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The Czech Center New York is offering an opportunity for visual and performing artists to exhibit/perform their work under The New Bohemia banner as part of the Thomas M. Messer, Bohemian Creative Hub at our gallery and cinema space in April 2019.


Open Call Theme: Reflect What You Are

I'll be your mirror
Reflect what you are, in case you don't know
I'll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you're home

-Velvet Underground 

The theme for the April 2019 New Bohemia Exhibition Series is Reflect What You Are. At a point in time when being visible and having a voice is paramount, we invite artists whose work asserts strongly who they are and/or what they stand for. The assertion of self through the process of creation and expression is a courageous affirmation of being that reverberates throughout communities and creates both identification and change. It challenges intolerance. Particularly encouraged is work that has a strong, international social justice component, deals with issues of gender, identity, or notions of self, or deals with marginalization or oppression. 

The Exhibition Open Call provides emerging and under-recognized artists the necessary resources to present an exhibition at the Czech Center New York in 2019. The selected artists will receive valuable mentor support from an established artist or curator on the selection panel, including an installation guidance in preparation for the exhibition. 

Submission Deadline: February 5th, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: February 25th, 2019

Submission guidelines below. Individual and group submissions are accepted.

Submission forms and guidelines are available at www.czechcenter.com
For further information please contact CCNY at info@czechcenter.com

The Bohemian Creative Hub is the Czech Center New York’s program dedicated to supporting working artists and fostering public engagement with the creative process. The New Bohemia series support emerging visual and performing artists. The Hub provides an opportunity for artists and their work to flourish in an environment that ignites curiosity, inspiration and infectious creativity.

The Bohemian Creative Hub’s vision is inspired by Thomas. M. Messer, the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York for 27 years, who was of Czechoslovakian heritage and who epitomized a spirit of risk taking, innovation and resourcefulness. This is a unique opportunity for visual and performing artists to exhibit or perform their work in our gallery or cinema in a month long exhibition in April 2019. Artists will have one week to prep, install, or rehearse in the gallery before the opening.

Open Call Submission Instructions PDF:


Submission Form in Word:



Charlotta Kotik
Charlotta Kotik is a Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum and an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Prague, she was a curator at the Albright Knox art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and later at the Brooklyn Museum. She organized over 100 exhibitions and was an American commissioner for Venice Biennale where she presented work of Louise Bourgeois. She also lectures at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her most recent project was the exhibition at Robert Henry Contemporary presenting Remy Jungerman: Based In.

Marie Tomanova 
Marie Tomanova is a visual artist living and working in New York City. Through photography, video, installation and performance, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, immigration and displacement. Her first monograph Young American will be published by Paradigm Publishing in spring 2019. A documentary following Marie’s journey is in making by Academy Award (student) winning director Marie Dvořáková and will be released in 2019.

Exhibition include SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC), A.I.R. Gallery (NYC), Museum Of Sex (NYC), Czech Center New York (NYC), Pragovka Gallery (ČR), Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PA), among others. She curated Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia (2016) and co-curated Baby, I Like It Raw: Post-Eastern Bloc Photography and Video (2017), and MUSE MUSE exhibitions for Czech Center New York. 

Thomas Beachdel, PhD
PhD, Art History, The Graduate Center at City University of New York
MA, Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 

Thomas Beachdel is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on landscape aesthetics/ideologies between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in the formation of political and scientific thought and in the relationship between human and environment in the Anthropocene. Emphasizing the notion of the hybrid as a methodological approach, his interdisciplinary research interests cross chronological and geographic boundaries to focus on the relationship between aesthetics and scientific inquiry.

An Assistant Professor in History of Art and Architecture and the Humanities at City University of New York, Hostos, he has lectured at the Dahesh Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, the Whitney, DIA Beacon, and at contemporary New York galleries. He has taught courses on art and architectural history at Hunter College, The Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, and at Spitzer School of Architecture (City College).

Jan Žahour
Acting director of Czech Center New York.

Special guest juror will be announced soon.

The Czech Center New York (CCNY) is a nonprofit cultural center on the Upper East Side known for presenting innovative contemporary art by emerging artists. CCNY is dedicated to strengthening the cultural ties between the Czech Republic and the United States. It programs events that add to the multi-cultural fabric of New York, engaging in a dialogue between two distinct yet kindred and historically connected nations.