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Artist Calls and Opportunities: Women and the Land

Women and the Land
For SF Bay Area artists

Deadline: 12-15-2014

Point Reyes Books and the Geography of Hope Conference are pleased to present a Call For Submissions to West Marin County, CA artists ONLY to submit artwork for consideration in a group exhibition at Toby’s Gallery in Point Reyes Station, CA. Artwork submitted must relate to the 2015 GOH Conference theme: “Mapping a New Geography of Hope: Women and the Land.” Art selected for the exhibition will be on display throughout the month of March, 2015. West Marin includes the coastal area from Muir Beach in the south to Dillon Beach in the north, and the contiguous ranch lands as well as the villages of Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Marshall, Nicasio, and Tomales.

Theme: Mapping a New Geography of Hope: Women and the Land

Description: In times of great change and upheaval, artists have created new forms that explore the relationship between nature and society. From artists working directly in nature during the industrial revolution to land artists working outside the gallery system in the 20th century to more recent “eco-vention” artists seeking to resolve ecological situations by rethinking problematic conditions, art continues to reflect our changing relationship to nature.

As we move deeper into the 21st century what could the new geography of hope look like and how might the radical and inclusionary values of feminism influence this new vision? Whether made by men or women, we are looking for artwork that brings the ideas and perspectives of women into a new view of land and nature.

In the words of feminist scholar Elizabeth Grosz, “How can we rethink art using matter and nature rather than representation? . . . The only way we can make a new world is by having a new horizon. And this is something that art can give us: a new world, a new body, a people to come.”

Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. The group show may include, but is not limited to: Artist Books, Ceramics, Drawing, Installation Mixed media, Multimedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, and Woodwork.

Art Projects will be part of the Geography of Hope Conference and will be viewed by thousands of people. 
This exhibition will also be part of a larger arts program related to, but not juried by, the Geography of Hope Conference, including exhibitions at Gallery Route One and other venues in and around Point Reyes Station.

Selection Process:
+ There is no fee to apply.

+ Jurors will choose, in general, one work by each applicant selected for inclusion in the group show. In some circumstances, more than one work may be selected.

+ Artists are responsible for delivering and retrieving their artwork.
+ Toby’s Gallery is a community gallery, and it is unstaffed. It is attached to a busy, vibrant Toby’s Feed Barn. Artists must sign a waiver acknowledging that neither the Geography of Hope Conference nor Toby’s Gallery shall be responsible for theft, vandalism, fire, or any other damages or losses to the artwork.
+ Toby’s Gallery will handle sales and take a 35% commission on art sold in this show.

+ December 1, 2014 Entry Deadline
+ By January 15, 2015 Selected Artists notified
+ March 1 Artwork due at Toby’s for installation
+ March 4 Exhibit Opens
+ TBD Artist Reception/ Presentation
+ March 29 Show closes and artwork must be retrieved by artists

For further information on this exhibition, please contact Tracy Taylor Grubbs, Curator, at Please do not contact Toby’s Feed Barn directly. 
For information on the Conference visit

About the Curator: Artist Tracy Taylor Grubbs lives and works in San Francisco and has maintained a part-time residence in Pt. Reyes Station since 2000. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA, Arc Gallery in Chicago, IL, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, and the Venice Printmaking Studio in Venice, Italy. She has been awarded residencies at the Venice Printmaking Studio, the La Cipressaia Artist Workshop in Montagnana, Italy, the Morris Graves Foundation, and the Yosemite Renaissance Foundation. In 2013 she was selected for the prestigious John H. Hauberg Fellowship at the Pilchuck School of Glass. Tracy is represented by the Hall Spassov Gallery in Seattle, WA and Hooloon Gallery in Philadelphia. She has studied art and art history at the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art University. She also holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University.

About the Location: Point Reyes Station, located in western Marin County about 50 miles north of San Francisco, provides artists with a unique opportunity to display art in a beautiful setting which is well-loved by residents as well as by visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. About 2.5 million tourists annually visit Point Reyes. The Conference itself draws hundreds of attendees, many of whom are well-known authors, scholars, environmentalists, and artists. Toby’s Gallery is located in the historic Toby’s Feed Barn on Highway One in downtown Point Reyes Station. It’s a vibrant and vital part of the Point Reyes community.

Deadline: 12-15-2014
Geography of Hope Conference
Point Reyes Station, CA

Contact: Tracy Grubbs

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