STARTyourself affords students the exciting opportunity to submit a proposal to curate an exhibition at START Gallery or organize a solo exhibition of their own artwork in the gallery space.


To be considered for STARTyourself you must currently be enrolled in undergraduate classes at Wake Forest University. Students of all grade levels are considered, however, it is recommended that students be upperclassmen or highly-motivated underclassmen.


STARTyourself students are expected to be self-motivated and highly-engaged throughout the process. The creation of an exhibition, whether curated or a solo-exhibition, is a formidable project that requires dedication and commitment. Responsibilites include submitting a formal proposal, finding a faculty mentor, and working with the START Gallery manager to produce the exhibition.


Involvement in STARTyourself affords you the unique opportunity to propose, prepare, and present a visual arts exhibition from either the role of curator or studio artist. Through this process, you will learn what is required to curate an exhibition or present your artwork in a professional setting from beginning to end. STARTyourself is truly unique in an undergraduate liberal arts environment.

To Participate in STARTyourself

You should read the STARTyourself Guidelines and begin the proposal process by notifying START with your initial ideas, expressed in a few sentences. Indicate what the project would be, who would be involved (curators, artists) and which works (generally) you plan to show. This should be emailed directly to START Gallery at

Initial notifications are usually due in mid-October. Exact dates will be posted during the fall semester.