Our next round of opportunities is currently OPEN! Two more open calls will open in mid October.

Embark's open calls are directed towards the graduate students and recently graduated masters students from the below local 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. 

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Annual Curatorial Proposal

Embark is excited to announce our annual call for curatorial proposals. Open to current Bay Area MFA and MA students with a focus on art history, curatorial, museum studies, or other similar programs.

Please submit a 250-500 word proposal for an exhibition in the style of an open call 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 and the proposal must be broad enough that it is feasible for anyone to apply. Curators should plan to exhibit 4-10 artists from at least 3 different schools, chosen from Embark’s open call for submissions in November. Proposals may include up to 3 pre-selected artists who are current or recently graduated MFA’s on which to base the exhibition.

We encourage proposals that consider current discourse surrounding contemporary art practices, theory, history or politics but take on a new perspective. As part of Embark’s mission to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art, we advise against proposals that are so academic as to be inaccessible to the public.

Aside from these guidelines, proposals for a show of any medium, theme or subject matter will be considered!


*Curator must be able to attend the artist meet up, install and opening reception*

Artist Meet Up: Sunday, January 27th, 1-3pm

Install: January 28th - February 2nd

Exhibition Dates: February 9th - March 30th

Opening Reception: Friday, Februdary 8th, 6-9pm

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 14th at midnight