Open Call for Entries : April Gallery Exhibit

I AM! Identity

Entry Deadline: MARCH 2  6 PM

Show: APRIL 9 – MAY 3, 2024



We invite all Bay Area artists to select artwork revealing in your choice of subject, technique, or style, work that says “I AM.”   Our culture, family, and personal history shape our identity and inform our art, so each work reveals the artist.   As artists, we express through art our perceptions of the world.   We contribute to and become part of a uniquely human community.

All 2D and 3D media, and all artistic styles are welcome, except video.  

JUROR:  Ajuan Mance,  Artist, writer, illustrator, Professor of Ethnic Studies and English at Mills College.

FEES:  Entry fee is $40 ($30 for SFWA Members) for up to 3 entries.  Fees must be paid online at the time of submission. Fee payment does not guarantee that any/all artworks submitted for jurying will be included in this exhibition.


GALLERY COMMISSION: THE SFWA Gallery retains a 35% commission on all work sold.   All works must be for sale.


SUBMISSIONS:  2/10 – 3/2, 2024

                           NOTE: SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW DUE BY 6 PM
                           No work submitted outside of that period will be considered.
                           All submissions must be done online.

NOTIFICATION*:   Email by Friday, 3/11/24. 

If you do not see the email from SFWA, look in your spam folder.  If nothing shows, contact SFWA asap: 415-566-8550 or

ART DROP OFF:     Friday, APRIL 5th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
                                   Saturday, APRIL 6th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

ART PICK-UP:     MAY 3 & 4, Friday & Saturday, 11:30am – 3:00pm


RECEPTION:     Saturday, MAY 13th,  2:00 – 4:00 pm


Maximum width for submissions to this show is 50 inches including any frame. 

*Contact the gallery to request a possible exception.


  • All artwork must be ready to install with hanging wire. 
  • The wire should be attached approximately one-third of the way down from the top so that it is low enough to be hung without the hook showing above the frame, and just loose enough for the wire to be pulled over the wall hook.
  • Note: any work that requires special installation (e.g., some wood or metal prints) must have gallery approval in advance.
  • Please review the Hanging Instructions and the Wall Art Receiving Check List 


  • Standing sculpture must have a flat base & fit securely onto a 16×16″ pedestal base.
  • Bas-relief works need to be gallery-ready for installation
  • For free-standing sculpture, contact the gallery prior to submission 
  • Fragile or unstable pieces will not be accepted at Gallery Receiving

LIABILITY: SFWA cannot accept responsibility for damage incurred to art that is vulnerable or fragile (i.e. unprotected photographs; prints on metal, wood or acrylic; or other specialty art.)

PRICING: It is important to price your artwork appropriately; prices that are too high or too low impact the credibility of our gallery and the artist. There are many articles on pricing your art online.    ALL SUBMITTED WORK MUST BE FOR SALE.


Watermarks: SFWA discourages the placement of watermarks on image submissions. 

1. Once the Submission Deadline has passed, you will not be able to adjust artwork title, medium, or price by contacting SFWA. Give yourself time to think it through, or get advice, especially on the price, before the deadline. If your normal medium is not listed, please let us know and we will add it to the category list. 

2.  Use the ‘Notes’ section in the submission form to clarify unusual or complex processes, particular techniques, or materials used in your artwork. This aids the gallery staff in discussing and selling your work. MIXED MEDIA and ENCAUSTIC artworks, for example, may benefit from more description of their process.

3. Per 1 and 2 above, the title, size including frame, and description will be used for the posting your accepted work in the Online Shop.  Please use the Notes section in the submission form to explain what you want ONLINE viewers to know.

4. Acceptance by the juror does not guarantee acceptance by the gallery. Please be sure to read the Hanging Instructions and the Wall Art Receiving Check List  before bringing art to the gallery.