July 18th, 2008 – September 12th, 2008

ONLINE APPLICATION: https://db.proartsgallery.org/oag/bac_08.php


September 12th, 2008

September 12 -19, 2008

September 26-28

October 15- November 22, 2008

October 16, 5-8pm

November 20, 6-8pm

JUROR: Aimee Reed
Aimee Reed earned her M.A. in art history at San Francisco State University, focusing on spatial theory and the previously marginalized artist. She has worked with a variety of artists and curators including LeFalle Curatorial, The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX, Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and New York, and with the San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery and the International Center for the Arts. Currently she is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, as well as a contributing writer for Artweek Magazine and the website Open Door Contemporary Art Projects (www.odcap.com).

Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Artists who have exhibited at the gallery in 2007 are ineligible to apply. Artists must live or have a studio in one of the 9 Bay Area Counties.

Media Works in all media are acceptable. Works must have been completed within the last two years.

The schedule for studio visits is September 26th, 27th and 28th. Artists must be available (or arrange for a representative) at their studio for a visit during this time.

How do I apply?
The application can be accessed here: https://db.proartsgallery.org/oag/bac_08.php. You simply create an account, fill out an application and submit your images online. There is a $30 application fee. All standard entries must be submitted online. We will only accept works in new media by mail.

All Completed Entries Must Include:
1. Completed Entry Form
2. Up to 5 images
3. Image List
4. Artist Statement: The statement must be no longer than one page. Include your name and contact information on the top.
5. Entry Fee: $30.00 in the form of Visa or MC. New media entries can send a check or money order payable to: Oakland Art Gallery.


Prospectus for California History Walk at the Oakland Art Gallery

September 2008Artists are invited to create a single work about an experience or memory pertaining to California history. This memory can be personal or traditional/ collective, or evoke the “natural” history of the state.

A personal history can be of a particular place, a remembered event or a personal influence; a childhood field trip, or a more recent visit to a particular site or building. It does, however, need to be something demonstrably evocative of California.

A work based in traditional or collective memory might evoke a “historical” person, landmark or event.

Natural history includes events relating to any flora, fauna, fish or fowl, land or seascape that is California.

Why California? Why history? And why a memory of history?

California has often been invoked as the furthest frontier and the seedbed for the future of the country, for good or ill. It is undeniably a place that nourishes new ideas and trends. But California has as many histories as inhabitants– and few of those histories have been publicly explored.

History is based upon memory as much as fact—and on who has control of the historical narrative. This exhibition offers an opportunity for Californian artists to explore the relationship between their own recollections and experiences and public conceptions of the state’s past.

Memories of course can be investigated and substantiated as the artist see fit.

The work will be judged upon artistic integrity, poignancy and aesthetics, rather than on historical accuracy.

Already existing works can be submitted, (work no older than 3 years please) but this is primarily an invitation to create something new.

The Closing Event:

At the conclusion of the show there will be a closing event in which all artists will be required to participate. Through a “cakewalk,” works will be exchanged for either another piece of art or for a prize. The event will be interactive and non-submitting participants will be able to purchase a ticket to play.

Further details will be given out for participating artists.

“California History Walk”

Open: California
Jurors: Maria Porges, Jo Ford
Media: All except Performance, (Film / Video acceptance based upon willingness to supply media support)
Size: 3′ x 3′ (maximum)
Fee: none
Hand deliver: Sept 4 – Sept 6 (Thursday – Saturday) Thurs / Fri 12pm – 6p.m., Sat. 12-2p.m.
Pick-up of non-accepted work: Sept. 11 – Sept. 13 (Wednesday – Friday) Wed / Fri / Thurs 12p.m. -6 p.m., Sat. 12-2p.m.

Exhibition Dates:September 17 – Sept 27, 2008

Ways to Support OAG

Make a DonationOAG is a non-profit 501(c)3 gallery space, donations are tax deductible. Federal Tax Identification Number: 47-0853006. Help support us today!!

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Contact info:
Oakland Art Gallery
Serving the Oakland Arts Community since 2001
199 Kahn’s Alley (in the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza)
Oakland, CA 94612
Gallery Hours: Wed.- Fri. 11-5pm, Sat. 12-4pm
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