Call Detail

After Nature at Art Works Downtown

Entry Deadline: 3/16/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (After Nature at Art Works Downtown): $40.00

Theme: There is a rich history of artists working in nature and with scientific research specimens to render animals, insects and plants in all of their diverse splendor. We are also at a point in the time where nature is inseparable from human influence—we have entered the geographic footprint and forever changed ecosystems, the landscape and the climate—leaving the nonhuman life of the planet to respond and adapt or perish. This exhibition seeks to explore both a catalog of living things, and also to reflect upon the future of "natural" development in the Anthropocene Epoch, the Age of Humans. The exhibition's title references both the tradition of still life painting and Jedediah Purdy's 2015 book "After Nature: Politics for the Anthropocene."

Juror: Sharon Bliss, Interim Director at Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University

  • San Francisco Bay Area artists only (artist must live within 100 miles from San Rafael California).
  • Open to all visual arts media. Video must include player, monitor, earphones, etc., projections are prohibited.
  • Size limit: artwork must not exceed 72" by any dimension, including frame and all materials.
  • Original artwork only. No giclees or reproductions. Editions are acceptable.
  • Submissions must not have previously exhibited in the AWD 1337 Gallery.
  • Please note this exhibition will include one work by Tiffany Bozic and Stephanie Peek, pre-selected by the juror. The juror will select approximately 30 additional artworks from the applications to this call only. All types of compositions and styles, in response to the exhibition theme, will be considered.

Exhibition Calendar:

  • Fri, March 16, 4pm: Entries due via Note: AWD's deadline is 4pm because our office closes. Technically you have until 11:59pm Mountain time. We can’t help applicants after 4pm or add applications after the call closes.
  • Fri, March 23 or Sat, March 24: Notification by email. Note: you will receive separate emails for invited and not-invited works.
  • Sat, April 14, 1pm­–4pm: Deliver accepted entries
  • Fri, May 11, 5–8pm: Reception and 2nd Friday Art Walk
  • Sat, June 2, 10am–12noon: Pick up unsold artwork

Entry Fee: $40 for a maximum of 3 entries. Discount provided for AWD Artist Members.

Online Entry: AWD uses (CaFÉ) to process juried exhibitions. To submit entries, visit First create a free profile then upload images to your portfolio. Second, apply to this call. The CaFÉ website provides all the assistance you should need to prepare your submissions and apply. If you have trouble sizing your image(s), use the links provided below for help. Before you start, we recommend reviewing the CAFÉ HELP page. We also recommend reviewing our CAFÉ Tips and Tricks at the bottom of our webpage: If you need assistance after using these resources, contact AWD to schedule an appointment with our staff prior to the entry due date (3/16/18).

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  • 3D/sculptural entries: Since you can only submit one image per entry, we suggest submitting one image that includes two views per entry.

Delivery of Accepted Work: Work(s) must be hand delivered to Art Works Downtown 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael between the hours of 1pm through 4pm. All work must be ready for installation. Wall hung work must be securely wired. If your artwork requires an unusual installation process, include clear and thorough written/typed directions and be prepared to help install your artwork during the following week if the Gallery Designer needs your help. No substitutes will be accepted for works approved by the juror. Please also deliver an artist statement and resume for the artist binder at the same time you deliver your artwork. We do not print these materials for you. The artist must sign a consignment contract upon delivery. If a representative of the artist delivers, the artist must call ahead to give the representative’s name. You may also email Ellen: ellen@artworksdowntownorg

Pick Up: Pick up unsold work between 10am and 12noon. Artists who do not retrieve their work will be charged a storage fee of $1.00 per day. Works remaining after 30 days will become property of Art Works Downtown.

Sales: Art Works Downtown (AWD) accepts a 40% donation upon sale. AWD processes sales as follows. All checks and credit card sales will be made to Art Works Downtown. AWD then reports the sales tax and passes the net sale to the artist. The artist is responsible for donating 40% of the net sale total to AWD. It is not the artist’s responsibility to report sales tax. All sold artworks will remain in the gallery until the exhibition ends. Buyers can pick up the work on, or after, the last exhibition day. Sales will be paid to artists at the end of the exhibition.

Liability and Image use Regarding Work Submitted: Precaution will be taken to safeguard all work from loss or damage, but neither Art Works Downtown nor anyone connected with this exhibition will be responsible for loss or damage from any cause. Artist permits AWD to use images(s) of accepted works for AWD promotions.