Call for Entry: “Bay Area Currents” at ProArts Oakland Gallery — Due: April 16, 2015

by admin on February 5, 2015

Entry Deadline: Thursday, April 16, midnight
Exhibition Dates: July 3 – August 7, 2015

Selections by Christina Linden, Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture, Oakland Museum of California


Online Artist Registration


Bay Area Currents offers a snapshot of the energetic and risk-taking work made in the Bay Area today, selected by a curator who has a clear knowledge of the region, and illustrated by a small number of key artists. Selection for Bay Area Currents is by a two stage review process. Preliminary jurying is online to determine artists for studio visits. The second review occurs during studio visits.

About the Juror:

Christina Linden began working as Associate Curator of Painting & Sculpture at the Oakland Museum of California in 2013 and has since led several projects, including a reinstallation of Beat and counterculture-era artworks in the Gallery of California Art, a presentation of archival material from Judy Chicago’s 1974 installation “A Butterfly for Oakland,” the dance and poetry event but what you want is far away, and an exhibition of work by photographer Marion Gray. Prior to her tenure at OMCA, Linden worked as an independent curator and writer based in Oakland with projects at SFMOMA, Kadist Art Foundation, the Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, and the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. She teaches as visiting graduate faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. Linden’s expertise is focused in social practice, public space, and art in the Bay Area. She holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from New York University.



Must reside/work within the Greater Bay Area. Final selections will be made based on studio visits. Artists or representatives must be available during the scheduled time.

Prepare Your Submission:

Work in all media accepted. Original work only that has not previously been exhibited at Pro Arts.
Submit up to five digital images of work (include caption information: title, year, media, dimensions)
Submit artist resume (max 8,000 characters)
Submit artist statement (max 4,000 characters)
Digital Images: Image files should be jpgs. For best results images should be sized to approximately 600 x 800 pixels, RGB color mode, and at a resolution of 72 dpi.
Media: Video, performance, internet, and sound-based work are considered via website URLs in online submission. Insert URL into the ‘media’ field of online system.
Resume and Statement Text: Please note, the resume and statement fields accept plain text only. Plain text is text without formatting. If needed, try cutting and pasting your text into a plain text editor like notepad or to convert it to plain text.


$25 basic entry fee + any additional submission fees + applicable membership. Basic entry fee includes up to 3 submissions, additional submissions are $5 each. No refunds.

Pro Arts offers volunteer waivers for current members. The fee waiver deadline is Tuesday, March 31. Contact Pro Arts for details and get a head start by completing our Volunteer Intake Form.
Deadine for Submission: Thursday, April 16, midnight
Artist Notification: Friday, April 24
Studio Visits: Will be scheduled on either Saturday, May 2 or Saturday, May 9 -Dates Subject to Change-
Artwork Drop-Off Date: Saturday, June 27
Exhibition Dates: July 3 – August 7, 2015
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6-8pm
Artists’ Talk: First Friday, August 7, 6.30pm
Artwork Pick-Up Date: Saturday, August 8

For more information, please contact or 510-763-4361

Banner Image: Elizabeth Sims, Street Woman (III): detail of Camille Pissarro’s Rue de l’Épicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight), 1898 (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the Artist. Featured work Bay Area Currents 2014.

Online Artist Registration
1. Entry does not guarantee a studio visit or inclusion in the exhibition.
2. Late entries not accepted.
3. Selected artwork/s must be dropped off at Pro Arts during scheduled drop off date.
4. Selected artwork/s must be installation ready with appropriate hanging hardware and/or specialized equipment for media works.
5. Artist agrees that all work performed with Pro Arts will be performed with the care and skill ordinarily exercised by members of the profession practicing under similar conditions at a similar locality.
6. Pro Arts shall insure selected artwork against loss for duration of exhibition. Pro Arts limits liability for handling, installation, exhibition and de-installation.
7. Sales of work in the exhibition are encouraged. Artists receive 60% of the sale price for all work sold.
8. If artwork is damaged or unsuitable for display, it will be removed from the exhibition.
9. Artworks exhibited at Pro Arts are covered by Creative Commons license “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives”. Gallery visitors may take photographs of artworks with the stipulation that images are clearly credited to the creating artist and exhibition at Pro Arts; images may not be used commercially; and may not be changed, remixed, or modified in any way. Artist agrees to allow Pro Arts to photograph and reproduce images of artworks for publicity and educational purposes.
10. All unsold artworks must be picked up on the schedule day of de-installation. Anyone claiming artworks on behalf of the artist must make special arrangements with the gallery.
11. Late pick up policy: Pro Arts is not equipped to store unclaimed artworks. Artworks not picked up by last day of de-installation accrue a $10 penalty per day for a maximum of 5 business days. After 5 business days all unclaimed artworks are considered abandoned and may be sold to recoup penalties or donated to community partners.
12. Terms subject to change.