Exhibit Dates: August 5 – September 5, 2020
Entry Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2020, 10 pm Pacific Time Zone
GearBox Gallery invites submissions to our 2020 juried exhibition, Sanctuary. Originally, sanctuaries were natural locations, such as groves or hills where the divine or sacred was believed to be especially present By the use of such places as a haven, the term has come to be used as a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter, as refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger, typically used by displaced persons, refugees, and homeless people. This theme extends to what it means to have a home or a place of safety and what it means to not have one, issues we are currently facing globally, nationally, and in Oakland and the Bay Area.
Juror rené de Guzman is the Director of Exhibition Strategy and Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Before joining OMCA in 2007, de Guzman was Director of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a contemporary art center in San Francisco. Past exhibitions include Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Dan Clowes, Question Bridge: Black Males, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, and RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style and Wisdom, among others. De Guzman’s next projects on the legacy of Angela Davis opens in spring 2021.
Open to artists in Northern California. Please note, accepted artwork must be hand delivered to Gearbox Gallery in Oakland.
Awards include future exhibition opportunities.
Past Juried Show Winners:
Elizabeth Bennett: Juror’s award for Art + Movement in 2019, juror Maria Porges
Pat Sonnino was 2018 winner from Walking the Line, juror Drew Bennett
Leslie Plato Smith was winner for Wild Mind, juror George Lawson