SOIL Gallery

Call for Show Proposals

SOIL is not currently accepting new members. Please check back for future calls.

SOIL exists as an alternative venue for artists and curators to exhibit, develop, and advance their work, and is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content. Proposals including 3 or more artists are encouraged.


Please note that you will not be able to begin and save your application for later, so read the application guidelines below and have your materials ready before applying.


Project Description: Describe in 250 words or less the themes and content of the show. We are interested in compelling ideas, concisely stated. Clearly outline your proposal such that it leaves us with a strong impression of what to expect from the exhibition. Include number of pieces in the show, media, and other important details on your plans for the exhibition.

Preferred months: Select 3 preferred months. If accepted we will do our best to accommodate.

Work Samples: Upload up to 10 high quality JPGs, 1000px longest side, roughly 250kb max each. Please label files as 01_lastname_title.jpg, 02_lastname_title.jpg, etc. Include samples of work by all participating artists to provide a sense of the proposed show. Good images are highly persuasive.

Video or Sound: DO NOT upload video, as files are too large and will be deleted. Please snail mail or hand-deliver a CD/DVD for video entries up to 2 mins per clip. Must be in hand at SOIL before 5pm 1/19/13. CDs/DVDs will not be returned. Video stills are also acceptable in lieu of hard copy.
SOIL Artist-Run Gallery
112 3rd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-5pm

Image List: Upload one Image List as word doc or pdf. Include artist name, title, year, media, and size for each image. List the images in order according to the corresponding file names 01_lastname_title.jpg, 02_lastname_title.jpg, etc.

How do the images relate to the proposed show? Describe in 75 words or less if the images are examples of new work that will be created for the exhibition or the exact work that will be shown.

Optional CV and Statement: We recommend but do not require uploading a resume and artist statement. Please condense all of the resumes into one single word doc or pdf. Please condense all of the statements into one single word doc or pdf.


SOIL provides a stipend ($200) to assist with postcard printing & postage, and additionally pays for vinyl wall lettering. All additional costs for the show, including shipping and insuring of artworks, reception food and drink, etc., are the responsibility of the curator. The curator is responsible for installing and de-installing the show within the given schedule.
SOIL assists with writing and distribution of a press release, access to the mailing list, keeping the gallery staffed and general promotion on the website. All exhibiting artists are encouraged to sit one 5 hour shift during their show.


Sales occur directly between the artist or curator and the buyer. Gallery sitters are happy to put the artist or curator and buyer in touch with each other. SOIL encourages a 15%-30% donation of sales. While this is not required, we operate on a modest budget and appreciate donations. Our percentage is low because we are not focused on sales or supported by them. We are foremost dedicated to our mission to support emerging and innovative art in Seattle.

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