OPEN CALL
MINE: WHAT IS OURS IN THE WAKE OF EXTRACTION

Exhibition Presented by SFAA

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We are seeking submissions by SFAI alumni for SF Artists Alumni’s 2nd Anniversary Exhibition, MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction. Curated by Patsy Craig, MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction will be a three-tiered exhibition with select works being curated in a physical exhibition at the Midway Gallery, select works being curated into an on-line platform exhibition, and all submitted works being shared in an inclusive Instagram Exhibit Platform. For the Midway Gallery, we encourage you to look at the photos of the space and how it has been used. Large Wall works, 2D or sculptural wall works are encouraged for the physical exhibition and with clear consideration of the limited liability/insurance. Select installation or sculpture works will be considered keeping in mind the floorplan and fragility of the media. Video/media works cannot be considered for the Midway Gallery.

We welcome submissions of all media, including video/media work, that can be showcased on-line for the curated on-line exhibition of this exhibition on SF Artists Alumni website. These works do not have to be available or for sale, but will be selected by the curator for this platform in light of the curatorial statement.

 

Deadline for submissions: APRIL 7, 2022

Exhibition: June 16th - July 18th, 2022

Opening Reception: June 16, 5-8pm, 2022

 
DESCRIPTION
 

MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction

 

ex·tract 

a) to draw forth (as by research);

b) to pull or take out forcibly;

c) to obtain by much effort from someone or something unwilling.

 

The Earth system has now entered the Anthropocene, a geological age in which plantation monocultures, pollution, and industrial-scale resource extraction are damaging or destroying vital ecological systems on which the planet and its biological diversity depend. Globally dominant modes of human existence are driving us towards ecological collapse. Due to our ethically untenable relationship to nature, the Earth System is in crisis. Moreover, large numbers of people who have done nothing to cause this crisis are most exposed to its consequences. Many come from cultural traditions that enrich and perpetuate healthy biodiversity as the means to ensure mutual flourishing. These Indigenous ‘wisdom traditions’ are widely recognised for their sustainable world views and sophisticated understanding of our interdependence within the Earth System.

 

From this perspective, MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction seeks to amplify Indigenous worldviews specifically as they pertain to land relationship and sustainability by presenting art works that render the impact of extractive industries on Indigenous communities. In this light, the artworks will also critique collectivist vs individualistic perspectives and practices of environmental stewardship.

 

MINE will present art works that relate to thematics surrounding resource extraction and Indigeneity by featuring a selection of artists working within these parameters from the diverse community that makes up the SFAA juxtaposed with works by Indigenous artists from the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon- an area heavily impacted by contamination from the illegal gold mining boom of the past 20 years there. The conceptual considerations of the exhibition will reference the impact of the Gold Rush (1848-1855) in the San Francisco Bay Area drawing parallels between these two distinct geographic locations. 

MINE aims to embrace a democratic and inclusive approach. 

 
ABOUT CURATOR
 

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Patsy Craig is a curator/producer, author/artist and an indigenous rights advocate. She has a background in fine arts and cultural studies, having received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the USA and an MRES from Birkbeck College, University of London in the UK. For more than 15 years she has been cultivating cross-cultural collaborations throughout Europe, India, USA, and Peru in the fields of art, music, architecture, urbanism, and environmentalism. This has included publications, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, workshops, etc. Patsy has received grants for her work from Arts Council England (UK), Cultures France/ Institut Francais, & BNP Paribas (France), Goethe Institut (Germany), Graham Foundation & Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (USA), the Ministry of Culture & the United States Embassy (Peru), etc.

Notably, she edited and published Making Art Work (Trolley, UK), a book exploring the relationship between ideas and making that later became an exhibition at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, UK; and with the support of the Graham Foundation (USA) she produced a book based on her research in Chandigarh, India about the impact of European modernist design on traditional Indian culture.

 

Five years ago, Patsy focused her attention on environmental issues and Indigeneity. Her experience in 2016 with the indigenous-led environmental movement at Standing Rock, North Dakota (USA) inspired her to learn more about Native American culture and in 2017 with the support of the Goethe Institut she researched in this regard. In 2018, she collaborated with University College London (UK) to develop a project called the Flourishing Diversity (FD) providing platforms for indigenous voices. FD was launched in June 2019 at Gallery 46 in London with “The Invisible Forest,” an exhibition Patsy curated to make visible issues of environmental justice through the work of renowned indigenous Peruvian Amazonian artists. In October 2019 “The Invisible Forest” exhibition was presented in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA at the Bioneers Conference and at Dharma College in Berkeley.

 

In January 2020 Patsy founded AWA Galería in Cusco, Peru with the opening exhibition “The Sacred Forest” currently on exhibit at Dharma College. AWA presents contemporary and traditional art focusing on Indigeneity, environment, ancestral knowledge, and decolonisation providing access to cultural traditions that recognise, enrich, and perpetuate healthy biodiversity as the means to ensure mutual flourishing. Currently Patsy is researching multiple aspects of Peruvian culture and developing various projects that amplify Indigenous world views drawing awareness to environmental issues in this regard.

 
ABOUT THE MIDWAY GALLERY
 

The Midway Gallery features emerging to mid-career artists working across disciplines and mediums with a mission to actively engage the public and push creative boundaries. immerse yourself in large-scale installations using emerging tech. Break bread with the minds behind our exhibitions during one of our culinary collaborations. Discover how visual, tactile, audible, and performance art can create an unforgettable experience. Re-think all of your senses.

 

The Midway Gallery is free and open to the public from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Private appointments can also be scheduled by emailing art@themidwaysf.com.

The Midway SF

900 Marin St. San Francisco, CA 94124

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
 

Submit your work per the submission requirements to exhibitions@sfartistsalumni.org. Please submit your works following the specifications below by MARCH 31, 2022.

Please download the submission form below:

APPLICATION CONTRACT

 

By submitting this application, artists agree that if their work is accepted they will abide by the criteria outlined in this Call for Entries, including the following provisions:
 

GENERAL GUIDELINES
All artwork displayed at the Midway Gallery shall be the original work of the artist(s). Pieces must fit easily through standard-sized doors (80” x 35”). All work must be clearly labeled with artist and artwork information. All work must be ready for display (dry, suitably framed with wires, or mounted with attached hardware). Artists are responsible for their installation costs and for providing their own specialty pedestals and/or hardware, as well as for arranging the delivery and pickup of the work at the scheduled dates and times. The work shall be on display for the entire duration of the exhibition dates. Under no circumstances will work be removed from the exhibition before 5 pm on the final day of the exhibition.

FROM CONTRACT

Installation: The artist will frame or prepare the artwork so that it is ready for installation.  All artwork must arrive at The Midway ready-to-hang.  Artwork should not be prepped for installation at The Midway.  Artwork damaged during installation and de-installation shall be the responsibility of the artist.  Artwork will be hung dependent on curatorial decisions made by Norah Crean (curator of The Midway Gallery).

TRANSPORTATION RESPONSIBILITIES
Packing and shipping charges, insurance costs, other handling expenses, and risk of loss or damage incurred in the delivery of Artworks from the Artist to The Gallery are the responsibility of the Artist. Packing and insurance costs, other handling expenses, and risk of loss or damage incurred in the delivery of Artworks from The Midway Gallery to the Artist, shall be the responsibility of The Midway.

LIABILITY
The Midway would limit damages paid to $500 for shows with pieces retailing (selling price to customers which includes gallery/sales %) over $1600 , $400 for pieces retailing $1200-$1599 , $300 for pieces $1000-$1199 and $200 for pieces below $1000.
*More insurance coverage is being sought.

RIGHT OF REFUSAL
Midway Gallery/SFAA reserves the right to refuse or remove from display any work it considers inconsistent with previously accepted or agreed-upon work. Midway Gallery/SFAA  also reserves the right to remove any work it deems inappropriate for the facility.

PUBLICITY
Midway Gallery will cover the costs of an email announcement to its email list. The gallery will provide the artist with an emailable announcement. The artists’ own exhibition announcements, press releases, publicity, and displays shall be consistent with the Midway Gallery 's standards and must be approved by the Executive Director or Program Manager prior to printing and distributing. Accepted artists should email to Midway Gallery their artist’s statement and bio/resume/CV for inclusion in an exhibition binder for in-person gallery visitors and for the virtual galleries.

PROMOTION
The Midway Gallery will publicize the Exhibition through its online emailing, Website, Facebook, and Instagram.  The Midway Gallery shall use its best efforts to promote the sale of the Artworks. The Gallery shall identify clearly all Artworks with the Artist's name, and the Artist's name shall be included on the bill of sale of each of the Artworks. Art related Promotions: Magazines, Newspapers, Specialized sites, blogs.  Artist will also create promotional flyers to help promote Exhibition and anniversary party via his social media. SFAA will also create promotional material for social media to help promote Exhibition.

PHOTOGRAPHIC RIGHTS
The Midway Gallery assumes that the artist retains the copyright for all works loaned to the Midway Gallery. The artist agrees to allow the Midway Gallery to reproduce the work for publicity, promotion, and archival purposes.

ARTIST RECEPTION
A reception may be held on the first night of the exhibition, based on current health circumstances. All food and beverages – if allowed  --  will be furnished by the Midway Gallery. The Midway Gallery will offer wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale at the reception. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

SALES
The Midway Gallery encourages sales. All artwork will be sold as exhibited. Sales tax will be collected. Purchased work shall remain on exhibit for the duration of the show. The Midway Gallery will collect a 40% commission on all artwork sold in the galleries. Artists are responsible for arranging for sold pieces to be picked up or delivered to the buyers.

DELIVERY, SHIPPING, & RETURN OF ACCEPTED ARTWORKS

These dates have been confirmed by the Midway Gallery but are subject to change 30 days prior to opening. Artists are responsible for arranging the delivery and pickup of the work in accordance with the following schedule:

Delivery Dates: June 11&12th 11am - 6pm

SFAA Installation- June 13-June 14 11am - 6pm Midway Gallery
Opening reception- Thursday, June 16 5pm - 8pm Midway Gallery
SFAI De-installation- Tuesday, July 19 10am - 3pm - Thursday, July 21 10am - 3pm Midway Gallery

 

Pick Up Dates: July 20-21st 10am - 3pm

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