To download the Call for Entry guidelines and forms please click on the link to the right.

Point of No Return
Southern Exposure's Juried Exhibition of Work by Northern California Artists
Juror: Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Accepted artists will be notified by 10:00 pm on Sunday evening, December 2, 2012.
ONLY accepted artists will be notified by this date. Don't call us. We'll call you!

Monday, December 3, 2012, 12:00 – 8:00 pm. Work left after the pick-up day will be charged $5 per day storage fee.

Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 7 - 20, 2012

Southern Exposure seeks submissions of artwork by Northern California artists for our Entry Fee-Free Juried Exhibition!

Southern Exposure invites visual artists to submit work for the 2012 Juried Exhibition, Point of No Return. The forward-looking theme is left open to the artists’ interpretation to encourage work that is conceptually and aesthetically diverse, drawing from many perspectives, insights and forms of creativity. In keeping with the theme, Point of No Return, SoEx encourages submissions by artists who are singularly invested in their practice, who have no intention of returning, who are, in a sense, defiantly themselves.

Unlike many open calls for work that charge a submission fee, Southern Exposure's juried exhibition does not require artists to pay to enter their work. The exhibition is open to any artist living in Northern California north of King City and south of the Oregon border.

Visual artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be aware of Southern Exposure's mission and our commitment to supporting a broad range of innovative, risk-taking contemporary visual art practices.



Open to artists living in Northern California, north of King City and south of the Oregon border. Artists and other instiga- tors working in all media and formats are encouraged to apply. Work selected for this exhibition will exemplify Southern Exposure’s mis- sion and our commitment to supporting new, innovative, risk-taking, contemporary visual art practices.

SoEx accepts only ONE work per person. Work must be new or have been completed within the current year. All media will be ac- cepted for jurying including installation, social practice, perfor- mance, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, audio, video, film, and more. Dimensions of gallery-based work may not exceed 6’ x 6’ x 6’ and 100 lbs. Actual objects must be sub- mitted and ready to install. Assembly of artwork during the drop-off days is strictly prohibited. See additional instructions below.

For film and video based work, please submit no more than ONE work to be considered. We will view up to five minutes of your work, so please include an edited excerpt of up to five minutes or indicate where the juror should begin viewing your work if it is longer. Artists must submit their work on DVD for jurying. If work is accepted, the work must be available for presentation in a variety of formats.

For installation, performance, social practice, site-specific, and web-based work, web-based work, please submit no more than a ONE-page description of the proposed project, how you intend for it to be presented at SoEx and up to two visual support materials such as a schematic, prototype, drawing or image.

Size limitations are not applicable for media, performance, and web-based works. Download a SoEx floorplan at

You must submit two entry forms with your work. The forms are available in the pdf version of the CFE, which you can download here or by clicking on the attachment to the right.

Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

Hesse McGraw is Chief Curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Under McGraw’s leadership, the exhibition program at the Bemis Center functions as a laboratory for artists and currently focuses on site-specific, immersive, cross-disciplinary, and socially-engaged commissions. The Bemis Center’s current and re- cent projects include artists Michael Jones McKean, Theaster Gates and Leslie Shows. McGraw’s recent awards and grants include an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, an inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, an NEA Our Town grant, and a Harpo Foundation Grant.

Prior to joining the Bemis Center in 2008, he was associate direc- tor at Max Protetch gallery in New York City. From 2002 through 2005 he served as the founding director and curator of Paragraph, a Charlotte Street Foundation initiative in Kansas City, Missouri. He also served as the senior editor of Review, a Kansas City-based con- temporary art magazine. McGraw holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and completed graduate research at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He lectures widely and is a frequent visit- ing curator and critic for art and architecture programs throughout the United States. His writing is regularly published internationally in exhibition catalogues and arts and culture publications. In 2011 he was a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute.

Provided by the Fleishhacker Family Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Generous support for Southern Exposure’s programs is provided by the Columbia Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundations and The James Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Graue Family Foundation, the L.E.A.W Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nelson Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the San Francisco Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and SoEx’s Members and supporters.

For more information or questions about the juried show please contact Southern Exposure at 415-863-2141 or [email protected].


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