Point of No Return

2012 Entry-Fee-Free Juried Exhibition of Work by Northern California Artists

Point of No Return

Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

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

December 7 - 20, 2012

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.

Fatema Abdoolcarim
Shay Arick
Stacy Asher
Megan Atherton
Jordan Bickett
Nicolaus Chaffin
Takming Chuang
Katey Crews
Melissa Dickenson
J.R. Doty
Mary Fitzgerald
Bernadette Jiyong Frank
Joe Glasco
Daniel Green
Adrienne Heloise
Helga Hizer
Robert Howard
Kelly Lynn Jones
David Kim
Ian Kimmerly
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Lex Kosieradzki
Sarah Loomis
Lindsey Lyons
Darrin Martin
Anne McGuire
Erin Mitchell
Pamela Mooney
Mitsu Okubo
Michael Pauker
Byron Peters
Joshua Pieper
Tim Pinault
Andrea Roelandt
Andrew L. Rogers
Charlie Callahan and Cory Stafford
John Steck Jr.
Joseph Thomas
Chris Thorson
Alberto Toscano
Stephanie D. Wallace
Kyle H. Welch
Jacob Wick
Calder Yates
Jin Zhu

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 recent 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 director 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 contemporary 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 visiting 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.