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Artist Calls and Opportunities: The Annual 2015

Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight
Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2014 – January 16, 2015

Selections by:
Cesar Garcia
Founding Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Naima J. Keith
Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York


The Juried Annual presents a survey of Bay Area art at the creative edge. All submissions are reviewed online using a ‘blind’ jury system.

Cesar Garcia and Naima J. Keith invite artists to consider the following prompt when submitting for The Annual:

“The page that was blank to begin with is now crossed from top to bottom with tiny black characters–letters, words, commas, exclamation marks–and it’s because of them the page is said to be legible. But a kind of uneasiness, a feeling close to nausea, an irresolution that stays my hand–these make me wonder: do these black marks add up to reality? The white of the paper is an artifice that’s replaced the translucency of parchment and the ochre surface of clay tablets; but the ochre and the translucency and the whiteness may possess more reality than the signs that mar them.”
- Jean Genet, Prisoner of Love

Garcia and Keith selected this quote as it captures a question many artists ask themselves in times of drastic political, social, and cultural transitions. The opening paragraph of Genet’s last book is a meditation on the potentiality of creative expression to truly depict and amount to lived realities. As a form of creative expression what then is the role and function of art in moments of conflict and intensified difference? How does art, if at all, act in and upon the world in which it exists? Can art have agency and efficacy as a practice and a form of living? If so, how then does it help us redefine the responsibilities of artists and their work in tangible, responsible, and meaningful ways?


Participation is open to artists who reside/work within the eleven counties Greater Bay Area, defined as the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma. Current membership (through end of exhibition) is required for entry. Membership is open to all. Artists can join/renew membership at time of online registration.

Prep Your Submission:

- Work in all media accepted
- Submit up to eight digital images of work
- Include caption infomation for each image (title, year, media, dimensions/run time)
- Digital Images: Image files should be jpgs. For best results images should be sized to approximately 600 x 800 pixels, RGB color mode, and at a resolution of 72 dpi.
- Media: Video, performance, internet, and sound-based work are considered via website URLs in online submission. Insert URL into the ‘media’ field of online system.

Submit Your Work:
Submit entries online.

Pro Arts’ Membership Fee + Base Entry Fee + Any Additional Submission Fees

Membership must be current through end of exhibition. Join or renew your membership during submission process. Basic Entry Fee is $25 and includes up to three image submissions, additional submissions are $5 each. Eight submission max per artist. No refunds. Please see Refund Policy before submitting.

Pro Arts offers volunteer waivers for current members. Please fill out the Online Volunteer Intake Form and email with your request to volunteer for a fee waiver, no later than Friday, September 26.

Key Dates:

Deadine for Submissions: Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight
Selected Artists Notified By: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Artwork Drop-Off: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2014 – January 16, 2015
Artists’ Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6-8pm
Artwork Pick-Up: Saturday, January 17, 2015

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