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SFSU Fine Arts Gallery
School of Art
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: California
Entry Deadline: 10/1/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $15.00

February 23 – April 4, 2019

Theme: The BUILT ENVIRONMENTS exhibition will examine constructed artistic interventions both inside and outside of the gallery space, where spatial relations and the routine materials of architecture and building are exploded through artistic experimentation. The exhibition approach is two-tiered: we have confirmed a selection of artists/artist teams to serve as anchors for the exhibition. This open call now broadens the reach and scope of the project, and hopes to introduce new voices into the conversation.

 Anchor artists: Lead Pencil Studio, Bessma Khalaf, Mary Anne Kluth, Cybele Lyle, Macro Waves, Andrew Schoultz.

Jurors: Sharon E. Bliss, Director, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery; Kevin B. Chen, independent curator and SFSU adjunct faculty; and the students of ART619, SFSU’s Exhibition Design class.


•       Apply through

•       Open to all media.

•       All work to be hand-delivered to the Gallery by the artist, or shipped at the artist’s expense.

Exhibition Calendar:

10/1/18: Entries due via

10/22/18: Notification by email. Applicants will receive separate emails for both invited and non-invited works.

1/22 – 1/25/19: Work delivered to Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University.

2/22/19: Exhibition opening reception, 1-3pm.

4/5/19: De-install & pick up.

Entry Fee: $15 for up to 2 artworks. Maximum 6 total images.  For each artwork you may upload up to 2 additional detail images, video, or audio. Include the word “detail” in the Artwork title. Only one image per slide.

Online Entry: To submit entries, use First, create a free profile then upload images to your portfolio. Second, apply to this call. The CaFÉ website provides instructions regarding preparing submissions and additional support is available on the HELP page.

Delivery of Accepted Work: Work must be hand delivered to the Fine Arts Gallery, SF State University, Fine Arts Building, Room 238, San Francisco, CA at times to be arranged with the gallery staff, or shipped at the artist’s expense. All work must be ready for installation unless prior arrangements have been made with the gallery staff. Provide clear and thorough installation guidelines, if needed. No substitutes will be accepted for works approved by the jury. Please include an artist statement. The artist, or representative of the artist, will sign a loan agreement upon delivery.

Pick up: Work will be de-installed on Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 9am. 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 the property of SF State Fine Arts Gallery.

Sales: All inquiries regarding the sale of work will be forwarded directly to the artist. The Fine Arts Gallery does not sell work, and does not take a percentage of the price of works sold from exhibitions.


The Fine Arts Gallery has a long history of engaging the community with thoughtful and provocative visual arts exhibitions. These have included most recently RE:collected; Photography and the Archive (2017); Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back, featuring artists of the Iranian, Iraqi and Egyptian diasporas (2017); and When I remember, I see Red: Contemporary Native American Art of California (2016).

Fine Arts Gallery Director Sharon Bliss has organized exhibitions for SF State and other venues ranging from solo exhibitions by artists including Daniel Joseph Martinez, Crystal Liu, and Michael Light, to group exhibitions exploring themes such as art and criminal justice, and those mentioned above. At SFSU she collaborates with independent curator Kevin B. Chen, who teaches the SF State Exhibition class, and whose work at numerous venues range from solo exhibitions by artists including Taraneh Hemami, Lebbeus Woods, Margaret Harrison, Hasan Elahi, and Jenny Odell, to group exhibitions exploring themes such as intellectual property and mapping and data visualization.

San Francisco State University is a diverse, urban public school with a student population of 30,000. The Fine Arts Gallery, housed within the SF State School of Art, serves a broad and varied audience that includes students, faculty, and staff of the University, along with the local arts community and the greater population of the region. Our mission to showcase recent developments in local, regional, national and international contemporary and historical art with special focus on representing the diversity of our community and furthering the University’s commitment to social justice. Lectures, performances, film screenings and other public programs serve to expand the discussions initiated in our exhibitions, which alternate between the presentation of work by professional artists and that by students. Student involvement in all aspects of organizing and presenting exhibitions in the Fine Arts Gallery is key to the program

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