3175 17th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

Open Call For Submissions:
Curated by Sarah Hirneisen & Kija Lucas
Exhibition Dates: July 11-28, 2012
Deadline for submission: Monday, April 30, 2012

Root Division invites artists working in all genres to submit work for an exhibition, catalog, and/or storytelling event called re:Told

re:Told is an artist-curated project focusing upon artworks that look to the past to make sense of the present through visual storytelling. Participants in this three-part project examine identity by re-contextualizing personal, familial, and cultural histories in a contemporary context. By unraveling passed down stories and intertwining personal experience, a new narrative is created.

re:Told will have three components:
A visual art exhibition;
A published catalog that will be launched at the exhibit;
A storytelling event at the close of the exhibition.

Artists, writers, and performers are invited to submit work for inclusion in any or all aspects of the exhibit.

Works considered for re:Told can be presented in any media, and any works that provoke an examination of this concept on the part of viewers of the exhibition will be considered. The focus is on works that have some narrative element, that examine family history or cultural identity, and/or draw elements from the past into a contemporary dialogue.

Curators will be selecting from the pool of applicants to participate in one or more of the project’s components: exhibition, and/or storytelling event, and/or catalog. While no performers or writers have yet to be selected, the call for visual art entries is meant to complement a proposed group of these 12 artists, including the curators’ work:

Natalia Ancisco
Mara Baldwin
Jennifer Brandon
Joey Castor
Mercedes Dorame
Caleb Duarte
Christine Elfman
Dan Farnum
Sarah Hirneisen
Mildred Howard
Kija Lucas
Brooke Westfall

*Final selection of artworks will occur AFTER the submission process is complete, and all artists will be given equal consideration for representation in the final exhibition.

Deadline for submission: Monday, April 30, 2012
Checklist of application materials:

• Artist resume (1-2 pages max)
• Artist Statement about how your work fits the theme (1 page, 250 word max)
• Work samples:
For visual and performing artists, please submit:
• 4 images (jpegs: 72 dpi, 600x800 pixels max) (digital only);
AND/OR a Vimeo, YouTube or other web link for video. (Our preference is online submission, but if you are submitting a CD/DVD, make sure it is a Mac compatible 3-minute video clip.
• Please name files with your last name, first name, and image # (i.e. Smith, John_01)
• Performers/ artist proposals, please also include a brief description of the piece you are proposing in addition to your work samples.
For writers, please submit:
• A writing sample (500 words max)
• Contact & Work Sample Info: 1 page including contact info (name, address, email, phone, website) & corresponding information on each sample submitted (title, year, materials, dimensions)
• $10 e-payment via our website: http://www.rootdivision.org/call_retold.html)
or a check/money order made payable to Root Division.
• SASE (for return of materials if desired)

Deadline for submission: Monday, April 30th 2012

Email submissions can be sent to [email protected]. (Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by April 30th for the email submission to be considered.)
Submissions will also be accepted via USPS & can be mailed to: Root Division, Attn: re:Told, 3175 17th Street, SF, CA 94110. 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.

Please call 415.863.7668 or email [email protected] with any questions.

** Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by May 18th 2012 via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show, catalog, and/or storytelling event. The curators will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work for submission is strongly suggested. **

Added by rootdivision on March 16, 2012

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