HBI Artist Program Guidelines

2019 Guideline, paley image

2020 HBI Artist Program Guidelines



The 2020 HBI Artist Program provides an artist the opportunity to have a solo exhibition for twelve weeks at the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University. Proposals must relate to the HBI’s mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and Gender. 

The exhibition will be open March–June 2020.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


Program structure

The artist will work with the Kniznick Gallery Curator to plan and implement the exhibition. The Kniznick Gallery is able to provide some a/v equipment and gallery pedestals (see list).

HBI will provide $2,500 to help support the costs of transporting artwork, travel, lodging, materials, and installation supplies.

As the exhibition organizer, the HBI will manage marketing and promotion of the show and related events including an exhibition postcard.

The artist will assist the Kniznick Gallery Curator in the development of all accompanying exhibition materials. 

The artist will receive a $500 honorarium to give an artist lecture, and to develop a program for Brandeis University students.


Eligibility Requirements

Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and not enrolled in a degree program.

Provide the following information:

  1. The theme of the proposed exhibition and how it relates to the HBI's mission

  2. Brief Artist statement (250 words max)

  3. Budget: Provide a proposed budget detailing total exhibition expenses, including travel, lodging, shipping etc. up to $2500. List additional funding sources that will support your project beyond $2500, if necessary.

  4. Artist CV (2 pages max)

  5. 10-15 images of the work for consideration in jpg. format. Number the images to correspond with a separate Work List; include short description for each if necessary. Each image should not exceed 1 MB. If your work is time-based or has video documentation, you may include video stills. Please provide any links to your videos online. (website, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

  6. Work List: Artist name, title, year. medium, dimensions. Provide a short description, if necessary.

  7. Two letters of reference from individuals you have worked with in a professional capacity; letters may be emailed directly to Deborah Olins at dolins@brandeis.edu. Emailed references should have your name in the subject line.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Decisions announced in early October 2019

Kniznick Gallery floor plan
Gallery Equipment list
2020 HBI Artist Program Guidelines (pdf)




Are artist collaboratives invited to submit a proposal?
Yes, we welcome artist collaboratives that can demonstrate history of collaborative projects. Please submit one application only that includes Exhibition Proposal, Collaborative Artist Statement, Budget, any relevant Artist CVs, 2 Letters of Reference, and 10-15 images total for consideration

Does the HBI Artist Program provide housing or travel budget for artists?
HBI will provide $2500 to support your project, which may be used to cover travel, lodging, shipping, and materials needed. Artists will make their own travel arrangements.

What if my project goes over the $2500 stipend?
HBI will provide $2500 to support your travel, lodging, shipping and/ or materials. For projects in excess of $2500, artists should seek outside funding sources.

Am I able to edit my application online?
Unfortunately not. We recommend preparing your written components and images before submitting the digital application.

May I submit my materials by mail?
No, please submit your application through the online link only.

If you have additional questions, please contact Deborah Olins at dolins@brandeis.edu.


Brandeis Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy

Brandeis was founded on the values of open inquiry, academic excellence, and an abiding commitment to social justice. The history of Brandeis has shown that commitment to social justice must be an ongoing effort in both learning and implementation in order to ensure equity for all.