Embark Gallery (CA), Call for San Francisco Bay Area MFA/MA Student Artists*: Spring 2016 Exhibitions
Deadline: January 4th, 2016
*Students currently enrolled in graduate programs related to the arts at the following institutions are eligible to apply: San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis.
Call 1: Encounters: Portraits and Identity A response to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition juried by Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Dorothy Moss and Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet.
Call for artworks that capture an aspect of identity– whether personal, familial, cultural, political or otherwise. Like the guidelines for the Competition, the subject of the artwork may be anyone: a friend, stranger, relative, yourself- but must be the result of the artist’s direct encounter with that person. Artists are invited to interpret the concept of portraiture broadly, and artworks of any medium will be considered, including performance.
This exhibition will run from March 18-April 30, 2016.
Please make sure you are available to come to Embark Gallery on the following dates: March 13th, 2016 @ 2 pm– Artist Meet-Up. Bring your work to the gallery and stay for a casual get-together as a chance to meet your fellow selected artists.March 18th, 2016 @ 6-9pm– Opening Reception. A celebration of your work and the exhibition! APPLY HERE
Call 2: CAMPUS: Interventions to Public Space Embark Gallery partners with Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture to present “CAMPUS: Interventions to Public Space.” The show will run from May 12, 2016-June 4, 2016, with performance pieces starting May 19th to coincide with the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Please make sure you are available to come to Embark Gallery on the following dates: April 24th, 2016 @2 pm– Artist Meet-Up. Bring your work to the gallery and stay for a casual get-together as a chance to meet your fellow selected artists. May 12, 2016 @ 6-9pm– Opening Reception. A celebration of your work and the exhibition!
This exhibit takes Embark’s contemporary and cutting-edge programming outside of the gallery, and onto the Fort Mason campus. This call is for site-specific installations and/or performances that engage the public space of Fort Mason Center. Existing work and detailed project proposals will be accepted. Project proposals should include a detailed description with installation plan and a drawing and/or reference images of proposed or similar past artwork.
Priority will be given to artists who respond specifically to their location, and to work that encourages audience action and participation. Artwork may address the history, architecture or location of Fort Mason Center, a formal military port, as well as questions over public and private space, federal and civic entities (FMC is owned by the National Park Service), sociopolitical and cultural changes in San Francisco, the Bay, Pacific Ocean, or environmental issues– as long as the installation and/or performance responds specifically to the site, all interpretations on the theme will be considered. APPLY HERE
There are 3 available spaces and you may apply to 1 or more in the following sections.
Call 3: Curatorial Proposal Embark is excited to announce our first call for curatorial proposals. Open to both MFA and MA students with a focus on art history, curatorial, museum studies, or other similar programs.
Please submit a 250-500 word proposal for an exhibition to take place at Embark Gallery. Proposals should take into account past programming at Embark, and propose a novel exhibition. The call for artists may not exclude any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age or ability. The proposal must be broad enough that it is feasible for anyone to apply. Curators should plan to exhibit 4-10 artists from at least 3 different schools. Proposals broad enough to diversify the applicant pool will be given priority. Proposals already focused on specific artists cannot be considered.
We encourage proposals that consider current discourse surrounding contemporary art practices, theory or history, but take on a new perspective. As part of Embark’s mission to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art, we advise against proposals that are so academic as to be inaccessible to the public.
Aside from these guidelines, proposals for a show of any medium, theme or subject matter will be considered. The winning proposal will be included in Embark’s mid-year call for artists and the show will be presented in the fall. The author of the winning proposal will join the Executive and Curatorial Directors of Embark in selecting artists after submissions for our next call are received, in July 2016. This meeting can be held both virtually or in person APPLY HERE
Website link: http://www.embarkgallery.com/submissions/
About Embark Gallery offers exhibition opportunities to graduate students of the Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide a space for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and we aim to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art.
A non-profit gallery supported by the Kabouter Foundation, Embark’s programming represents the diversity of the talented artists studying at seven local art institutions: San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, and Stanford.
The juried exhibitions are held at our newly renovated gallery in the historic Fort Mason Center in the Marina of San Francisco. Embark hosts an opening reception for each show and also provides selected artists with professionally published exhibition catalogs.