center

4) Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity

5) Possibility of subsequent installation or performances outside UCI

6) Presence of matching funds

For a list of previously funded projects (2000-2006), see

Methods of Submission

The preferred submission method (but not required) is to post your proposal and work samples on your website

1. Mail proposal cd, or dvd media (not as dvds) only to:

Beall Center for Art and Technology
Exhibition Grant Proposal
HTC 101, University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-2775
Attn: Eleanore Stewart

2. Email proposal to or

Contact Information

Eleanore Stewart, Director
Beall Center for Art and Technology
University of California, Irvine
(949) 824-8945

David Famiilian
Associate Director
Beall Center for Art and Technology
University of California, Irvine
T: 949.824.4543
F: 949.824.0051

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