Open Call: Let Me Be A Witness

Curated by Stacey Goodman
Nov 30, 2017

Root Division invites artists to submit work for Let Me Be A Witness, to be presented at Root Division in San Francisco, California in March 2018.

Let Me Be A Witness is an exhibition of work that might be described as “witness art.” Witness art is distinct in its qualities of observation, research, and as a response to specific events in the world. At times humorous and personal, and other times dire and political, Let Me Be A Witness invites artist to submit work in all genres and media.

From Tumblr photo blogs of daily routines to the activism of Black Lives Matter, the act of witnessing via social media has become a catalyst of social change by transforming passive observation to something bigger than the individual observer. Drawing the title from a traditional response of African-American church-goers’ call to testify, Let Me Be a Witness will exhibit work that reflect a variety of topics that might otherwise never see the light of day. The curation will focus on art that ranges from the personal art-as-memoir to the socially conscious and political.

This call for entries is meant to complete a show that currently includes the work of Glenna Cole Allee, Amy Balkin, Shannon Carey, Cheryl Derricotte, Rodney Ewing, Lauren Hartman, William Rhodes, and Brandon Tauszik.

Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Exhibition Dates: February 22 - March 10, 2018

1. Application Form:
To complete your submission, please fill out this online submission form.

2. Email to submissions@rootdivision... 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. 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: Let Me Be A Witness, 1131 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by November 30th, 2017 at 11:59 pm for the email submission to be considered.

Email submissions can be sent to submissions@rootdivision....
Submissions will also be accepted via USPS and can be mailed to:
Root Division, Attn: Submissions, 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: Thursday, November 30th at 11:59 pm

Artists will be notified about inclusion by December 15th, 2017.

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