Biennial 2020

Focus  |  Request for Proposals


The CCA seeks proposals for artworks, performances, and design interfaces that will feature artistic expressions and provocations of ecology, digitality, and sociality across the imaginary, the natural, the built, the cultural, and the political. To forge intellectual and creative partnerships beyond the academic demarcations of artistic, design, and intellectual practice, we seek Cornell generated or curated projects in art, design, installation, performance, and other forms that can be offered to the public across various venues of the Ithaca campus.

Outdoor projects should be tailored to conform to 2-3 outdoor sites approved by the Committee on Outdoor Art at Cornell.


The CCA has a strong interest in funding projects that are developed in multidisciplinary groups and that address the biennial theme of SWARM through the development of creative work that expands the boundaries of a specific discipline. Because funding for faculty and student projects is limited, selection of proposals for inclusion in the 2020 Biennial will be at the discretion of the Curatorial Committee. Decisions of the Curatorial Committee will be made by March 2020.


Project Summary (500 words max.): Please describe your project in as much detail as possible including how the project addresses the idea or experience of “SWARM: Ecology, Digitality, Sociality.”

Project Author and Collaborators (200 words max.): Please name the primary author of the project and all partners and collaborators and their affiliations. Please include c.v.s.

Project Budget (single page): Please include a separate, single page, that details, in a table or list format, the costs involved in developing, producing, and presenting your project or event.

Proposals should be submitted via Slideroom by January 24, 2020.


If you would like to suggest a topic related to the Biennial or wish to nominate a student or faculty member to be considered as a Biennial participant, please email your suggestions or nominations to


2020 Cornell Biennial
Curator/CCA Director Timothy Murray | Program Coordinator Erin Emerson

Curatorial Committee Sasa Zivkovic (Architecture) | Renate Ferro (Art) | Denise Green (Fiber Science & Apparel Design) |
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
(English) | Karen Pinkus (Romance Studies/Comparative Literature) |
Annie Lewandowski
(Music) | Ellen Avril (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art) |
Amy Villarejo (Performing and Media Arts) | Lauren van Haaften-Schick
(Graduate Student Respresentative) |
Jolene Rickard
(American Indian and Indigenous Studies/Art/History of Art)

Alumni Ambassadors Wendy Rosenthal Gellman, Co-Chair (New York City) | Dan Desmond, Co-Chair (New York City) |
William Lim
(Hong Kong) | Shin-yi Yang (Beijing)