Root Division invites artists working in all genres to submit work for Introductions 2024, the 18th iteration of our annual juried exhibition.

Established in 2007, Introductions is one of Root Division’s signature exhibitions, showcasing the talents of twelve emerging Bay Area artists without gallery representation. Artists are selected through a rigorous review process by a panel of three prominent arts professionals based on the conceptual and formal strength of their work. The resulting exhibition provides a snapshot of the Bay Area’s artistic landscape featuring a diverse range of media and subject matter, including but not limited to video, installation, sculpture, photography, textiles, and painting.  

A key pillar of Root Division’s gallery program, Introductions offers artists an opportunity to share their art to the Bay Area community and beyond through an exhibition, reception, and publication.


Callie Jones, Co-Founder, COL Gallery, San Francisco
Ebti, Artist and Introductions alum (‘20)
Matthew Villar Miranda, Curatorial Associate, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Eligibility requirements:

▪ Artists must be living in one of 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma counties). Note that finalists may be asked to schedule a studio visit and/or present their work in- person at Root Division’s studios as part of the review process.

▪ Artwork submitted for review (or work very similar in nature to that submitted) must be available for listed exhibition dates. 

▪ Artists cannot have existing gallery representation in the Bay Area.

Priority Deadline: Monday, June 3 at 11:59 pm

Exhibition dates: August 14 – September 21
2nd Saturday Opening Reception: September 14, 2024
Artwork drop-off and installation dates: July 29 – August 13, 2024

** Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by early July —- via email about the inclusion of their work in the show. Representatives from Root Division will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work for submission is strongly suggested. **


Please complete the Digital Application Form, attaching the materials listed below:

  • Images: Up to four jpgs and/or a link to a 3-minute clip of a video on Vimeo or other video platform. Each jpg should be 72dpi, 1200px in the largest dimension, labeled to correspond with the inventory numbers listed on the application (i.e. 01_LastName.jpg). If there is video it should be submitted as a still and as a link to a web-hosted video viewer.
  • Artist Resume: (2 pg. max)
  • Artist Statement: (1 pg. max) Please tell us about your art practice and how the pieces submitted relate.

Please pay the Submission Fee: A $20 fee must be on file by 6/3/24 for the submission to be considered.

Deadline to submit: Monday, June 3 at 11:59 pm 


Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in San Francisco’s Mid-Market/SoMA District. Root Division’s mission is to empower artists, promote community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts.

Root Division’s 2nd Saturday Exhibition Series showcases high caliber work with an emphasis on Bay Area emerging artists reflecting contemporary artistic ideas and current social concerns, in a variety of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. Exhibiting over 350 artists and hosting over 6,000 visitors to the gallery yearly through receptions, gallery hours, artist panels, online exhibitions, and digital programming, this dynamic program continues to grow in its relevance and importance in the careers of Bay Area artists and curators.

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