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Call for Artists

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

November 8-9, 2019

Call ends on October 1, 2019

The Artists Loft, located in downtown Oakland, CA is seeking local San Francisco Bay Area artists to exhibit their work for a one weekend art exhibit, November 8 - 10, 2019. Visual and performance artists are welcome to submit any medium including painting, charcoal, illustration, photography, installations, poetry/spoken word, songs, music, dance, filmography, etc. 

The topic of this exhibit will be “Dia de los Muertos”, or “Day of the Dead”, the equivalent of the Catholic “All Souls Day” celebrated on November 2, where the dearly departed are celebrated and honored by loved ones.

Work must adhere to the following parameters:

  • Each work must address the topic, and

  • Each piece (or grouping) of physical art must be for sale for $400 or less.

Within these parameters, the exhibit is open to your artistic interpretation.  You may opt to focus on an intimate experience such as personal loss, cherished relationships; a broader experience such as local and global current events and issues, cultural traditions and rituals, the mystery of cemeteries; or contemporary iconography such as calaveras (sugar skulls), calacas (skeletons) or catrinas (Ladies of Death), Mexican Artists, etc.

 

This exhibit will incorporate a fun, lively concept – Off the Hook – that will encourage visitors to liberate the art (i.e. buy) as they view it, and take immediate possession of purchased art rather than after the exhibit has closed, essentially taking down the exhibit in real time.

Interested artists should email The Artists Loft at TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com by October 1, 2019.  Provide your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and jpegs of up to 6 pieces of work that you would like to be considered for the exhibit.  Include the name of the work, medium, dimensions (framed) and sale price.  Please ensure that your information is accurate and complete.

Note: Artists may be required to bring samples of work to The Artists Loft for view prior to them being accepted for this exhibit. The Artists Loft reserves the right to select pieces of work to be exhibited in this show.

For more information about The Artists Loft, visit the Exhibits/Events webpage at www.TheArtistsLoftCA.com.

Previous Calls for Artists

Autumnal Equinox Celebration Exhibit

September 20-22, 2019

 

This Call closed on July 31, 2019

The Artists Loft, located in Old Oakland, CA, is seeking local San Francisco Bay Area visual and performance artists to participate in its Autumnal Equinox & Libra Celebration Exhibit September 20-22, 2019. This Call closes July 31, 2019.

This exhibit celebrates the Sun, the Great Chariot in the Sky, as it enters the Constellation of Libra, officially starting Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Also called, the First Point of Libra, the Autumnal Equinox signifies a time of balance marked by nearly equal lengths of day and night around the world. Considered by many to be the most desirable of all signs, Libra represents the zenith of the year when the harvest of spring’s hard work is reaped.  Libra, the personification of balance and harmony, asks us to focus on finding harmony and equilibrium with all areas of life.

 

Artists answering this call are asked to consider what the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox and/or the Archetype of Libra, means to them.  Focal areas may include the Father Sun traversing the heavens, the archetype or constellation of Libra, the harvest, the Harvest Moon, balance, monuments built by ancient and modern cultures to celebrate the movement of the Sun across the sky, mystery of the sky/sun, rebirth, etc.

 

Visual art may be in any medium including illustration, photography, painting, glasswork, sculpture, jewelry, etc. Performing art may be in any medium including poetry, spoken word, book reading, dance, song, etc. 

 

Artwork Parameters:

  1. Up to 5 submissions may be provided consideration. Submissions must be sent to: TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com.

  2. All work that is for sale must be priced at $500 or less per piece.

  3. Each visual art submission must be in color in .jpeg format, and its title, dimensions and sale price must be included.

  4. Each performing art submission must include a copy of the poem, song, book excerpt or video of the dance or similar dance and its title.

  5. Each submission should include a short written statement of how the art provided for consideration correlates the topic of this exhibit.

 

Submissions must be sent to The Artists Loft on or before the end of the business day on July 31, 2019.  Artists who are interested in the exhibit and would like to create new work for this exhibit, must contact The Artists Loft by July 31, 2019.

 

Selection of submissions for inclusion in this exhibit and notification to artists will be completed by Sunday August 11, 2019.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact The Artists Loft at TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com.

Summer Solstice Celebration 

 

The Artists Loft, located in Old Oakland, CA,  is seeking visual and performance artists to participate in its Summer Solstice & Cancer Archetype Exhibit Friday June 21 through Sunday June 23, 2019. This Call closes on April 12, 2019.

This exhibit is a celebration of the Great Chariot in the sky as it enters the Constellation of Cancer, officially starting summer, that is marked by the longest day in the Northern hemisphere.  In this early month of summer, a new phase of life begins.  Here, in the light with the Sun shining over us, we can see with clarity what the Promise Land is, what needs to be done to get there, and we will achieve it! It is also a time to revel in the beauty of life, nurture our closest bonds providing unconditional love and remember our loved ones.

 

Artists answering this call are asked to consider what the Summer Solstice and/or the Archetype of Cancer, means to them.  Focal areas may include the Father Sun traversing the heavens, the archetype or constellation of Cancer, monuments built by ancient and modern cultures to celebrate the movement of the Sun across the sky, mystery of the sky/sun, rebirth, etc. The sky’s the limit!

 

Visual and Performing Artists are welcome apply.  Visual art may be in any medium including illustration, photography, painting, glass work, sculpture, jewelry, etc. Performing art may be in any medium including poetry, spoken word, book reading, dance, song, etc. 

 

Artwork Parameters:

  1. Up to 5 submissions may be provided consideration. Submissions must be sent to: TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com.

  2. All work that is for sale must be priced at $500 or less per piece.

  3. Each visual art submission must be in color in jpeg (.jpg) format, and its title, dimensions and sale price must be included.

  4. Each performing art submission must include a copy of the poem, song, book excerpt or video of the dance or similar dance and its title.

  5. Each submission must include a short written statement of how the art provided for consideration correlates the topic of this exhibit.

 

Submissions must be sent to The Artists Loft on or before the end of the business day on April 12, 2019.  Artists who are interested in the exhibit and would like to create new work for this exhibit, must contact The Artists Loft by April 6, 2019.

Exhibit:

Pop Up Pop Art Exhibit:

Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Comic Art

Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2018

This Call is Closed

The Artists Loft is seeking popular art submissions from local Bay Area artists, specifically Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comic art that is artistically and politically adventurous for a Pop-Up Exhibit on September 14 - 16, 2018.


Submissions should address tough subjects typically broached by popular media such as female empowerment, gender equality, salvation of the world, secret societies, race relations, police brutality, alternate present, etc.  Think Superheroes, villains, monsters, aliens and far off galaxies.

                                           
All work must be original and may include illustration, prints, digital/graphic media, painting photography, poetry, sculpture, literary work, performing arts. All work must be priced at $600 or less. Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces for consideration by July 15, 2018. The artist's full name, physical and email address, name of each piece, its dimensions with frame/ matte, and its price must be included with the submission. Submissions should be sent to TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com.

Artists that would like to submit work that has not yet been created, or is in progress but not completed, may contact The Artists Loft for consideration of such work. 

Exhibit: Reflection

Deadline for Submissions: March 29, 2018

This Call is Closed

The Artists Loft, located in Old Oakland is seeking local Bay Area Artists to exhibit their work in a one-weekend exhibit, scheduled to open on Friday, May 18, 2018. This exhibit will be a collaborative project showcasing various mediums including painting, metal work, sculpture, photography, movement, charcoal, jewelry, three-dimensional work, etc.

 

The topic for this evocative and introspective exhibit is “Reflection”. You will consider what your reflection (figuratively or literally) conveys about you. Submissions must adhere to this topic, and each piece of work must be priced at $300 or less.

 

Within these parameters, your art is open to your artistic interpretation.  What do you see when you look at yourself?  Who are you? What do you stand for? How have your actions or art influence or impacted your community? These questions and more are up for discussion as you explore how you visualize yourself.

 

Interested artists should email The Artists Loft at TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com by March 19, 2018.  Provide your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and jpegs of up to six (6) pieces of work that you would like to be considered for the exhibit.  Include the name of the work, medium, dimensions (matted and framed) and sale price. Please ensure that your information is accurate and complete.

 

Unfinished works of art that are not ready for formal submission may be considered. Artists must contact The Artists Loft by COB March 19, 2018 for consideration.

 

Note: Artists may be required to bring samples of work to The Artists Loft for view prior to them being accepted for this exhibit. The Artists Loft reserves the right to select pieces of work to be exhibited in this show.

 

For more information about The Artists Loft, visit the website at  www.TheArtistsLoftCA.com

Exhibit: Dia de los Muertos

Benefits the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2017

 

This call is closed.

The Artists Loft, located in downtown Oakland, CA is seeking local Bay Area artists to exhibit their work for a one weekend art exhibit, scheduled to open on November 3, 2017. This exhibit will be a collaborative project showcasing various artistic mediums including painting, water-color, charcoal, photography, three-dimensional work, and performing arts; and will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

The topic of this exhibit will be “Dia de los Muertos”, or “Day of the Dead”, the equivalent of the Catholic “All Souls Day” celebrated on November 2, where the dearly departed are celebrated and honored by loved ones. 

 

Work must adhere to the following parameters:

  • Each work must address the topic, and

  • Each piece (or grouping) of physical art must be for sale for $400 or less.

 

Within these parameters, the exhibit is open to your artistic interpretation.  You may opt to focus on an intimate experience such as personal loss, cherished relationships; a broader experience such as local and global current events and issues, cultural traditions and rituals, the mystery of cemeteries; or contemporary iconography such as calaveras (sugar skulls), calacas (skeletons) or catrinas (Ladies of Death), etc.

 

This exhibit will incorporate a fun, lively concept – Off the Hook – that will encourage visitors to liberate the art (i.e. buy) as they view it, and take immediate possession of purchased art rather than after the exhibit has closed, essentially taking down the exhibit in real time.

Interested artists should email Melanie Gravois of The Artists Loft at  TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com by September 15, 2017.  Provide your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and jpegs of up to 6 pieces of work that you would like to be considered for the exhibit.  Include the name of the work, medium, dimensions (framed) and sale price.  Please ensure that your information is accurate and complete.

 

Note: Artists may be required to bring samples of work to The Artists Loft for view prior to them being accepted for this exhibit. The Artists Loft reserves the right to select pieces of work to be exhibited in this show.

 

For more information about The Artists Loft, visit the website at  www.TheArtistsLoftCA.com.

Exhibit: Exploration of Death

Benefits the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Organization
 

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2017

 

This Call is Closed

 

 

The Artists Loft is seeking local Bay Area artists to exhibit their work for a multi-weekend art exhibit, scheduled to open mid-April 2017.  This exhibit will be a collaborative project showcasing various artistic mediums including paint, photography, water color, charcoal, etc.; and it will benefit the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center. 

 

The focus of this exhibit will explore the topic of "Death", and is open to your artistic interpretation and medium.  You may opt to focus on an intimate experience, such as a personal loss, funerals, intrigue of  cemeteries; a broader local or global social experience such as death by guns, auto accidents, genocide or terrorism;  or an abstract emotion or feeling associated with death.

 

Interested artists should email Melanie Gravois of The Artists Loft at TheArtistsLoft.CA@gmail.com by February 28, 2017.  Provide your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, website (as applicable), and .jpegs of 2-5 pieces of work that you would like to be considered for the exhibit. Please include the name of the work, medium, dimensions and sale price. 

 

Note: Artists may be required to bring samples of work to The Artists Loft for view prior to them being accepted for this exhibit. The Artists Loft reserves the right to select pieces of work to be exhibited in this show.