Curatorial Open Call

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Thank you for your interest in curating an exhibition at Root Division! We are currently seeking curatorial proposals for our 2022 exhibition season.

Root Division's Second Saturday Exhibition Series annually showcases the work of over 300 artists, and offers up to eight 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 as many emerging and mid-career artists as possible. We are currently only accepting guest curated proposals for group exhibitions. On average group exhibitions range from 8-20 artists. Our exhibitions series aims to reach a diverse range of Bay Area 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. Strong proposals will include tangible relevance to the Bay Area if the curator or proposed artists are not local.

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 that you visit our space and our website, familiarize yourself with our past and current exhibition program, and understand the mission of the organization before submitting a proposal.

Our Curatorial Committee of established Bay Area arts professionals meets in March, July & November to review submissions. We have an Initial Review & a Follow-Up Review Process. The Initial Review is a great opportunity to submit the kernel of the curatorial idea, presenting a limited number of images and writing materials. Once the Curatorial Committee completes the Initial Review, we will request additional materials from a select number of applicants for a Follow-up Review.

Please submit the following for INITIAL REVIEW by November 1, 2020:

Send the following to submissions@rootdivision... as attachments.
- Images: Up to 8 (jpgs) labeled to correspond with the inventory numbers listed on application (i.e. 01_ShowTitle). If there is video it should be submitted as a still and as a link to a web-hosted video viewer. We encourage applicant's to utilize the "Notes" section to explain in greater detail how each artwork connects to the proposed exhibition's theme.
- Curator’s Resume: (2 pg. max) Please do not submit all exhibiting artist resumes for Initial Review
- Recommended: One-page curatorial statement (extension of statement submitted within the Google form)

Submissions can be sent to submissions@rootdivision...
Please email Renée Rhodes, Art Programs Manager at with any questions.

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.