Artist Call: Dia de los Muertos 2010

Day of the Dead

What: Dia de los Muertos 2010, Artist Call for Installation Work, Altars, and Flat Work
Theme: Honoring Revolution With Visions of Healing
When: Deadline for submissions is Sept 13
What else:
Artist information meeting is on August 24 at 6:30pm

This year’s Day of the Dead exhibit at SOMArts is titled Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing. It’s dedicated to the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution, to the recovery of the Gulf of Mexico, and to Maria de la Asuncion Lopez, the mother of Adrian Arias, a long-time Day of the Dead artist.

The title Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways. There are many issues to address that are currently affecting our lives – the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the death of Virginia Benavidez, reaction to the death of Oscar Grant, and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. We are looking for art and altars that can interpret these events and/or heal the wounds caused by these events/issues.

Curators René Yañez and Rio Yañez welcome back artists who have participated in the past and look forward to working with new ones. We are fortunate to continue working with our skilled production team of architect Nick Gomez, publicist Sally Douglas Arce, foreman Mike Dingle, executive director Lex Leifheit, facilities manager Ed Varga, and curators René and Rio Yañez. This year, our exhibit will open on October 8th, a full week earlier than usual to meet public demand for a longer exhibition.

We are also continuing our examination of the ways technology shapes how we celebrate Day of the Dead. Once again our flickr group enables us to accept digital photos online as offerings to those who people want to honor.  We will be printing or projecting them for display. The public can send their digital contributions to

We are looking for people to create traditional altars for the exhibit as well as those who can contribute work that reflects their own contemporary view and vision. Our deadline for submissions is Monday, September 13th, 2010. There will be an informational meeting for interested artists at SOMArts on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30 pm. We strongly suggest you attend, as we will be talking about the materials that will be used to structure the exhibit (to create the walls and walkways) and it will be an opportunity for you to meet your fellow artists. Please send us a written proposal for your piece as well as a sketch or illustration with accurate measurements by Monday, September 13. If you have never exhibited with us before please submit images of previous artworks and/or installations. Artists who have shown with us do not need to submit past work.

Questions:  Call 415-863-1414  ext. 104

Submissions and questions can be emailed to René and Please send submissions to both email addresses.

Alternately you can submit your proposal by mail to:

René Yañez
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Important Dates
August 24th: Artist informational meeting 6:30 pm.
September 13th: Deadline for submissions
September 26th: Begin Installation
October 7th: Installation Deadline
October 8th: Opening reception
November 6th:  Closing reception

Insurrection, Connection and Community through the Arts
SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) was founded in 1979 and operates the South of Market Cultural Center, one of four city-owned cultural facilities in San Francisco. SOMArts supports exhibitions, performances, classes and other collaborations that serve its mission: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.

Image credits: Photo by Rio Yañez. Model: Rachel-Anne Palacios. Makeup: David Tafolla