Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All applications are completed through the website Submittable. Our application portal can be found at  To be alerted when the next round of submissions opens, please subscribe here.

How many shows can I apply to?

You can apply to all of the shows if you like! There is no limit, and submitting applications to multiple shows does not affect your chances of being selected.

Does the artwork I submit with my application have to be the artwork I bring to exhibit?

Yes, we’d like to have an idea beforehand of how selected artworks will connect to one another. Though in some cases we may ask you to bring one or more additional artworks to be exhibited, if it is possible.

Does Embark take a commission from sales of artwork?

Yes, Embark takes a 30% commission on sales of artwork.

Who selects the artwork?

Applications were reviewed and selected by a jury of experienced and knowledgeable local art professionals. 

Read more about our jurors here.

How many artists will be selected to participate in each show?

Each exhibition will feature the work of 4-10 artists. Selections are competitive and also aim to fairly represent the diverse talent of contemporary Bay Area artists.

What are the benefits of participating in an Embark show?

Selected artists gain valuable exhibition experience and publicity by showing at Embark. Each artist will be included in an exhibition catalogue that appears in our end-of-year retrospective book. Artists will also get the opportunity to meet individuals who are actively involved in the local contemporary art scene, as well as to work with graduate students from other institutions, forming professional relationships and creative partnerships we hope last long after each show closes.

How is Embark Gallery funded?

Embark is a not for profit gallery funded by Embark Arts, a 501c3 not for profit registered in California.