Annual Entry-Fee-Free Call for New Work by Bay Area Artists with Disabilities

Photo of Southern Exposure's gallery showing three photographs by Adrian Octavius Walker, one by Vasudhaa Narayanan, and three by Natasha Dangond as part of the 2018 Juried Exhibition, Green Book, hung on white walls. Photo by Minoosh Zomorodinia
  • Open Submission

Annual Entry-Fee-Free Call for New Work by Bay Area Artists with Disabilities

2021 Juried Exhibition

Southern Exposure invites Northern California artists who identify as having a disability to submit new work for the 30th Annual Juried Exhibition, curated by Jackie Clay, executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts, and Jillian Crochet, Bay Area artist. 


Entry Fee:
Absolutely none! Never! Nope!

Artists selected for the exhibition will receive a $200 stipend for their participation.

Submission Deadline:
Sunday August 29, 2021, 11:59 PM

Who is eligible:
Open to artists who identify as having a disability (Including, but not limited to, people who identify as d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH), blind and vision-impaired, Mad, and those with physical, psychological, developmental, and/or cognitive disabilities) and are currently living in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Artists may work in collaboration with artists from outside the Bay Area. 

In alignment with the Disability Justice framework, as envisioned by Sins Invalid:

“We define disability broadly to include people with physical impairments, people who belong to a sensory minority, people with emotional disabilities, people with cognitive challenges, and those with chronic/severe illness.”

Centering LGBTQ / gender-nonconforming and BIPOC disabled artists.

What work will be considered:

  • Art of any kind: photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, installation, textiles, tactile work, video, etc!
  • Work must be ready to be delivered to Southern Exposure, ready for installation by October 15, 2021. We are not able to pick up work or cover shipping costs.
  • Each artist is permitted one submission which may include up to three pieces for consideration. 
  • Work selected for this exhibition will exemplify Southern Exposure’s mission and our commitment to supporting new, innovative, risk-taking contemporary art practices.

Jurying and Notification:
Artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibition will be notified by email by 8:00 PM on September 28, 2021. Don’t email us. We’ll email you!

Exhibition Dates:
October 22, 2021 through November 20, 2021


Jackie Clay (she/her), Juror: is the executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts organization that produces socially engaged public art projects in the Alabama Black Belt region. In addition to her work in Sumter County, she has organized exhibitions at the ICA LA, et al gallery (San Francisco), and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (Mobile). She has contributed to catalogs including Prospect 4, black is a color, and the Greenwood Art Project. She hosts Monograph, a documentary series produced by Alabama Public Television that focuses on creative practice both inside and outside the traditional arts framework. A graduate from California College of the Arts with dual-interdisciplinary degrees, her intellectual practice centers on black visual culture. Clay believes art and art institutions should service their publics, and organizations should encourage or sustain collective community health.

​​Jillian Crochet (she/her), Juror: is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Bay Area working in sculpture, video, and performance to confront grief and disability. Her practice seeks to liberate the disabled body from normalized marginalization and oppression. She is a current Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2020 Artist in Residence at Art Beyond Sight’s Art & Disability program. She earned her BFA from the University of Alabama in 2007 and a MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2020.