CALL FOR ART: Future Tense, What Has (Not) Happened (Yet)

The Drawing Room & Curated State present: A CALL FOR ART
What Has (Not) Happened (Yet) 
DEADLINE for submissions: October 17th
NOTIFICATIONS and access to sign up for install times: October 20th
INSTALLATION/ART DROP OFF begins October 21st-26th (details below)
OPENING DAY: October 30th (see below)
ELIGIBILITY: SF Based artists - living and/or working or deeply rooted in SF. We realize many artists have been forced to leave but don’t want to exclude them. 
SUBMISSION FEE: $10 (fee waiver available) 
Please direct all QUESTIONS to
Submission Form: 

Future Tense Artist Submission

In the true spirit of a “Pop Up”, the Drawing Room has been given unexpected extended access to the Annex space on Mission street. Like most things these days in this surreal COVID world, access to space has been an unusual situation for artists and makers. The Annex closed officially in July, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, the opportunity to continue using the space has been extended. For how long, we are not certain, but we do know that we will have access at least though November 5th. For now, The Annex is ALIVE, allowing us to seize this unexpected opportunity to host another group exhibition that could last only a couple of weeks or possibly through November.  We’re trying to live with and respond to this uncertainty, and we hope this call speaks to those artists that will be able to do the same.  
The Drawing Room, in conjunction with Curated State, is hosting this open call to local, SF based artists for works directly related to the theme FUTURE TENSE: What Has (Not) Happened (Yet).  The theme is not just about right now but rather about how right now will impact the days after the election. As we look to the coming weeks and months, we don’t know what the future holds or how it will impact and solidify our connections with race, social and environment in/equities, education, healthcare, COVID and in essence our FREEDOMS.  Artists are invited to submit works or proposals for site specific works that address one’s place as an artist in this here and now. What matters to you most as an artist and touchstone to your communities and as an advocate for their sustainability? Help us fill this empty space with engaging, provocative, and relevant works of art -- bridging communities, sharing stories, and finding unity as we fight for our rights!
Since this exhibition will open to the public October 30th, time is of the essence! We realize it may be difficult for artists to create new work, so work created within the past 6 months will be accepted. Submitted works should be a response to the plethora of disasters that have emerged and been exacerbated by the failure of our national leadership and/or divisions in our communities. Additionally, new work proposed should revolve around this theme. This call for art is a reaction to what is on your mind - use your power as an artist and a place to say it and be heard. The theme is intentionally broad and designed to encourage you to share your voice - through any media desired. 
This exhibit will be accessible, free, and open to the public until at least the first week in November (hopefully longer) and is being hosted by The Drawing Room and co-curated by Curated State.  Given the Annex’s central and accessible location, the desperate need for art and experiential events, and the power of word of mouth we expect the exposure to this exhibition to be far reaching. We encourage all SF based artists, and collaborators, and collectives to submit work.

We are asking for submissions in three main categories (up to 1 entry in EACH category per artist):

  1. 2D and 3D works. The Annex is a 2600 square foot space that is deep with 25’ high ceilings. We encourage artists to think about murals or related works for the walls within and floorspace within. We also encourage works that were created and relevant during SIP, that may be in series that need wall space. Please submit a proposal for one piece, with accompanying images - up to 5 total. 

  1. Projection-based videos that will be projected onto the wall adjacent to the door and front of The Annex. The wall is visible from the street and sidewalk and through the windows at night. This projection wall will be activated at night when the lights in the main space are low. During the day, the projector will be relocated to the back of the space where there is less light and daytime visitors will be able to view it. This call invites artists to think about projection as it relates to the subject matter, location, and the impact of being seen at night. These projections will play from 7pm-1am on the wall adjacent to the front windows. With Daylight Savings approaching and darkness settling in sooner, this gives artists an opportunity to seize a different audience. 

Video parameters: We are limiting each clip to 3 mins total. All video must be in a 16:9 format, landscape, mp4 1280×720 or 1920×1080.  Videos must include: title page with artist name and title of work, and full credits at the end including title, name of creator, year of production, copyright.  For submission consideration, videos should be uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube with links provided.  We use Google Drive and Dropbox for file sharing in the case of work acceptance. 

  1. The Annex’s Storefront Windows and DJ Booth The windows have the capacity to have 2D works affixed to the panes or as a shallow, retail-like display. Site specificity or rotating installations will be based on applications. The booth is a small 4’wide x 6’deep room with an open ceiling that will exhibit one site specific installation. Artist teams and collaborators may apply to fully transform the retail window space and the DJ Booth. 

Access to see The Annex, is available Thurs-Sat 12-4pm by appointment here. We encourage artists to drive or walk by the space before applying, especially if you are proposing work for the projection or site specific portions, to get a sense of the space, audience, location, and potential exposure prior to applying. The floor plan is attached.  
This is a juried show, and though we hope to show as many artists as possible, due to layout and space limitations, selections will be based on the quality of the work proposed and presented. 
The exhibition will open October 30th for as long as we have access to the space. Artists must be willing to take the work down prior to November 7th but also available to leave it up through the November 27th - we just don’t know which one until the public hearing on November 5th. Artists will have safe access to the space for installation, mural painting, or to drop off ready to install work between October 21st-26th. Along with confirmation, we will coordinate with artists for a schedule of COVID-safe drop-off and installation times during those days. This is a limited window for installing, so please keep in mind how best to prepare the work. 
Sales of Artwork:
If you intend to have your creation up for sale, please specify that in your proposal, including the price. The Drawing Room's commission will be 40% of all sales processed through our gallery. 
Submission Fee: $10 
Payable via Venmo: @drawingroomsf
Or snail mail payment to: 3260 23rd Street. SF 94110
These are difficult times for so many. The Annex and The Drawing Room are artist-run spaces. The submission fee is simply to cover the cost of using the Annex, utilities, insurance, marketing and PPE necessities to allow the space to be open to the public. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID, wildfires, unemployment, etc., please make sure to check the “waive fee” box on the Submission Form as we do not want this to be a barrier to entry for anyone. Whether you can afford the fee does not affect the jury selection. 
COVID Protocols:
We will require all artists and visitors to The Annex to wear masks, and will provide one if necessary, as well as having hand sanitizer accessible. This will be a TOUCH FREE exhibition - please keep that in mind as well as we do not want people touching or putting their faces near the works.  We will only allow a limited number of people to enter the space at the same time during open hours and will offer private access and tours via appointments. During the exhibition, we will host a number of virtual interviews with artists and community members.
 It is our hope to bridge the inside/outside use of the space through the windows and large projection wall to share work by our local artist community that is about this time, now and going forward. This is a unique opportunity and an extraordinary time - we look forward to seeing what you have to share! 
Submission Form:   

Future Tense Artist Submission