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Call for Photography Submissions: Take Me Away

  • Deadline:
    Dec. 14, 2012, 6 p.m.
  • Location:
    San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, California, 94102, US

Take Me Away, a juried exhibition presented by SFAC Galleries and PhotoAlliance.

SUBMISSION DUE: Must be received by Saturday, December 14 by 6pm. No late entries will be accepted under any circumstance. Submission materials will not be returned.

Exhibition Dates: January 30 – May 10, 2013
Location: SFAC Galleries, San Francisco City Hall
For more information: contact the SFAC Galleries at 415.554.6080 or aimee.leduc@sfgov.org

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) and PhotoAlliance invite you to submit images of your work to be considered for the exhibition Take Me Away. The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ Art at City Hall program began in 1996 with the goal of bringing artwork with a social conscience into the seat of government. Sixteen years later, Art at City Hall has matured into a premiere program for the exhibition of photography by local, national and international artists.

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries and PhotoAlliance are inviting submissions of photography that depict images of escape and escapism. When you step away from your day-to-day, where do you go? Where do you escape or where do you dream of escaping? It could be somewhere just around the corner, or beyond the city limits. You might instead escape to a fantastical place that manifests in your mind or in virtual space. We’re interested in knowing where you go, or would like to go, and are calling for images that will also inspire viewers to consider their own relationship with escapism.
The exhibition will highlight the works of three “featured” artists: David Gardner, Rebecca Horne, and Alice Shaw alongside 40 – 60 works that will be selected as a result of this call for submissions.

The City Hall ground floor exhibition space can accommodate up to 100 photographs. The jury will choose between three and eight images from each selected artist. Please do not submit less than three images. There will be no stipend for selected artists.
Please be conscious of the fact that the exhibition space at City Hall is a multi-use area that acts as a busy intersection for City employees, tourists, children and arts patrons. It is both a municipal cross roads and a place where individual concerns may be expressed. Please note that exhibited works will not be insured.

ELIGIBILITY: All living artists over the age of 18 who are residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to apply. All work should have been completed in the past five years. (San Francisco Bay Area counties include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma Counties)
No entry fee required

MEDIUM, FRAMING, DELIVERY: All two-dimensional works using any photographic process including digital and/or analog are eligible for exhibition. All chosen works should be delivered to the Gallery framed and behind glass or Plexiglas. All selected artists need to be able to deliver and pick up their work from San Francisco City Hall on designated installation and de-installation dates. Works that need to be shipped will not be considered.
PORTFOLIO: Only digital submissions will be accepted. Submit no less than three and no more than ten images of available works. Files should be on a CD in JPEG format. Image size should be no larger than 2MB or 8 inches in one dimension with a resolution of 150dpi.
Image files should be titled: Lastname_Firstname_imagenumber.jpg
Please submit an accompanying inventory sheet with the image number, your name, title, date, medium and unframed dimensions of each piece. You may also include a one-page statement about the work and a one-page bio.

Please include the following information on your inventory sheet:
Full name, Address, Phone number, Email address

San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Attn: Take Me Away Jury

No emailed submissions will be accepted. Hand delivered or mailed applications only.

Ann Jastrub, Gallery Director, RayKo Photo Center
Meg Shiffler, Galleries Director, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries
Thom Sempere, Executive Director, PhotoAlliance
Aimee Le Duc, Galleries Manager, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries

December 14: Submissions due by 6pm
December 18: Jury panel meets to make decisions
December 19: Notify selected artists (emails will be sent)
January 17-19: Artists deliver artwork
January 30: Opening reception at City Hall, 5:30 – 7:30pm
May 10: Exhibition closes
May 16-18: Artists pick-up artwork