The Oakland Asian Cultural Center is launching a call for artworks to accompany an exhibition titled “Bandung To The Bay,” which showcases the history of Black and Asian solidarity across various movements. This exhibition consists of historical, archival documents connected to the international Bandung Conference and Bay Area Asian & Black activist solidarity movements including the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.
Up to 10 artists’ works will be selected by a jury panel and each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $100 if their work(s) are selected for this exhibition.
Artist Call Application Period: March 1, 2022 ~ May 31, 2022
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- Works should reflect themes of Black and Asian solidarity, past and present.
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- Works must be your original creation not exceeding 24 inches x 24 inches.
- Works must be 2-D, wired in the back, and ready to hang from a rail system.
- Priority will be given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists.
- Artist must be based in the SF Bay Area and able to transport work to OACC.
- Submit an Artist Call Form with the following information:
- Name & pronouns
- Images of your submitted work (72dpi, max 100MB file size)
- Short description of your submitted work
- Additional artist information (optional)
- Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022 at 5pm.
- If your work is selected, you will receive an email by June 24th with drop-off information for physical works.
- Selected artworks will need to remain at OACC for the duration of the exhibition until August 28th.
- All artworks must be picked up the week of August 28th.
- Pick-up hours: Tue-Fri 12pm-4pm. Email email@example.com if additional coordination is needed.
- Artists retain 100% commission of artwork sold and are responsible for handling all transactions.
- OACC is unable to provide insurance coverage for artworks, but has hi-def security cameras and onsite security personnel monitoring the facility at all times. OACC staff will take the following precautions to ensure safety of artworks while onsite: a) provide dedicated onsite storage space before installation and b) onsite staff presence during exhibit hours.
- March 1: Artist call opens
- May 31: Artist call closes at 5pm Pacific
- By June 17: Jury panel selects artworks
- By June 24: Artists notified of jury results
- Early July: Install exhibition at OACC
- July 15: Exhibit reception at OACC
- August 28: OACC Exhibition closes
- Week of August 28: Pickup all artworks from OACC
For additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmed Artist Call Jurors (alphabetical, subject to change)
Ellen Bepp is a mixed media and textile artist and taiko (Japanese drum) musician. For over 40 years she has endeavored to give voice to her Japanese cultural roots, to honor nature and to address political concerns through visual expression and the language of the drum. She began taiko training in 1974 under Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, and went on to become an original performing member of San Jose Taiko and founding member of Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Ellen has exhibited her art nationally and internationally since 1980 and in 1988 she co-founded 9-11 Studios, a live/work artist complex in Oakland, CA. Her work has spanned a range of media from painting to wearable art, installations, theatrical costume and set design, collage and hand cut paper. Her interest in the arts of Asia and Latin America led to her involvement in humanitarian projects and textile research in indigenous communities of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Mexico. She continues to explore the connection between art and culture of these civilizations as they inform her identity as an Asian American woman artist. (Source: https://members.aawaa.net/artists/ellen-bepp)
Eric Murphy is a photographer, graphic design artist, independent curator and art collector. He has been supporting the Oakland arts since 1999. He was a long time former staff of Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland for over 10 years and represented bay area artists during that time. He has supported bay area galleries such as Slate Contemporary, Firehouse Art Center & Harrington Gallery, Evolve the Gallery. In 2012, he was Project Manager and Curator for the Oakland-Fukuoka Artist Exchange, a traveling exhibition of works by Oakland artist, James Gayles and Fukuoka artist, Hiroko To in celebration with Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan’s 50th anniversary as sister cities with collaborative public art projects permanently installed in Fukuoka, Japan’s sister city gardens and Oakland City Hall. Murphy is currently the Gallery Curator of Joyce Gordon Gallery, Curatorial Advisor for Tea Roots organization based in Oakland and San Francisco, Ca and current member of the Oakland Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC). He also successfully completed two terms (2012 – 2018) as a re-appointed member of the Alameda County Arts Commission and currently sits on its board.
Pallavi Sharma is a multidisciplinary artist, and her research interest concerns Asian American women’s cultural production and activism. She is a board member of the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and founder and director of ‘Inner Eye Arts,’ a nonprofit arts organization working for the visibility of Asian American Artists in the SF Bay area. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including at the Queens Museum of the Arts, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Aicon Gallery in New York, the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Virginia, among others. Her works explore the theme of marginalization, patriarchy, misogyny, and examines the notions of memory. Pallavi received her BFA and MFA (Art History) from the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, and Ph.D. from the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Museology, and Conservation, New Delhi, India. She presently lives and works in San Ramon, CA. (Source: https://www.pallavisharma.com/)
Tomye Neal Madison has obtained her BFA, MFA, and many life skills. Since 1972, her Graphics and Fine Art have been commissioned, published in magazines, have become creations of public art, and collected. Her Artworks as she speaks of them “are on a scale of lighthearted to puncturing comfort zones”. Her artistic prowess includes calligraphy, framing, ink rendering, mold making, painting, stained glass, and fused slumped glass. Tomye has ventured into experimental approaches with combining upcycled glass- including wine bottles, beer bottles, stained glass and bulls-eye glass. This unique combination emerges as ‘what-nots’ for interior objects to adorn windows, sculptural portraits, wearable art, and more. She has received several Municipal and Individual grants along the way. As a Visual Arts Specialist she teaches youth and adults, especially teachers. What Tomye shares as an exceptionally talented Visual Artist, Arts Program Administrator, Exhibition Curator, and Workshop Facilitator are distinctive viewpoints that enrich the universal lexicon. She continues contributing to the community as a member of various art organizations, as an Advisory Committee Member assisting non-profits and a Mentor of Artists (Source: https://sfwomenartists.org/artist/tomye-neal-madison/).