Open Call Apply by 31 May, 2019

Juried by Marcela Pardo Ariza, Susie Kantor and Ramekon O'Arwisters

Root Division invites artists working in all genres to submit work for their annual juried exhibition, Introductions 2019.

Each year, Root Division presents the work of 12 Bay Area artists in an exhibition and catalogue that is juried by three prominent arts professionals. The exhibition will take place September 11 - September 28, 2019 at Root Division.

The Introductions exhibition responds to the need to highlight artists without gallery representation in the Bay Area. Artists are selected through a highly competitive juror review process of typically over 150 submissions based on the conceptual and formal strength of the work. The resulting exhibition includes diverse range of media and subject matter featuring video, installation, sculpture, photography and painting.

The exhibition is one of the keystones of Root Division’s exhibition programming offering exposure to emerging artists and a chance for the public to view cutting edge local art production in the Bay Area.

2019 JURORS:

Marcela Pardo Ariza

Marcela Pardo Ariza (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist and curator that explores transhistorical and intergenerational kinship, alternate forms representations while celebrating the erroneous through constructed photography, prop-like objects and handmade bending frames and installations. Pardo Ariza holds an MFA from SFAI, works in the Civic Engagement department at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and is a current member of the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure.

Susie Kantor

Susie Kantor is the associate curator of visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her curatorial projects include Bay Area Now 8 (2018) (co-curated with Lucía Sanromán and Martin Strickland), Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder (2017) (co-curated with Lucía Sanromán), Won Ju Lim: Raycraft Is Dead (2015), Kevin Cooley: Golden Prospects (2015), and Work in Progress: Investigations South of Market (2015), and she served as the coordinating curator for the traveling exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2015).

Ramekon O'Arwisters

A San Francisco-based artist, Ramekon O’Arwisters is the founder of Crochet Jam, a community-arts project, infused with folk-art traditions that foster a creative culture of cooperative relationships. He also maintains a studio-art practice, in which he creates free-form sculpture entangle with broken ceramics and coils of crocheted fabric, uniting traditional craft and the fine arts. He held the position of curator of fine-art photography at SFO Museum (SFOM) for twelve years until his retirement in 2016.

Submission accepted until, Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm

Eligibility requirements:

▪ Artists must be living and/or working in one of 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. ▪ Artwork submitted for review (or work very similar in nature to that submitted) must be available for listed exhibition dates. ▪ Artists cannot have existing gallery representation in the Bay Area.

Application Materials:

Please submit the following materials in a single email to with the subject line "Introductions 2019_Last Name". Please limit attachment sizes to 10MB.

▪ 4 images (jpegs: 72dpi) AND/OR a link to 3-minute clip of video on Vimeo or other video platform. Please label each jpg as "Last Name.Image Number" i.e. "Cortez. Image 1" ▪ Artist CV (1-2 page max) ▪ Artist Statement (1 page max)

Online Application Form:

▪ Completed application form. ▪ Available at this link:

Application Payment:

▪ E-payment can be paid securely online at this link: ▪ Or by submitting a $20 check/money order made payable to Root Division ▪ Please note that the $20 fee must be on file by 05/31/2019 for the email submission to be considered.

Please call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.

** Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by July 22nd via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show. Representatives from Root Division will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work for submission is strongly suggested. **

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