The TIDES OF CHANGE is a San Francisco-based call for art inviting local SF Bay area artists to submit works relevant to the overarching theme of CLIMATE CHANGE. We are seeking works from local artists that reflect upon the histories and progression of our warming planet, the impacts on life due to temperature and sea level rise, and the current calls for action right now. Artists around the world are making concerted efforts to go beyond creating awareness and directing their focus on creating change. At the recent UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, artists came out in full force to express their visions, frustrations and appeals for urgent climate action. On a global scale these voices are loud, but not loud enough. It is up to local communities and activists to build upon these calls for action to step up and create change. 

Author bell hooks reminds us that “...The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible.”  We are asking artists to think about the following questions: What is possible? What are our paths forward? How have you, as an artist, been impacted by climate change or how have you impacted climate change? How can your work and art communicate awareness and the specific needs for change? What is/are your call/s to action? 

This exhibition hopes to expand on the impacts of environmental injustice and its reach and relation to our humanity, in regards to gender, race and geography, and urban and industrial development.  Climate change is not only about the impact on humans, but their role in the problems and the solutions. Art can impress upon us and appeal to our senses in a way that data and graphs often fail to. We are asking artists to bring works that will create an impression and create impact. All media will be considered. 

Artists may submit ONE piece for this exhibition. Due to space limitations we want to share as many voices as possible. Artworks will be considered that are NO LARGER than 30" wide x 100" tall.

All 2D works must be ready to hang with wire/mounting hardware. Works requiring specific installation requirements will need to be installed by the artist them self and will happen after all works have arrived on site and are placed for install. If your piece needs power or any special equipment, please include them at them in the next question. Technology: All devices, cords and cables provided by artist. There may or may not be wifi, so all digital artworks must be be played through locally saved file on a device you artist provides.

The Drawing Room Gallery will host this exhibition on site, and possibly in another location in SF as well, depending on the responses received. Artists will be notified within 1 week after the deadline as to where their work will be exhibited. 

Artists must live/work in one of the following Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara, Contra Costa. 



Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 26, 2022

Artwork submission: January 3, 2022

Artists notifications: January 10, 2022

Artwork Delivery: January 12-15th. 

Exhibition Opening Reception: January 22, 2022. Time TBD

Closing Reception: February 26, 2022. Time TBD

Artist Talks: TBD

Location: The Drawing Room Gallery (3260 23rd Street) and add’l site TBD

A $10-20 sliding scale submission fee is asked to help off-set production costs and to keep the events free to the public. If this fee will create financial distress, please check the waiver box and don’t look back.  Grants and direct fundraising efforts are currently being solicited for logistical costs as  well. Thank you for your support - however it may be. 

The exhibit will be co-curated by Courtney Norris of Curated State & Renée DeCarlo of The Drawing Room. Both women collaborated on the Women Rising and Future Tense shows at The Drawing Room Annex in 2020. Courtney has curated shows all over the Bay Area and most recently at Gamble+Design and Pacific Felt Factory.  She is also curating Tom Seligman’s upcoming Dec 2021 show at The Drawing Room, “Ink & Clay.” Renée is a studio artist and founder of tDR. 

The Drawing Room (tDR) is an artist-run project in which we provide opportunities for local artists and art students. Through a rotation of exhibitions, collaborations with curators and artists, an internship program with high school students and activating storefront space off-site, tDR is helping our community of local artists gain exposure, experience and growth. We are a fiscally sponsored 501c3, if you would like to support this project and the efforts being done, you can make a tax-free donation HERE

Downloadable prospectus: HERE