Call Detail

Storytelling at Art Works Downtown
1337 Fourth Street
San Rafael CA, 94901

Event Dates: 6/8/18 - 7/13/18
Entry Deadline: 5/10/18
Application Closed


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

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $40.00

Theme: We understand our world and our place in it through the stories we tell and the stories we receive. Art Works Downtown is looking for art that invites viewers to construct stories about what they see. Artworks accepted for this exhibition will activate their stories using a range of approaches from description to implication, from a frozen single moment of obvious action to juxtapositions of ambiguity. The Bay Area has a rich history of visual storytellers from R. Crumb to Christopher Brown, Joan Brown to M. Louise Stanley, Viola Frey to Richard Shaw. Tell us your stories, stories that resonate with you, or pieces that invite viewers to find their own stories in your art.

Juror: Kay Bradner, nationally exhibiting artist, retired art professor,


  • SF Bay Area artists only (artist must live within 100 miles from San Rafael California)
  • Media: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, collage, assemblage. No video media. Some text is ok, but we are primarily looking for visual works.
  • Original artwork only. No giclees or reproductions. Editions are acceptable.
  • Submissions must not have previously exhibited in the AWD 1337 Gallery.
  • Apply through Call For AWD will not accept hardcopy, email, or disk submissions. 

Exhibition Calendar:

  • Fri, May 10, 1pm: Entries due via Note: Technically you have until 11:59 Mountain time. We can not help with applications after 1pm or add applications after the call closes.
  • Fri, May 17 or 18: Notification by email. Note: you will receive separate emails for invited and not-invited works.
  • Sat, June 2, 1pm­–4pm: Deliver accepted entries
  • Fri, June 8, 5–8pm: Reception and 2nd Friday Art Walk
  • Fri, July 13, 5–8pm: Reception and 2nd Friday Art Talk
  • Sat, July 28, 10am–2pm: Pick up unsold artwork

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

Online Entry: To submit entries, 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 recomend reviewing the CAFÉ HELP page. We also recommend reviewing our CAFÉ Tips and Tricks by going to > Exhibitions Tab > Calls for Entry > Tips and Tricks.

  • 3D/Sculptural entries: Since you can only submit one image per entry, we suggest submitting one image with two views.
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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 you’re artwork requires an unusual installation process, include clear and thorough 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. 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.

Pick Up: Pick up unsold work between 10am and 2pm. 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.