Eight artworks by eight different artists.

Eight artworks by eight different artists.


For your final assignment, you will curate an exhibition. It will consist of eight artworks and will address a theme. You will submit it as a PDF document that includes photos of your selected artworks.

Your exhibition must consist of:

Eight artworks by eight different artists.

Think about how the works are arranged.

Present them in the order that people should see them.

Below each image, list the artist’s name, title of the work, the creation date. Include the materials and dimensions if this information is available.

A caption for each artwork that briefly explains why it is significant for your show (70-80 words for each caption).

These captions shouldn’t merely describe the piece – the viewers will be able to see the materials, dimensions, and subject matter. You will need to point out what makes this artwork an important addition to the show.

A captivating title for your exhibition

A curatorial statement (175-200 words).

Your curatorial statement introduces the viewers to your exhibition. It explains why your exhibition is worth seeing and what the viewer will learn from visiting your show. Write this statement as though it is a promotional document.

A bibliography

List your sources. You can use both academic and non-academic sources.

Include a separate list for the sources for your exhibition’s photos. List the URLs, journal articles, books, etc., and include the page numbers.

Submit your exhibition as a PDF document. The first page will contain your exhibition’s title and your curatorial statement. The following eight pages will contain one photo per page. Include each artwork’s identification info and your caption on the same page as the photo of the artwork. Your bibliography will appear at the end.

Note: include high-quality reproductions of the photos in your document and enlarge them such that they fit the entire length or width of the page (but within the margins).

Please include your name in the document’s title (e.g. Henry Jones Exhibition.pdf).

Final assignments handed in late will have 2 marks (out of 100) deducted for each day after December 13th.

Note: your topic should not be too broad.

For instance, you can’t have an exhibition that simply addresses “art” or “beauty” or “aesthetics.” Choose something like “technology,” but then narrow it down to a more specific theme like “how technology affects communities and relationships.”

You should try to examine some sort of nuance regarding a topic.

Or try to tell a story.

Note: your statement and captions shouldn’t simply state your personal interpretations or your feelings about the topic.

They should consider the topic and images in terms their historical context, social and political concerns, or technical aspects regarding the artwork.

If the image’s subject matter is symbolic of something then explain what that is.

Note: You might find it helpful to look for your artworks by visiting museums’ websites. Have a look at institutions such as the British Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Look for where it states “collections” on their website. You can use the search tool to find specific artworks.

How to list your sources in your bibliography

Please use the following format:


Pointon, Marcia. History of Art: A Student’s Handbook, 5th ed. (London: Routledge, 2014), 36-39.


Barnett, J.R., Sarah Miller and Emma Pearce. “Colour and art: A brief history of pigments.” Optics & Laser Technology 38, no.4-6 (2006): 445-446.

Chapter in an edited book

Barringer, Tim. “The South Kensington Museum and the colonial project” In Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture, and the Museum, edited by Tim Barringer and Tom Flynn (London: Routledge, 1998), 12-13.


Getty Center, “Rembrandt and the inspiration of India.” https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rembrandt_india/inner.html

Note: For books, articles, and book chapters, please list the pages where you found the information that supports your curatorial statement and image captions.

How to list the sources for your exhibition’s images

Image 1: Pointon, Marcia. History of Art: A Student’s Handbook, 5th ed. (London: Routledge, 2014), 87.

Image 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Margaret_Cameron#/media/File:May_Prinsep._Photograph_by_Juli a_Margaret_Cameron._Wellcome_V0027589.jpg

Note: while Wikipedia is not always a reliable source for information, it is a good place to find high- resolution images.