How to apply to be an artist in our gallery:
The first step is to visit the gallery and get a sense of what the place is like. Our focus is on locally made art and craft.
Then, if you think your artwork fits in, talk to the staff. We can then go over the details for applying.
We will need 5 -10 images of your current work, a bio and artists statement. We will not visit websites.
OPEN CALL: Seeking emerging artists with little to no exhibition experience
Abrams Claghorn Gallery is excited to announce a professional development course designed to mentor and prepare selected artists ahead of a summer exhibition debuting new works. 3 to 5 selected artists will work with industry professionals to develop their artist statements, curatorial skills, and create new work ahead of the exhibition open date.
Submit each of the following to gallery@AbramsClaghorn.com by March 10, 2019:
- A concept summary/proposal for your shared exhibition
- A portfolio of 5-10 images of recent work
- A brief biography
Fee upon selection: $500; collected fee will cover the cost of instructors hired to support selected artists’ professional development. One scholarship of $500 may be awarded, based on the needs of the selected artists. Abrams Claghorn Gallery will also work with the selected artists to help find grants to help cover materials and other costs of creating work for this exhibition.
Deadline for entries: March 12, 2019
Show opening date: July 1, 2019
Opening reception: July 13, 2019
Throughout the months before the show’s open date, selected artists will:
- Develop their body of work with feedback from panel of artists and Gallery professionals
- Attend studio visits with experienced professional artists
- Develop their artist statements
- Apply for artist grants with Gallery support to help fund further work
About the Gallery
Abrams Claghorn Gallery (Albany, CA) pairs a curated gallery space with a museum-style store. Abrams Claghorn Gallery has exhibited fine art and functional artworks created by diverse Bay Area artists since April 2015. The Gallery hosts workshops that invite community members to learn about and work alongside the artists showcased in our exhibitions.
About the Jurors
Elizabeth Addison– www.elizabethaddison.com
Elizabeth Addison is a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist, curator, and educator whose widely exhibited works are included in The California Endowment’s permanent collection and collected by numerous private and public collectors. Her primary media include experimental printmaking, installation, audio and digital media.
Pamela Blotner– www.pamelablotner.com
Pamela Blotner is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her Berkeley studio, she creates sculptures and drawings reflecting on humankind’s relationship to nature, animals, science, and calamity. Her early experiences as a sculptor/illustrator for the Houston Zoological Gardens, in Houston, Texas, and her later work with Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Art for Conservation and the Leatherback Trust set her course toward and continue to influence her aesthetic and practice. Her sculpture, drawings and installations have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Africaand throughout the United States.
Anne Wolf – www.studio-annewolf.com
Anne Wolf is a sculptor, installation, and community artist who works with fiber, cloth, clay, natural, and found materials. Her mixed-media sculptures and public, site-specific installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her community projects have included collaborations with the Emeryville Youth Arts Program, Zen Hospice Project, and the Center for Art and Public Life. She teaches at California College of the Arts in the Textiles program.
Natalie Mae Borges – www.nataliemaeborges.com
Natalie Mae Borges is a jeweler, glass artist, and painter. She began her glass education in Redding, California at Shasta College before continuing on to California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Natalie is currently the manager and workshop coordinator at Abrams Claghorn Gallery.
L. Herrada-Rios– www.lherr.com
L. Herrada-Rios (b. San Francisco, 1988) is a multidisciplinary artist and published photographer. L. uses her diverse training as well as her genuine enthusiasm for the world to capture life’s follies and everyday triumphs. L.is a founding member of Bay Area art collective, YS-800 Collective, contributing photographer to the street art publisher Endless Canvas, and a lead organizer for the Bay Area Queer Zine Fest.
Terms & Conditions
- Items shown in the summer show must be part of selected artists’ current body of
work, i.e. cannot have been shown previously in an exhibition and must have been
completed in the last two years.
- All items ultimately displayed must meet aesthetic and technical standards of the
Gallery and must receive final approval from the jurors.
Questions?Contact Robert Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org