Submit a Proposal

This is information you need to know about submitting proposals. To get started, download the Exhibit Proposal Form


Emory University faculty, staff, students, visiting faculty and fellows are eligible to apply. Proposals from curators outside of the Emory University community are not eligible at this time.

The proposal submission period is between April 1 and May 31 each calendar year.

How to Apply

Submit your proposal via email as a pdf document to Kathy Dixson, Exhibitions Manager, Emory Libraries, at Please use the following convention in naming your document: LIBEX_PROPOSAL_your last name


You do not need previous curatorial or exhibition planning experience. The Exhibition Committee is seeking creative and innovative exhibition proposals by curators who are willing and eager to participate in the exhibition process, which usually involves approximately a twelve-month commitment. The committee encourages applications from curators representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes those engaging in the broadest spectrum of inquiry and investigation and unlimited array of concerns and ideas.

Supporting Staff

Supporting staff could be graduate students who you have identified to help with the development, writing, or research for the exhibition and/or other partners, collaborators or co-curators. If your proposal is accepted, you will be assigned a team made up of Library staff to support the development, creation, execution, and installation of the exhibition.

Type of Exhibitions

The committee gives preferred consideration to exhibitions that support the mission of the university and Emory Libraries, expose MARBL collections and materials to the widest possible audience, highlight faculty and staff research and scholarship, and/or showcase student work supported by library research or exploration of MARBL collections.

Approval Process

Approval and scheduling of exhibitions will be done at the discretion of the Exhibitions Committee. Please note that in most cases exhibitions are scheduled a minimum of 18 months in advance of the opening of the exhibition.

Applicants will be notified with a decision via email by September 1 of the application year.

Spaces Available

WOODRUFF LIBRARY/LEVEL 10/MARBL GALLERY Five tabletop cases and five vertical cabinet cases. This space exclusively supports exhibitions that showcase and are informed by MARBL collections. Please be advised that LEVEL 10 is scheduled for renovation and may be unavailable.
WOODRUFF LIBRARY/LEVEL 2/CONCOURSE GALLERY Four pedestal cases at the entrance to the library directly in front of the Goizueta Business School Library.
WOODRUFF LIBRARY/LEVEL 2/ECIT GALLERY Three walls with approximately 50 running feet of vertical display space. No display cases.
WOODRUFF LIBRARY/LEVEL 2/MAPS AREA One wall with approximately 37 running feet of vertical display space. No display cases.
WOODRUFF LIBRARY/LEVEL 3/CORRIDOR GALLERY Two walls with approximately 70 running feet of vertical display space. A limited number of display cases can be made available for this space.
OXFORD LIBRARY Currently under renovation—Wall space and display case details TBD.
WOODRUFF HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER LIBRARY Six pedestal cases and two walls with approximately 32 running feet of vertical display space. This space exclusively supports exhibitions that showcase and are informed by WHSCL materials (these materials may be housed at WHSCL and/or MARBL) and/or topics related to the sciences and medicine.