Hayes Valley Art Works Open Call

Hayes Valley Art Works Open Call

Present Ground

October 1 – November 5, 2016

Submissions Due: August 27, 2016
Subject: Outdoor Exhibition Opportunity in SF | Hayes Valley Art Works | Call for Artists

Friends & colleagues –
Hayes Valley Art Works (HVAW) seeks submissions of new or existing work for our upcoming juried show, Present Ground.  HVAW is excited to announce that it will be curated by a guest curator, Samantha Reynolds. Present Ground will be on view from Saturday October 1 – November 5, 2016.


The physical site of HVAW has had multiple histories and roles. With the removal of the central freeway in the late 1990s and remodel of Octavia Boulevard within the last decade, the site was left uninhabited. Designated currently by the city of San Francisco as a temporary art and community space, the site will next be turned into low-income housing in the coming years. Constantly evolving, the narrative of the site continues.
If this ground could speak, what would it say? Would it be wounded? Rejuvenated? The intention of Present Ground is to call attention the unending, evolving nature and impact of the physical site as it moves into the future and as a recognition of the repurposing of space that has created multiple stories, histories and narratives left imprinted in the dirt. This open call is looking for work that can directly respond to the site at its present moment in time.


The submission deadline is midnight Saturday, August 27: https://hayesvalleyartworks.submittable.com/submit/63085
Please forward this call for submissions to friends who might be a good fit! This is an excellent public installation opportunity for those looking to exhibit their work within the city.


The guest curator, Samantha Reynolds, is an emerging curator working and living in the Bay Area. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she worked on a number of solo projects to curate public spaces while receiving her master’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Arts Administration & Policy. During this time, Reynolds worked as the Curatorial Fellow at Hyde Park Art Center where she curated and organized the public programming for a number of exhibitions and residency projects. Directly following this position, she then worked as the Interim Residency Manager. Her curatorial practice focuses on experimental and emerging artist practices. Reynolds currently works at Pro Arts in Oakland as the Gallery Manager.

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