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General Information

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALLIGRAPHIES IN CONVERSATION
6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
 
Exhibition Date and Place: June 7 - August 30, 2019 at the Main Gallery at the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB)
375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2019, before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
 
Submission Fee: $10 (Artists can participate for FREE with no fee if they are in a country with no access to international payment or they extremely lack the fund)
 
Important Note About Exhibition Format: For the 2019 exhibition we have 2 sections:

  1. By Invitation Section: In this section, works of guest calligraphers who are invited by our Chief Curator will be displayed physically at the gallery of SFCB.
  2. Open Call Section: In this section, a series of works will be selected out of an open call and the image of selected works will be displayed digitally at the Opening Reception Ceremony via projector or screen at the gallery of SFCB and then on our website. If your work is selected in this section, you do not need to post your original work to us and we will display the image of your work.

Eligibility

Submission Process

Calligraphers and artists anywhere in the world in any levels with any style, script, and language (including but not limited to English, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hindi, Baybayin, etc.) may submit up to 4 pieces to be considered for the exhibition.

There is no specific theme for the exhibition.

We accept classic and traditional calligraphy as well as contemporary ways of using letters in any medium such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textile art, typography, digital art, and mixed media.

Curators of the exhibition will review the submitted forms and images and will announce the accepted works and artists of the Open Call Section by May 1, 2019 by email and through www.calligraphies.org.

If your work is selected in Open Call Section, you do not need to post your original work to us and we will display the image of your work digitally at the Opening Reception Ceremony via projector or screen at the gallery of SFCB and then on our website.
You can take 3 easy steps on this page to submit your works. Make sure to do it before submission deadline on April 27, 2019 before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

1- PAY SUBMISSION FEE: Submission fee is $10 and is payable by pressing the "Buy Now" button below. We want to support any artist anywhere in the world, so you can participate for FREE with no fee if you are in a country which you cannot make the payment due to international reasons or you extremely lack the fund. Failure to make the payment of submission fee for any other reason will unfortunately cancel your participation.

2- UPLOAD IMAGES: Upload the image of up to 4 of the artworks you want to participate.

3- FILL OUT SUBMISSION FORM: The Submission Form asks for artist’s information, short artist biography (max 100 words) and artwork specifications (title, actual size, medium, content or translation in English and price in US Dollars, if for sale).

Make sure to take all the 3 steps for submission!

Submit Your Works

STEP 1:
Pay Submission Fee

STEP 2:
Upload the Image of Your Works

$10 Submission Fee
Buy Now
Upload Your Works Here
by clicking on "Choose Files" button in the next Tab
Following this guideline for uploading the image of your works is crucial and if not followed, your participation might be canceled: 

  • Image of the artwork should be jpg, jpeg, or png
  • Please name image files accordingly: Last name, and the title of the artwork. Lastname_Artwork Title. Example: James Smith_Sunset
  • The image of the artwork should not include frame and glass and should be of a good quality that is representable to the curators and then publishable through digital and print media
  • Image of the artwork should be minimum 2000 pixel in the longest side, and between 150-300 dpi in quality
  • The image should be under 5 MB
We want to support any artist anywhere in the world, so you can participate for FREE with no fee if you are in a country which you cannot make the payment due to international reasons or you lack the fund. Failure to make the payment of submission fee for any other reason will unfortunately cancel your participation.

When clicking on "Buy Now" you will be directed to the secure payment page. You may choose to pay with PayPal or pay with any credit card by clicking on "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" on the bottom of the page.

On the payment page and on your statement, the name of our payment institution, PEAL will be apeared.

STEP 3: Fill Out Submission Form

SALES AND PROMOTION

LIABILITY

Artists are encouraged to have their work for sale. Price is determined by the artist. We will retain 40% commission on all sales. Artists are responsible for the packaging, shipment, and insurance of their artwork to the buyers. So, please estimate all the costs associated and then determine the price of your artwork. The price cannot be changed after submitting the Submission Form. Artists who are participating from countries with limited or sanctioned relations with USA may not have their artwork for sale.
 
We will actively promote the submitted and selected artworks in the course of the exhibition and beyond through various methods including but not limited to representing the image of the artworks and the artists through email lists, social media, multiple websites, apps, and books to make sure several thousands of audiences will view the works and get to know the calligraphers and artists globally.
 
The official exhibition catalog produced in partnership with SFCB will only include the artworks of By Invitation Section. Calligraphies in Conversation might produce a separate simple catalog to include the works of Open Call Section in the future.
 
All Artists will receive an official digital Certificate of Participation via email.
Images of artwork submitted may be used in printed and digital formats (including but not limited to the exhibit book, posters and flyers, and online/ digital representations) by the organizations leading the exhibition.

AGREEMENT

Submitting artwork to this exhibition acknowledges agreement set forth in this Open Call for Entries. The organizations leading the exhibition may rescind the right of displaying any art misrepresented or unsuitably presented and may change the conditions if necessary.

TIMELINE

  • April 27, 2019: Deadline for Open Call section
  • May 1, 2019: Announcing the selected works of Open Call section
  • May 10, 2019: Publishing the Press Release
  • June 7, 2019, 6-8 p.m.: Opening Reception Ceremony

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Ziya Art Center, San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), PEAL (Pacific Entrepreneurship and Art Lab), Multiverse Art Gallery