CALL FOR ENTRY: Exhibition Proposals 2019

Erland Sanborn/ October 14, 2018/ Uncategorized

The Sanctuary presents an opportunity for artists of all types to share their work with the Northern California community. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling community center, music venue, art gallery, and artists' workshop, with facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more.

The goal of the gallery is to precipitate creativity, nourish the minds of Sanctuary visitors, and enhance the Sanctuary’s atmosphere while complementing the many uses of the space. It is our hope that folks will draw on the mission statement: The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

Submissions may include original art in any media, art collections, curiosities, and more.

The Details

A series of five art exhibitions periods are available in 2019, every two months from February through November; February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, and October/November. Each session will be either one single exhibit on display in both the Great Hall and the Meeting Room, or two separate but complementary exhibits in each room.

All exhibitors must agree to the terms of the Gallery Contract.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their proposal and include:

  • Available months for showing
  • Three samples of work:
    • List title, year, medium, size, and price (as applicable).
    • Format images as JPEG with your name and the work in the title (i.e. johnsmith.heartbeat.jpeg)
  • Brief artist statement
  • Any online links to your work i.e. Instagram, website, Facebook, etc.
  • Contact info (phone/email)

Submissions can be sent via email to, or sent via mail to:

1301 J Street
Arcata, CA, 95521

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on August 31st. Applicants will hear back from Sanctuary staff no later than September 15th.

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