SOIL Gallery

Call for Show Proposals

SOIL is currently accepting proposals for shows that will take place September 2018 through August 2019.

Sunday, March 18th at midnight (Pacific time)


SOIL exists as an alternative venue for artists and curators to exhibit, develop, and advance their work. We are committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content. Proposals including 3 or more artists are encouraged, but 2-person shows will be considered if the work and concept are very strong. Sorry, but we are not accepting applications for solo shows.

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.

Show title: Could be a working title or the exact title you plan to use for the show.

Project Description: Describe in 200 words or less the themes and content of the show. Clear, concise and compelling ideas will have the best chance of being accepted. Explain exactly what we can expect from your exhibition including the type of work in the show, how it relates thematically, total number of works, and how you will use the main gallery space (gallery floorplan). The Backspace gallery is for members only.

Preferred months: Please list 3 months that you would most prefer to have your show at SOIL.

Unavailable months: Please list up to 6 months that you would be unable to do a show at SOIL.

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!

Your 10 Work Samples can also include up to three, 2-minute VIDEO or SOUND samples. Please upload a screenshot for each video/sound submission as one of your images. In the fields below the image submissions you can enter in a link for us to review your video/sound samples online.

Image List: Upload one Image List as a pdf. (Please label the file: 11_Image_List.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 100 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 Artist Statement: We recommend but do not require uploading a resume and artist statement. Please condense all of the resumes into one single pdf. (Please label the file: CV.pdf.) Please condense all of the statements into one single pdf. (Please label the file: ArtistStatement.pdf.)

SOIL provides a $500 curatorial stipend and free vinyl signage. You are responsible for any other costs including travel or shipping.

We assist in promoting your show through social media, on our website, and through local press. You are responsible for any printed material.

Shows open on the First Thursday of each month and close on the Saturday before the next First Thursday. Gallery hours are Th-Su 12-5.

Shows install Sun-Weds before the First Thursday of each month and deinstall on the last Saturday of the month beginning at 5pm and ending by Sunday at 2pm.

All sales happen directly between artist or curator and buyer. We encourage a 15-30% donation of sales to SOIL.

We encourage exhibiting artists and curators to sign up for a 5 hour gallery sitting shift.

I’m ready to apply!