Inner Room – Call for Entries 2020

GearBox Gallery invites proposals for special exhibition in the Inner Room at GearBox. 
The Inner Room is an intimate space that features special exhibitions, installations or projects from time to time.

Submit your proposal!

Exhibit Dates: November 20—January 2, 2021
Entry Deadline: October 1, 2020, 10 pm Pacific Time Zone

Eligibility: Open to artists over the age of 18.

Work by the selected Artist will be exhibited 11/20 through 1/02, 2021. GearBox Gallery will provide a postcard featuring the installation, and will promote the exhibit along with our already scheduled show. A reception for the exhibit will be hosted concurrent with the reception for the featured exhibit that month (dependent on the corona virus pandemic).

The Artist will be selected from images & a written proposal submitted online, and will be juried by the Gearbox Inner Room Selection Committee. There is no theme. Selection will be based on the quality of the artwork, with special emphasis on how it relates to, enhances, transforms, or makes innovative use of the space. 

Please note, installation artists will be responsible for delivery and retrieval of work, as well as for any special installation procedures & equipment (video projector, etc.) that may be necessary. GearBox Gallery will provide help with installation and set-up, but the artist should expect to actively participate in the installation process.

The Inner Room is 8’ X 8’ X 8’. It has a “2-tone” linoleum floor & sheetrock walls & ceiling, with a small bank of lights. There are 2 elec. outlets on one wall, a single light switch on the opposite wall, & a doorway (with no door) to the main gallery space. Please refer to the photos below, download the floor plan here, and visit the gallery to view the space in person.

Entry fee: $25.00 fee. The fee can be paid by PayPal to, or by credit card, by clicking the button below. If the credit card option doesn’t display on your device, select guest check out to continue to credit card options.  Alternatively, mail checks to the GearBox Gallery at 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, 94612.

Entries: Please submit 3 images of work—either the work to be displayed, or previous work similar to your proposal. Also, please submit a concise written summary of your proposal (1000 words or less). You may include sketches or diagrams. All submissions should be submitted in either a PDF or Word file to

Last year’s winning proposal, Sandra Kelch’s Immaterial Cascade, showed at GearBox Gallery October 17 – November 16, 2019:

In 2018, Bachrun Lomele’s installation Burn Pile was the winning proposal, showing in the inner Room August 30 – October 6th:

detail of LED lights and words written on lumber installed in a pile