Ramp Gallery


On view now: Thalia Gochez | Hermanas de Sangre

The Ramp Gallery is an artist-driven exhibition space at SOMArts that is currently accepting applications for two or four-week long solo and group shows. An opportunity for entrepreneurial artists to ramp up their careers by exhibiting at one of San Francisco’s most dynamic hubs for art and community, the high-visibility location of The Ramp Gallery is adjacent to the main entrance of SOMArts and open to all local artists in the Bay Area.

SOMArts receives thousands of visitors of all ages and interests each month, providing valuable exposure for emerging and mid-career artists. Artists exhibiting in The Ramp have the opportunity to gain hands-on curatorial experience, to be supported by the SOMArts team in the self-production of an exhibition that includes installation planning and outreach, and to reach new audiences through SOMArts’ in-person attendance as well as its dynamic online community, which includes some of the most robust social networks of any arts organization of its size in the Bay Area. Previous Ramp Gallery exhibitions have received media attention from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, and other local and national publications.

One of the primary aims of The Ramp Gallery is to offer an equal-opportunity, accessible, and barrier-free space in support of artists with varying needs. Because this opportunity is intended for the local artist community, we ask that artists visit the space to orient themselves with The Ramp and with SOMArts.

Submission Guidelines
Information about submission guidelines may be picked up in the lobby during regular gallery hours. In order to make this opportunity accessible to the local arts community, artists are required to pick up the Ramp Gallery guidelines in person and familiarize themselves with The Ramp and with SOMArts before proposing a project. Artists may also sign up at the reception desk to receive the online application. Additionally, in order to give all artists a fair and timely chance to show their work, The Ramp Gallery schedules exhibitions three months in advance.

Consisting of two secure wall-mounted cases, this space is ideal for displaying two-dimensional artwork. The dimensions of the cases are 24.75” x 37” and 137” x 37”. Click here for examples of past shows in The Ramp gallery and to get a sense of the space. 

Artists are responsible for installing and de-installing their exhibitions and must provide an artist or curatorial statement three weeks in advance of the exhibition.

Ramp artists receive the following from SOMArts, its staff and volunteers:
– Two to four-week long solo or group exhibition
– SOMArts’ insurance to cover their art while it is on display
– Installation support
– A blog post by SOMArts staff about the artist(s) and exhibition to be archived in our growing list of featured artists in the Ramp
– Information packet in the lobby/gallery space
– Mention in SOMArts monthly newsletter and in social media streams
– A personal, candid audio interview available for listening in the gallery and online to help expand the accessibility of information available about the artist(s) and their work

For more information please email gallery@somarts.org.

Recent Ramp Gallery exhibitions include:
Thalia Gochez | Hermanas de Sangre
Chris Watts | PLAY
SoMapagmahal | Brown Joy
Rahmat A Balogun | The Color Within 
Andrea Nicolette Gonzales | Marked
Ozi Magaña | P.U.G.
Jenifer K Wofford | Remembrance and Resistance
Francis Calimlim | Re–Turn
Zerena Diaz | Visions of a Queer Future
Avé–Ameenah Long | Keep it Diasporic: Colombia 
Lidija Ristic | How My Garden Grows
Kristen Wong | Nothing You’ve Heard About Me Is True
Sunshine Velasco | The Unveiling: Spiritual Invocations of Queer Femmes of Color
Sean Anomie | Forms of Continuity
Bushmama Africa | Afro Space Galaxy
Sandra M. Ramirez Velez | I See You As Legendary: A Love Letter To Queer and Trans People of Color
Lillian Shanahan | Driving Meme Crazy
Nye’ Lyn Tho | Natural Heir
Elvira Dayel | In Search of Clarity
Alan Khum | Obscure Origins
Dom Jones | Blackbird
Emma Brown | From the Camera in My Pocket
Solis and Eddie Valentine | New Religion
Katie Dorame | Mission Lines
Dan Fenstermacher | Overcomming Challenges Daily
Meike Christine Gugel | Pacific Reflections
Izza Anwar | Belonging in Transition, Part Two
Taharka Chango | Renewal
Maegan Wynn | Labors in Obscurity
Tiny Painting Collective | Works from a Tiny Painting Collective
Jennifer Lugris | Finished Unfinished
Danja | Patchwork
Rtystk | Kiss My Black Arts
Jose Antonio Galloso | Respeto
Corey Addison Brown | Carving Out My Queer Ancestry
Faye Lacanilao | Third World for Black Power
Mark Harris | Night Season
Sophia Ahmed Sattar  | Fragrant Script
Vortok | Acele işe şeytan karışır
Elia Vargas | Video Walk #5; A Hidden Place
Norman Moore | Branching & Hatching
Multiple artists, curated by Crystal Azul| Selfies on our Own Terms
Patrick Wilson | Along the Fence
Shelley Monahan | In The Cloud
J. Astra Brinkmann | Pieces of the Excelsior
Zemartas Budrys | Final Zoning
Kiernan Dunn | Feral
Jack Leamy | AnonOMus
Ethel Mays | Knife Strokes
Michele M. King | After Dark
Jessica Eastburn | Bitter/Sweet
Li Westerlund | Into the Night
Jon Gourley | Re:MKE
Deirdre Weinberg | RANTS
Jesse Eisenhardt | 365 x 2012
Hilde Lynn and Quintessa Matranga | The Starlight Lounge
Kerry Laitala | Saint Elmo’s Fire
Cathy Lu | Girls Playing
Bryan Hewitt | Temples of Light
Malik Seneferu  | From the Hill and Beyond
Moholy Ground Magazine | Special Edition
Meryl Pataky | Life Cycles and Cosmic Death
Michael Gaughan | April Fools for Life
Camilla Kardel | Decay and Development From the Rooftop of the World
Kevn Tijerina  | Fur Your Viewing Pleasure or Furtography
Elliott C. Nathan | San Francisco on Ham
Evan Reiser | Cortés and Moctezuma
John Steck, Jr. | Lament
Michelle Sakhai | Awakening
Maria Nunez & Josh Hamilton | ANTIGONA
Jennifer and David Nicholson | Memento mori
Heidi Lubin | Liminalscape Study: SOMArts + Environs
API Legal Outreach Youth Advisory Council | Violence In the Community Through Our Eyes
Yelena Sophia | Moments, XX’s Collection
Claudia Marquez | black and white portraiture
Julianne Quimby | The Preservation of Summer
Neil Rivas (Clavo) | Illegal Superheroes
Bobby Coleman | Piecing It Together
Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger of STADIUM | “Awards Presentation”
Jesus Landin Torres III | Manifesting the Soul
Alex Wang | The Fire Escape Series
Kenny Kong | Fortune and Funk
Dalia Anani | Preoccupied Series
Jack Leamy | Asphalt Meditation
Nolan Jones | Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance
Ray Anthony Barrett | Nobody Knows But Me
Elizabeth Axtman | The Love Renegade #308: I Love You Keith Bardwell (Phase 1)
Robert Gomez | Ciudad Juárez, Mexico 2010: 3085 Murders, 1 Tarahumara Ladies
William R. Way | Twelve Shots of the Tenderloin
Christine Elfman | The Record of an Anthotype Dress