Curatorial Proposal Submission

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit organization that was founded in 2002. 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.

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. 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. In order to promote as many artists as possible, we currently only accept proposals for group exhibitions. Recent shows have ranged from five to thirty-five artists.

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.

Please submit the following for INITIAL REVIEW:

  • Request for Initial Review 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
Submit materials to:, or mail to: Root Division, Curatorial Proposal, PO Box 411605, San Francisco, CA 94141

Feel free to call Root Division at 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.