Yerba Buena Center
For The Arts

701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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YBCA announces two new opportunities for artists and curators at one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary arts centers.

YBCA is committed to engaging the broader Bay Area artist community in the creative process by inviting artists and curators to submit works and exhibition proposals that center on art as essential to progress for its public and gallery spaces. As a creative home for the diverse communities of San Francisco and beyond, YBCA aims to support and cultivate artists who are working to support societal movement.

From our leading edge exhibitions and performances to our groundbreaking civic initiatives and community partnerships, YBCA is where creativity, people, and new ideas collide to create change.

Second Floor Galleries

YBCA is calling for curatorial proposals for our Second Floor Galleries, which range from a discrete project space of 760 square feet to up to a more expansive exhibition space comprised of 3,500 square feet. A floor plan of our Second Floor Galleries may be found here, and sample images of previous shows in the space may be found below.

What We’re Looking for:

We are interested in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals, especially those that focus on art as essential to progress. Example interests include Census 2020; art and health; youth and leadership; climate change; new economies, equity, and shared prosperity; and civic participation and democracy.

Who Can Apply:

Curators, artists, and any individual or collective regardless of experience level, background, or location are invited to apply. Curators not based in the Bay Area will need to be present for installation.

Selection Process:

Submissions will be open from September 12 to October 20, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by November 8, 2019. The exhibition will open June 18, 2020.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access will also be prioritized in the selection process. Proposals will be selected by five jurors who are leading experts in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, film, and civic engagement.

Benefits:

Selected proposals will receive up to a $3,000 curatorial stipend plus artist fees, and production and shipping support.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant’s Info
  • CV (optional)
  • Project Proposal (300-500 words)
  • Sample Images (Up to 10 images 10MB each)
  • Prospective Artist List

Contact:

Any curators with questions about the process, or those interested in visiting the space, may email Dorothy Davila, Director of Program at ddavila@ybca.org

Application

Apply now through October 20, 2019

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2014. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by John White / Phocasso.

Shana Moulton: Picture Puzzle Pattern Door, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015. Image courtesy Phocasso/J.W. White and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Photograph by Phocasso/J.W. White.

Kevin Cooley: Golden Prospects, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015. Photograph by Kevin Cooley.

Earth Machines, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by Charlie Villyard.

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, The Medellín Diagram, 2012–ongoing. Installation view, Visualizing Citizenship: Seeking a New Public Imagination, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2017. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by Charlie Villyard.

Won Ju Lim: Raycraft Is Dead, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2015. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by Charlie Villyard.

Third Street Wavy Wall

YBCA is calling for artist proposals to create a mural on the wavy wall of its Theater building on 3rd Street, a highly traveled connective corridor where bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, buses, international travelers, convention attendees, workers, and families pass through. The mural area is 60’1” long x 12’ high.

What We’re Looking For:

We are looking for a visual story that is uniquely San Francisco, that speaks to the role that art plays in progress and its impact on the well-being of our communities. As an organization that believes that art is essential to progress, YBCA looks to engage artists whose work aims to address the health and well-being of communities. This is an opportunity to make a distinct impression that celebrates the role of art and creativity in our diverse and changing city.

Selection Process:

Submissions will be open from September 12 to October 20, 2019. Three finalists will be notified by October 28, 2019, and will be asked to further develop their proposals. The selected artist will be notified in November, with installation to start the week of February 3, 2020.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access will also be prioritized in the selection process, which will be led by jurors who are leading experts in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, film, and marketing.

Benefits:

An artist fee will be awarded to the selected artist and finalists will be compensated for their proposals.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant’s Info
  • CV
  • Project Proposal (300-500 words)
  • Sample Images (Up to 10 images 10MB each)

Contact:

Any prospective artists with questions about the process, or those interested in an orientation to the space, may email Dorothy Davila, Director of Program at ddavila@ybca.org

Application

Apply now through October 20, 2019

Installation view, Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2017. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photograph by Tommy Lau.

Photograph by Charlie Villyard.

Stamen, Bay Area Soon, 2018, installation view, Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2018. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Charlie Villyard.

Lead image: Stamen, Bay Area Soon, 2018, installation view, Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2018. Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Photographs by Charlie Villyard.