Call for Curatorial Proposals TASTE 2015



Root Division is visual arts nonprofit that connects arts education, exhibitions, and subsidized studios in a unique arts ecosystem. Part of our mission is to offer opportunities for emerging and professional artists to develop, which includes exhibiting work and curating exhibitions. We embrace artists and curators with no experience in these areas as well as those with extensive resumes. As we consider submissions, we intend to include a broad range of artistic practices.

Presented in April each year, TASTE, is one of Root Division’s largest fundraising events and unique exhibitions. The event features inspired local food, drink, art, & music all onsite in Root Division’s gallery & studios.

Each year, a guest curator presents an exhibition relating to the theme of food and drink. This exhibition has its own opening reception on the 2nd Saturday of the month and regular gallery hours, as well as being a prominent feature of the fundraising event. To get a sense of past exhibitions visit our website (link to past exhibitions)

Our gallery space serves many needs, and as such is 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 & current exhibition program, and understand the mission of the organization before submitting a proposal. This is especially true for the TASTE exhibition, as there will be chefs and mixologists creating creative food and beverage in the exhibition space on the evening of the fundraiser. (For this reason, large-scale floor installations are not advised.) In order to promote as many artists as possible, we currently only accept proposals for group exhibitions. However, because of the multi-use of the space, we try to limit the amount of artists involved in TASTE to 15.

Strong proposals will be clear & concise, will present innovative & engaging ideas, and will intend to draw a diverse group of participants & visitors. While we do not exclude artists & curators from outside the Bay Area, our primary focus is presenting local emerging artists and local emerging curators.

Review Process:
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.


Submit your Application

Deadline for Submission: November 1, 2014

Please submit the following for INITIAL REVIEW:

Request for Initial Review Form: please submit the online application form (DOWNLOAD FORM)

Curatorial Statement: a one-page statement describing the project and the artworks submitted

Images: Up to eight (jpgs, 1200px in largest dimension) 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.

Image Inventory Sheet: In form, download above.

Curator’s Resume: (2 pg. max) Please do not submit all exhibiting artist resumes for Initial Review

SASE for return of materials, if desired

Email submissions can be sent to Submissions will also be accepted via USPS & can be mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Curatorial Proposals 2013, 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 call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.


Submission Fee

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by 11/1/2014 for the email submission to be considered. E-payment can be made via the form below, or submit a $10 check/money order made payable to Root Division.

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