Back to the Garden

Curated by Lauren Etchells
Feb 12, 2017

Root Division invites artists working in all media to submit work for an exhibition entitled Back to the Garden curated by Lauren Etchells.

Presented in conjunction with TASTE, Root Division’s annual culinary event, Back to the Garden examines the ways in which artists create order, find inspiration, and craft identity through the natural sublime.

From houseplants, to well-manicured gardens, and neighborhood parks, the natural world is consciously interwoven into our daily lives. The work selected for this exhibition will explore the motivations and methods by which human beings shape the natural world into a reflection of their identity, societal values, and projected ideals.

Back to the Garden is being presented in tandem with Root Division’s annual fundraiser TASTE.

Deadline for Submission: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 5 - 20, 2017

1. Application Form:

To complete your submission, please fill out this online submission form.

2. Email to containing all of the below:

- Artist Statement

- Images: Artists may submit up to four jpeg images of completed works. Video links can be hyperlinked in the submission form. Submitted work should be representative of your overall body of digital work. If you are proposing a new work, please send images of completed projects with your proposal.

3. $10 Submission Fee

E-payment can be made via this page at this link or by submitting a $10 check or money order made payable to Root Division, mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Back to the Garden, 1131 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by February 12th, 2017 at 11:59 pm for the email submission to be considered.

Email submissions can be sent to
Submissions will also be accepted via USPS and can be mailed to:
Root Division, Attn: Back to the Garden, 1131 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
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.

Deadline for Submission: February 12th at 11:59 pm

Artists will be notified about inclusion by February 21, 2017.

Call 415.863.7668 or email Amy Cancelmo, Arts Program Director at with any questions.