Saturday, July 24, 2010

Call to Entry: Night/Light: Bay Area Photographers Take Aim After Dark San Francisco

Supporting Organizations: San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and PhotoAlliance
Exhibition: Night/Light

Exhibition Dates: September 16 – January 14, 2010

Location: SFAC Gallery, Art at City Hall

Submissions Due: August 14, 2010, 6pm

For more information: contact the SFAC Gallery at 415.554.6080 or


The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (SFAC Gallery) and PhotoAlliance invite you to submit images of your work to be considered for the exhibition Night/Light. The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall program began in 1996 with the goal of bringing artwork with a social conscience into the seat of government. Fourteen years later, Art at City Hall has matured into a premiere program for the exhibition of photography by local, national and international artists.


We are inviting submissions of works that explore what happens when the sun goes down. Nighttime images of interest will range from landscapes to portraits, from photo documentary essays to fantastical narratives. We’ll be looking for technical proficiency, creative innovation, and a wide variety of subject matter.

The City Hall ground floor exhibition space can accommodate up to 100 photographs. The jury will choose between three and ten images from each selected artist. Please do not submit less than three images. There will be no stipend for selected artists.

Please be conscious of the fact that the exhibition space at City Hall is a multi-use area that acts as a busy intersection for City employees, tourists, children and arts patrons. It is both a municipal cross roads and a place where individual concerns may be expressed. Please note that exhibited works will not be insured.


• Eligibility:

All living artists over the age of 18 who are residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to apply. All work should have been completed in the past five years.  (San Francisco Bay Area counties include: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties)

No entry fee required

• Medium:

All two-dimensional works using any photographic process including digital and/or analog are eligible for exhibition.

• Framing:

All chosen works should be delivered to the Gallery framed behind glass or plexi.

•    Delivery and Pick-up:

All selected artists need to be able to deliver and pick up their work from San Francisco City Hall on designated installation and de-installation dates. Works that need to be shipped will not be considered.

•    Please include a cover sheet with the following information:

Full name


Phone number

Email address

•    Portfolio:

Only digital submissions will be accepted. Submit three to ten images. Files should be on a CD in JPEG format. Image size should be no larger than 2MB or 8 inches in one dimension with a resolution of 150dpi.

Files should be titled: Lastname_Firstname_imagenumber.jpg

Please submit an accompanying inventory sheet with your name, title, date, medium and dimensions of each piece. You may also include a one page statement about the work and a one page bio.

•    Mail submissions to:

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

401 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA  94102

Attn: Night/Light Jury

No emailed submissions will be accepted. Hand delivered or mailed applications only.

•    Submissions Due:

Must be received by August 14, 2010 by 6pm. No late entries will be accepted under any circumstance.

•    Special Note: CDs will be returned only if a self-addressed stamped envelope with appropriate postage is submitted with entry.

Jurors for Night/Light:

Aimee Le Duc, Gallery Manager, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

Thom Sempere, Executive Director, PhotoAlliance
Tim Baskerville, Founder, The Nocturnes


August 14     Submissions due by 6pm

August 17     Jury panel meets to make decisions

August 18    Notify selected artists (emails or letters will be sent)

Sept. 2-4     Artists deliver artwork

Sept. 16    Opening reception at City Hall, 5:30 – 7:30pm

January 17    Artists pick-up artwork

Aimee  Le Duc
Gallery Manager

San Francisco Arts Commission
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
p: 415.554.6080
f:  415.554.6093

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