Now accepting submissions for two shows and a curatorial proposal for Fall of 2017!

DEADLINE August 25th at midnight.

Embark seeks work from artists currently enrolled in or recently graduated (in 2017) from Masters in Fine Arts programs at the following institutions: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. 

Applications are FREE and can be accessed via Slideroom HERE

Curatorial Proposals

Open to MA students with a focus on art history, curatorial or museum studies, or other similar programs and MFA students. Please submit a 250-500 word proposal for an exhibition to take place at Embark Gallery. Proposals should take into account past programming at Embark, and propose a novel exhibition. The call for artists may not exclude any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age or ability. The proposal must be broad enough that it is feasible for anyone to apply.

Curators should plan to exhibit 4-10 artists. Proposals already focused on specific artists cannot be considered. We encourage proposals that consider current discourse surrounding contemporary art, theory or history that take on new perspectives. Aside from these guidelines, proposals for a show of any medium, theme or subject matter will be considered. The winning proposal will be included in Embark’s October open call for artists and the show will be presented in the spring of 2018. The author of the winning proposal will join the Executive and Curatorial Directors of Embark in selecting artists after submissions for our next call are received, in November 2017. This meeting can be held both virtually or in person.



With the advent of digital technology and instant information sharing, the art world has become increasingly global. Within Bay Area MFA programs there are many international students and students who have multi-national backgrounds. For this exhibition, we are seeking art that explores global cultural experiences. While this show was conceived as a reaction to the current administration’s stance on immigration, we aim to elevate the conversation beyond Trump’s executive orders and US-centric histories to include other perspectives. Topics for this show can include everything from hybridity of cultures, belonging to two places at once, ancestry, ethnicity or religion to refugees, migration, war, politics, and displacement. With this rather broad prompt, we hope to receive a diverse sampling of artworks and approaches that speak to globalization. All media will be considered.

Mandatory Dates for Accepted Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22nd

Artwork Drop off/Artist Meetup: Sunday, September 17th

Artwork Pickup: Sunday, October 29th and Monday, October 30th


This Is A Test

Every Tuesday at 12pm San Francisco’s Outdoor Alarm System declares, “This is a test... this is only a test.” Inspired by this weekly statement, we invite artists to submit works that address different interpretations of these words. Notions of uncertainty, safety, experimentation, unpredictability, chance-taking, repetition, vulnerability, memory, utopia/dystopia and the void are some of the topics applicable to this show. Some art historical contexts to consider are the Fluxus movement, Dada and Neo-Dada, and Happenings. All media will be considered.

Mandatory Dates for Accepted Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10th

Artwork Drop off/Artist Meetup: Sunday, October 29th

Artwork Pickup: Sunday, December 17th and Monday, December 18th



Embark is accepting submissions until August 25, 2017 at midnight.