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Village Theatre Art Gallery calls for curators

Cultural arts center in Danville searches for new artists

Danville's Village Theatre Art Gallery is seeking proposals from guest curators for gallery exhibits.

This nonprofit, community-based theater features six to seven exhibits each year and focuses on showcasing the work of contemporary Bay Area artists, according to town officials.

The gallery, which opened in November 2009, has 1,000 square feet of exhibition space within its facility.

Officials encourage interested curators to visit the space, located at 233 Front St. in Danville.

They also suggest becoming familiar with the gallery's past and present exhibition program and developing an understanding of the Danville community before turning in a proposal.

Criteria for strong proposals include;

* Clarity and conciseness

* Innovative and engaging ideas

* Intent to draw a diverse group of participants and visitors

Proposals will undergo a two-step review process starting with the opportunity to "communicate the essential elements of the curatorial idea, presenting a limited number of images and writing materials," town officials said in a statement.

After the gallery's curatorial committee conducts the first review, it will request a project budget and other materials from a select number of applicants to move on to the second step of the review process.

"Curatorial Proposal Forms" are available on the theater website by clicking on the "Propose an Exhibit" link.

For more information, contact visual arts program coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at 314-3460 or mbleier@danville.ca.gov.

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