Thank you for your interest in curating an exhibition at Root Division.

SUMMER DEADLINE is July 1, 2024!

Proposal deadlines are three times a year: March 1, July 1, and November 1. We are currently reviewing for exhibitions to take place in 2025 and early 2026.

If you missed out an submitting this round, please still submit using this form and we will review your exhibition at the next review date. Thank you!

Root Division’s Second Saturday Exhibition Series showcases the work of over 300 artists annually, and offers up to six emerging curators the opportunity to explore conceptually rigorous group exhibitions in our galleries. Strong proposals to our curatorial program are innovative, engaging, and conceptually driven group exhibitions.

Part of Root Division’s mission is to provide opportunities to emerging and mid-career artists and curators. We are currently only accepting guest curated proposals for group exhibitions. On average group exhibitions range from 12-20 artists. Our exhibitions series aims to reach a diverse range of audiences, and we value the opportunity for these public events to forge organizational partnerships and cross promotional educational programming.

While Root Division does not exclude artists and curators from outside the Bay Area, our primary focus is developing opportunities for local artists and curators. Strong proposals will include tangible relevance to the Bay Area, and that 70% or more of the included artists live and work in the Bay Area.

Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. The gallery is at the center of the organization’s facility, and as such, this space serves many needs and provides a unique environment in which to curate a show. We strongly encourage you to visit our website to familiarize yourself with our past and current exhibition program, and to understand the mission of the organization before submitting a proposal.

Review Process:
Our Curatorial Committee comprised of established Bay Area arts professionals meets to review submissions shortly after our deadlines in March, July, & November. We have a group review process and attempt to collect and provide feedback for all applicants.


Please complete the digital application form. If you have any questions or have any issues uploading the required material, you can email

1. Submit your Curatorial Proposal: please complete the DIGITAL APPLICATION FORM

Please note that Root Division has eliminated the curatorial submission fee to allow for a broader range of applicants. Donations to support our free public programs can be made on our website.


Please email with any questions.

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