SOMArts Cultural Center’s Commons Curatorial Residency Program nurtures a creative cultural environment in the Bay Area by providing space and support for exhibitions that take risks, promote cultural connectivity and learning, and instigate accessible, multifaceted participation in the arts. Selected artists and groups receive support consisting of a $3,000 grant, a month-long exhibition in the SOMArts Main Gallery, 80+ hours of technical assistance, and help with traditional and social media outreach to connect their work with new audiences. Through this support, Bay Area artists can engage the community, expand their practice and turn vision into reality.
SOMArts is requesting proposals for exhibitions in the Main Gallery for the 2014-15 season. This request is open to artists and independent curators presenting contemporary work in any medium.
Please read through all documents, including the FAQ and eligibility guidelines, carefully. ALL LETTERS OF INTENT MUST BE RECEIVED VIA ONLINE SUBMISSION BY 11:59PM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013. No late applications will be accepted, we strongly recommend submitting your proposal at least one week before the deadline.
The LOI stands as a preliminary view of the larger project and will be evaluated in consultation with an advisory panel of arts professionals, artists, and curators for full invitation. Full proposal submission is by invitation only.
SOMArts staff is available to answer questions during the scheduled meeting times below. Please review the following documents carefully before contacting staff with questions. Or view the application online: (the online application process will be opened on September 16, 2013)
The following downloadable documents are for informational purposes. Please refer to the Letter of Intent online application for application instructions: Floor Plan, Work Sample Disclaimer and Budget.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, October 2 at noon and Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm: Online Info Sessions
A virtual opportunity to talk directly to The Commons program organizers and ask any questions you might have about the application process.
RSVP is required. http://commonsinfo.eventbrite.com
Saturday, October 12 2013: Computer assistance available from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Sign-up required at least 48hrs in advance by calling 415-863-1414 x110.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013: Letter of Intent is due by 11:59pm.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Selected applicants are invited to submit a full application.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013: Full applications are due via online submission by 5:00pm.
Monday, February 23, 2014: Artists invited to submit full applications are notified of the status of their application.
2015 RESIDENCY DATES
2015 Commons Curatorial Residency #1
Friday, January 9—Thursday, Feb 12, opening reception Friday, January 9
2015 Commons Curatorial Residency #2
Friday, February 20–Thursday, March 19, opening reception Thursday February 19
2015 Commons residency #3
Friday, March 27–Thursday, April 24, opening reception Thursday March 26
DOCUMENTATION OF PAST COMMONS EXHIBITIONS