Open Call for Entries : October Gallery Exhibit


Entry Deadline: AUGUST 26


Bay Area artists are invited to submit up to 3 entries to our October Gallery exhibition, Annual “Artists Choice” 

All Bay Area artists are invited to submit their favorite works for consideration to be included in this prestigious annual exhibition. This show reflects the best of the best in The Bay.

JUROR:   Devon Bella, Independent Curator, Collection Advisor, and a founder of Kadist

FEES: Entry fee is $40 ($30 for SFWA Members) for up to 3 entries. SFWA Members will receive a discount code by email. 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.


SUBMISSIONS:  8/5 – 8/26/23
                           No work submitted outside of that period will be considered.
                           All submissions must be done online through our Smarter Entry portal.

NOTIFICATION*:   Email by Monday  9/4. 
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, September 29th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
                                   Saturday, September 30th from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

ART PICK-UP:     Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th, 11:30am – 3pm

EXHIBITION:      October 3 – November 10, 2023

RECEPTION:      Saturday, October 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm + Weekend of November 3rd-4th

WALL ART SIZE LIMIT:    Maximum width for show submissions is 40 inches INCLUDING FRAME or other hanging fixture(s).  *Contact the gallery to request a possible exception for the width limit. 


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


  • 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 

SPECIAL INSTALLATION: **For out-of-the-ordinary hanging designs, artists need to contact the gallery asap to inform us on hanging needs. 

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 posted 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 in as a category. 

2. For complex or special art processes: Use the ‘Notes’ section in the submission form to describe unusual or complex process, 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 of your accepted work in the Online Shop.  Please use the Notes section in the submission form to explain what you want online viewers to see.

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.