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Through That Which Is Seen 

Curated by: Alexis Arnold and Lauren Hartman

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 19, 2012
Exhibition Dates: June 6-23, 2012

Root Division invites artists investigating the diorama through all genres, to submit work for an exhibition entitled Through That Which is Seen.

Through That Which is Seen will represent a range of interpretations of the diorama on all scales. We aim to exhibit pieces borrowing from museums’ use of the diorama as a means to inform and educate to works that turn the more conventional notion of diorama on its head. From natural history displays to shoebox book reports, the word diorama often conjures memories from childhood. However, dioramas can be found dotted throughout our daily lives. Think about storefront displays, televisions, and medicine cabinets, to name a few. Does a shower become a performative diorama when in use? Or a car? The co-curators are open to reviewing any and all iterations of possible interpretations of dioramas.

Checklist of application materials:

  • 4 images (jpegs: 72 dpi, 600x800 pixels max) (Digital only please; Sorry, no slides) Video should be submitted as a still and as a link to a web-hosted video viewer AND/OR 3-minute video clip on CD/DVD for Mac
  • If you are submitting a site-specific installation please send 4 images of a past installation.
  • Checklist of submitted works
  • Artist resume (1-2 pages max)
  • Statement about how this work or proposal relates to the exhibitions theme (1 page max)
  • SASE (for return of materials if desired)
  • $10 check/money order made payable to Root Division (e-payment can also be made via PayPal button below)

Email submissions can be sent to Submissions will also be accepted via USPS & can be mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Though That Which Is Seen, 3175 17th Street, SF, CA 94110. If your submission is mailed, we prefer that all documents are saved as either word docs (.doc) or PDFs (.pdf) and burned to a CD with your images rather than printed. (Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by March 19th for the email submission to be considered.)

Please call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.

**Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by March 30, 2012 via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show. Curator will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work is strongly suggested.**


3175 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Root Division is an arts and arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Voluntary Arts Contirbution Fund; Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.

For further information regarding events and/or press materials, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cancelmo at 415.863.7668 or