Call for Curatorial Proposals

Thank you for your interest in curating an exhibition at Root Division.
The NEXT DEADLINE is November 1, 2021 for exhibitions in 2023 and beyond!

Root Division's Second Saturday Exhibition Series showcases the work of over 300 artists annually, 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 12-20 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 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 in March, July & November to review submissions. We have a review process & provide feedback sessions for all applicants.

How To Submit your Application:
Deadline for Submission: November 1, 2021

Please submit the following :
Curatorial Proposal Submission Form: please submit the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM 

Images: Up to eight jpgs associated conceptually with the curatorial proposal. Each jpg should be 1200px in the largest dimension, labeled to correspond with the inventory numbers listed on the 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.

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

Send all submission materials to: submissions@rootdivision…
Please email 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.

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