Call to Artists for Día de los Muertos 2014


Now in its 15th year, SOMArts’ Day of the Dead exhibition broke ground as one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Over the years, this group exhibition has brought together numerous and various perspectives to honor, remember and celebrate the dead. It has given voice to both Bay Area and international artists from a breadth of cultural backgrounds while connecting traditional altars and personal memories to contemporary installations, social and global issues.

This year’s theme “Visions at Twilight” is evocative of the loss of culture and people being felt in the Bay Area now—in this time of displacement our Day of the Dead exhibition focuses on the evictions of families, artists, cultural centers, and non-profit spaces, calling on artists to question and challenge the people and policies that are destroying the cultural fibers of the city and the Bay Area. At the same time, we acknowledge the cycle of life and death. We are also open to traditional altars honoring family and friends as well as installations that reflect your vision of Day of the Dead.

In celebrating Día de los Muertos this year we honor the dead, celebrate life, and build altars to the soul of the Bay Area. This year’s Día de los Muertos exhibition is dedicated to Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, and Holly Schneider.

What sets SOMArts’ Day of the Dead exhibition apart from other similarly themed exhibitions is a mixture of traditional altars and contemporary multimedia art installations. Visions at Twilight: Dia de los Muertos 2014 is an equally great opportunity to explore the strengths of tradition and to honor the dead by utilizing both traditional and contemporary art practices in the creation of your work.

There will be an informational meeting for interested artists at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. between 8th and 9th on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30pm–8:30pm. Attendance is strongly suggested as René and Rio Yañez will discuss the materials that will be used to structure the exhibit, and the meeting will be an opportunity to meet fellow artists.

Proposals must be received no later than 5pm on Monday, August 11th, 2014 to be considered. Click here to submit your proposal online. If you need technical assistance, please email Milda Vakarinaite at

Key Dates & Information:

First artist Meeting
Thursday, July 31, 6:30pm–8:30pm


Deadline for submissions. Click here to submit a proposal online
Monday, August 11, by 5pm


Artists notified of their application status
Thursday, August 21


Second Artist Meeting (required for participating artists)
Thursday, September 4, 6:30pm–8:30pm


Artists install
Saturday, October 4–Thursday, October 9, by 10pm


Opening Reception
Friday, October 10, 6–9pm


Closing Reception
Saturday, November 8, 6–9pm

Selected artists will be expected to maintain their installations and artworks. Please plan to make regular visits to SOMArts to make sure your installation is well-maintained and functioning. All involved with this exhibition take pride in the large attendance at special events and during gallery hours, and ask that artists help in ways big and small to assist with outreach and publicity. Please help spread the word about the exhibition so that our audience continues to grow and diversify. There are volunteer opportunities at related events, in assistance with educational programming related to the show, and print material distribution.