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Call for Entries

• Call for Curatorial Proposals 
• Art Studio Residency: Call for Entries
• Call for Tips + Tricks
• Apply to Exhibitions 


EcoArt curated by Deanna Pindell

HIAD 20221111 ArtWalk

Hope Is a Discipline by Marc Mayer


/ker/ curated by Sergio De La Torre and Fernanda Partida Ochoa


Momento Mori by Eddie Colla and DYoungV

Call for Curatorial Proposals

proposals due: June 1, 2023 

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Art Works Downtown warmly welcomes curators to submit proposals for exhibition in Gallery 1337. Our goal is to provide engaging visual art experiences for the public, and we need diverse and creative perspectives. We’re seeking proposals that demonstrate professionalism, clear vision, and innovative concepts. 

As a community-driven organization, we understand the visual-arts are an important benefit for society; but at the same time, exhibit production can be taken for granted. Art Works Downtown created this program to support curators financially and creatively, and we can’t wait to see your unique vision come to life. Thank you for considering us, we look forward to receiving your proposal.

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Exhibition dates: September 29–November 10, 2023

Application Fee: no cost

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Summary of Benefits

  • Stipends awarded to approved proposals. Up to $5,000.
  • Curator may use the stipend to your own discretion.
  • Exhibition advertising and promotions including 
  • Staffing of the gallery during the exhibition. Public hours are Thu–Sat, 1–8pm.
  • Provide Gallery 1337 to include, but not limited to, gallery design, installation, exhibit, and promotion.
  • Two receptions for the exhibit.
  • A positive and professional exhibition experience for everyone involved.

Examples from the exhibit archive

EcoArtEnvisioning Strategies and Solutions by Deanna Pindell in collaboration with Women Eco Artists Dialogue
Hope Is a Discipline by Marc Mayer
SHIFT  curated by Tapestry Weavers West
ZENPOP curated by Marialidia Marcotulli
/ker/ curated by Sergio De La Torre and Fernanda Partida Ochoa
Ordinary and Technological Mediations curated by Victoria Heilweil
Restless Garden curated by Lauren Bartone
Veer curated by Theodora Mauro and Tracy Wheeler
The Art of Rock Legends curated by Bruce Burtch
Jeremy Morgan curated by Linda Samuels


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Peter Adamyan, 2020–2021 Max Thelen Studio Residency


Art Studio Residency: Call for Entries

Deadline to apply: July 6, 2023 

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The Max Thelen Studio Residency provides a quality art space for an emerging artist to create artwork and receive community support. The Residency includes a free art studio for 12 months with many additional benefits. Ideal candidates live in the Marin/San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area and can commit to regularly making art and participating in the program activities.

Art Works Downtown offers a diverse mix of studio artists and mediums in the heart of the San Rafael commercial core for regular interaction with the public. The Max Thelen Studio is a located on the street-level of the AWD complex. Art Works Downtown believes that an emerging artist will stimulate new ideas among established AWD studio artists and vice versa. Our community will be better served as they recognize and understand the importance of supporting emerging artists in their career endeavors.


  • Free art studio, including utilities, fees and operating costs
    • This residency does not include living accommodations
    • 92 sq. ft., located in the main entrance hallway. Viewable Thu–Sat, 1–8pm. 
  • An environment that is supportive and empathetic to the creative process
  • Solo exhibition in the Founders’ Gallery, which provides exhibition production experience
  • Waived fees for AWD membership and juried exhibitions
  • Representation on AWD’s newsletter, website, and social media
  • Exposure to large groups of visitors every month during the 2nd Friday Art Walk events
  • Scholarship granted for mandatory participation in Marin Open Studios
  • Exposure to exhibit procedures and processes
  • Exposure to the nonprofit arts organization operation


  • Applicants must live in reasonable commuting distance to San Rafael, CA
  • Applicants must be in the early to middle stage of their art career with a committed art-making practice
  • Visual artists will be considered


  • Deadline to apply July 6, 2023
  • Award announced in August 1 2023
  • Studio Residency to commence in September 5, 2023 through August 30, 2024
  • Founders Gallery exhibition: August 10–September 28, 2024

 To Apply: Apply through Applicants will receive results via email. 

  • No cost to apply
  • Application requirements include:
    • 5 to 10 images (or up to 6 videos)
    • Up to 3,000 Word Statement introducing yourself as an artist and your artwork
    • Required questions: 
      • A prime objective of the program is for the artist to regularly use the workspace. This is not a showcase studio, it is a work and display studio. How do you envision using the space?
      • How will an association with the Art Works Downtown artist community benefit you?
      • What are your career ambitions as an artist?
      • Name and contact information of 1–3 recommendations—an arts educator, gallerist, or arts professional is preferred.
    • Links to support materials such as a website. 


Beyond: Call for Entries 

deadline to apply: July 6, 2023 

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Theme: What conscious experience might exist beyond our current reality? Art Works Downtown seeks visual artists exploring, answering, or enjoying this question. The exhibit Beyond intends to showcase artworks which take the viewer beyond their present state of mind or offer visions of realities beyond our day-to-day life.

Juror: Donna Seager, co-owner and director, Seager Gray Gallery, 

Artwork Requirements

  • San Francisco Bay Area artists only (artist must live within 100 miles from San Rafael, California). Refunds will not be given to applications which don’t qualify.
  • Open to most subject matter including abstraction.
  • Open to all visual arts media including sculpture. Video artists must include dimensions of equipment in submission and supply all equipment—including headphones—for the exhibition. Projections are prohibited. Actual organic material (like food) must be completely encased and odorless.
  • Original artwork only. No giclées or reproductions. Editions are acceptable if they are original works such as printmaking, photography, or limited original digital art.
  • Images of explicit sexual content or violence will not be considered.
  • Size limit: artwork must not exceed 72” including frame, stand, and all materials.
  • Submissions must not have previously exhibited in the AWD 1337 Gallery.
  • Apply through AWD will not accept hardcopy, email, or disk submissions.

Application fee: $40 for up to 3 entries. Discount provided for AWD Artist Members.

Exhibit Calendar:

  • July 6: Entries due via Technically you have until 11:59 Mountain time (9:59pm Pacific time). We are not available for questions about applications on the due date, please plan ahead.
  • July 13, 14: Notification by email. Separate emails announce “invited” and “not invited” submissions.
  • July 27–29, 1–8pm: deliver accepted entries, artist statement, and signed contract.
  • August 4–September 16, 2023: Exhibition dates.
  • Thursday–Saturday, 1–8pm: Public visiting hours.
  • August 11, 5–8pm: opening reception and 2nd Friday Art Walk
  • September 8, 5–8pm: second reception and 2nd Friday Art Walk
  • September 21-23, 1–8pm: Pick up unsold artwork


Call for Tips and Tricks

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Image File format:

JPEG only, dimensions: No smaller than 1200 pixels on the longest side, resolution: 72 ppi/dpi, Size: 5 MB maximum. Make sure your images follow these parameters. If you are uploading an image and the process is taking a long time (longer than 5-10 minutes), your image is probably wrong. Unfortunately the CAFÉ message does not tell you this, it only says that it is loading and make take a while.

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Applying for a call:

Uploading images to your “Portfolio” and applying to a call for entries are two different processes. When you apply for an exhibition you will need to choose entries from your Portfolio by checking little boxes next to the images. If you only have three images in your Portfolio, you must check the box for each entry to submit that entry.  

Make sure to “PREVIEW” before checking out. Once you click “CHECK OUT” you can NOT change or correct your application.

Checking Out, Payment and Coupon Codes: 
When you have looked at your application “PREVIEW” and you see all of your entry images, click “CHECK OUT.” This will begin the payment process. Follow the prompts to pay for your entries. Only credit cards are accepted. If you are an AWD Artist Member you can use your coupon code to receive an entry fee discount. Simply follow the prompts until it asks you for the Coupon Code (you will not see this right away). Then enter the code and proceed.

Philosophical Understanding:

We understand that the online application process can be frustrating and hope you will overcome technology to participate in our exhibitions. While the CAFÉ.org service isn't perfect, it is a very helpful service for AWD and artists alike. As you apply through this process, we encourage you to take a deep breath, think logically (not emotionally) and take your time to thoroughly read the prompts and consider the buttons. If you are digitally challenged, you may want to find someone who is comfortable with the digital realm. Offer them a cup of coffee, fresh baked bread or small payment for their time. Remember to give yourself time and be patient and calm.

How to Apply for Solo or Group Exhibitions

Art Works Downtown offers a variety of exhibition opportunities and programs. Select a gallery to learn more about the specific application and proposal process.

Gallery 1337

Underground Gallery

Founders' Gallery

1325 Donors' Gallery