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Photographic Essence  An exhibition of black and white photography

entries due: June 30, 2022

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Theme:Art Works Downtown invites visual artists to submit black and white photography for exhibition. This exhibit intends to showcase photography solely using the black and white value scale to expose the essence of their subject, expression, and composition. Submissions will be considered according to various criteria including, but not limited to photographic skill, creative expression, poignant narrative, and unique composition. All forms of photography medium are welcome.

Juror: Scott Nicholsowner and directorScott NicholsGallery, Sonomawww.scottnicholsgallery

Artwork Requirements:

  • San Francisco Bay Area artists only (artist must live within 100 miles from San Rafael, California). Refunds will not be given to those who apply but don’t qualify.
  • Black and White photography only.
  • Open to all photography media. Photographs must be framed and/or ready to install.
  • Open to most subject matter and abstraction: images of explicit sexual content or graphic violence will not be considered.
  • Size limit: artwork— including frame and all materials—must not exceed 60”.
  • Original artwork only, no reproductions such as giclées. Original prints and editions are acceptable.
  • 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.

Exhibition Calendar:

  • June 30: 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 8–9: Notification by email. Separate emails announce “invited” and “not invited” submissions.
  • July 28–30, 1–8pm: deliver accepted entries, artist statement, and sign contract.
  • August 5–September 17, 2022, Thursday–Saturday, 1–8pm: Exhibition dates. Gallery hours subject to change.
  • August 12, 5–8pm: Opening reception and Art Walk, in-person
  • September 9, 5–8pm: 2nd reception and Art Walk, in-person
  • September 22–24, 1–8pm: Pick up unsold artwork

Online Entry: 
AWD uses (CaFÉ) to process juried exhibitions. To submit entries, visit First create a free profile then upload images to your portfolio. Second, apply to this call. The CaFÉ website provides all the assistance you should need to prepare your submissions and apply. If you have trouble sizing your image(s), use the links provided below for help. Before you start, we recommend reviewing the CAFÉ HELP page. We also recommend reviewing our CAFÉ Tips and Tricks by going to > Artists tab > Calls for Entry > Tips and Tricks. AWD does not provide technical assistance for submissions.
• 3D/sculptural entries: Since you can only submit one image per entry, we suggest submitting one image with two views.
• Free online image software:;
• Using the most current internet browser. Check the CaFÉ help page or this link:
• First-timers: please note that adding images to your account “Portfolio” does not submit them to the “call.” You will need to add the images from your portfolio to the call when you apply.

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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.

Learn more about CAFÉ.org image file requirements:

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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.

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Underground Gallery

Founders' Gallery

1325 Donors' Gallery