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Exhibition Opportunity at Kala Gallery

Application Deadline: September 11, 2015

Kala Gallery announces Voices a call for entries exhibition open to artists working in all media. Voices seeks work by artists who explore the idea and action of making sounds from a wide range of perspectives.

The voice consists of sounds and non-sounds including talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc. It is an act of self-expression, communications and story telling, and a part of our cultural identity. The exhibition Voices examines the human body as a memory chamber and musical instrument; voice as expression of political conflicts and rhythm of nature; immersion in sonic landscape; and more. Work will be selected by Mayumi Hamanaka, Kala’s Gallery Manager.

Application Guidelines, eligibility requirements and other details

Gallery Location: Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA 94702

Exhibition Dates: October 22 – December 5, 2015

Application Deadline: September 11, 2015

Eligibility: Open to artists working in all media.

Submissions: Artists may submit up to five images of work created in any media. Only submit images of work available for the exhibition. Work previously presented at Kala Gallery is not eligible.

Application fee: $35 or Join the Friends of Kala Membership Program and the fee is waived

Shipping and Delivery:
Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of selected artwork. All accepted work must be received by Kala Gallery by October 10, 2015. Kala will accept artwork shipped by Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS, but cannot provide funds for the transportation of artwork. Please label all packing materials with your name. Shipped work should arrive in a reusable container with return postage or prepaid shipping documents and correct return labeling. Hand-delivered artwork may be dropped off October 7-9, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Insurance: Artwork is insured while on site at Kala.

Submit the following items to Kala Art Institute & Gallery through Slideroom: kala.slideroom.com

Artist Statement (maximum 2000 characters - app. 400 words).

Artist CV

Installation Requirements

Work Samples
5 images and/or video samples
(see specifications on the online application for guidelines)

Application fee: $35 or join Friends of Kala Membership Program at the Artist/Student level ($45) and waive the application fee, along with receiving all other membership benefits, including 10% off of workshops, classes and art purchases. For more information and to apply for the call-for-entry while joining Friends of Kala, contact Ellen Lake in the Kala Development Department at ellen@kala.org or 510-841-7000, ext. 204. Please do not use Slideroom for this process. You will receive information how to submit your application materials.

Online application form: kala.slideroom.com

For questions about Voices and the online application guidelines, e-mail Mayumi Hamanaka at mayumi@kala.org

Selected artists will be announced at WWW.KALA.ORG on September 25, 2015.


Berkeley Civic Center Exhibition 2015/16

The Civic Center Art Exhibition is the City of Berkeley's opportunity to celebrate the richness of artistic production within its community. The annual exhibition is produced through a collaborative effort by Berkeley Art Center, Kala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. The works of approximately 30 artists will be selected by a jury for exhibition in the Berkeley Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. The work will be distributed throughout publicly accessible areas on six floors. Selected artworks will be displayed for approximately one year, through the middle of 2016.

All selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium.

Media: All 2-D media and 3-D media in compliance with size, presentation and weight restrictions.

Open to all artists living and/or working in the City of Berkeley. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE TO PARTICIPATE!

Application Deadline:
Monday, August 10, 2015 by 8:00 pm. Entries must be uploaded to Slideroom.

How to Submit:
Submit entries via Slideroom at https://berkeleyart.slideroom.com/. You may submit up to 5 images. For best quality viewing please submit images in the highest resolution possible (150-300 ppi), up to 5mb and in .jpg, .png or .gif format.

Specifications and Limitations:
- All work must be created within the last 5 years
- Artist must be living or working within the Berkeley city limits at time of entry to be considered
- Accepted 2-D work must be professionally framed (if applicable) and ready to hang. Colored mats are discouraged. Artists must provide own pedestal and vitrine for accepted 3-D work, if applicable.
- 3-D work that is wall-mounted must be light-to-medium weight
- Minimum size of work is 8” if the works are in a series. Most spaces will accommodate work approximately 22” x 30”. Maximum size of wall space is 8’ x 10’. Free-standing sculpture must be no larger than 24” x 24” x 60.”
- The work selected will be appropriate to a public space and a diverse audience. The work should be of the highest quality and reflect the aesthetic and cultural values of our unique community.
- Only 5 images per artist may be submitted, including collaborative works
- Work submitted must be available to be on loan for the entire year

When you apply to this Call for Artists you agree to allow the City of Berkeley to use the images and information submitted with this application for their review process, and also to promote the project, which may include use of the submitted images throughout the City of Berkeley, on the City of Berkeley website or on printed materials. You also agree that the work submitted is your own and does not infringe anyone’s copyright or ownership.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. The provisions of the Call for Artists are subject to change. The Civic Arts Commission reserves the right to reject any entry submitted to this Call for Artists.

An honorarium of $150 will be awarded to each artist selected for the exhibition.

Civic Arts Commission Guidelines
Artwork is selected on its aesthetic merits. Art will be chosen with appropriate regard for the nature of the space and the audience. This gallery addresses the viewer directly on the public right of way. Art must exhibit consideration for viewers’ sensitivities to violence, sexual expression and negative portrayals of diverse populations.

Selection Process
All applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for completeness, and screened by an open-peer Selection Panel. The Selection Panel may include arts professionals appointed by staff, Civic Arts Commissioners, and city staff.

Contact Information for inquires and/or mail:
The Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission of the City of Berkeley contracted with the Berkeley Art Center and Kala Art Institute, two Berkeley-based community non-profit arts organizations, to assist with this process: www.berkeleyartcenter.org and www.kala.org. Questions can be directed to Aimee Le Duc, Executive Director or Ann Trinca, Programs Manager at Berkeley Art Center, programs@berkeleyartcenter.org
510.644.6893, or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, 510 981-7533, mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us

This is a public art project of the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.

Estimated Timeline:
Entries due: Monday, August 10, 2015
Notification: by Friday, August 21, 2015
Delivery of Accepted Artwork: Monday, August 31, 9 am – 2 pm and Tuesday, September 1, 11 am – 5 pm, Redwood Room 6th Floor
Opening Reception: Early Fall (exact dates TBD)
Duration of Exhibition: September 2015 – May 2016 (exact dates TBD)