Open Call Student Exhibition "SEIZE THE MEANS" at Worth Ryder – applications due 9.2.2016




All UC Berkeley Students are invited to propose an artwork, a small series, or any other creative project for exhibition in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery. Taking cues from last year’s successful exhibition I Know What You Did Last Summer, Seize the Means will present student work created by and for themselves, outside of the context of the classroom.

The title Seize the Means is linked to the theme of the Department of Art Practice’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series – October, 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia. In the year leading up to this anniversary, we are considering how the groundwork was laid for this radical change, the role of artists in the revolution, and the relevancy of these events to today’s struggles.

That said, students are encouraged to consider the theme implied by this title very broadly there is a place for your work in this show, no matter your interests! We are excited about work that is performative, and there are no restrictions on medium or content. This exhibition is conceived of as a way to start a critical conversation among your peers. Show everyone what is important to you, and how you have seized the means of production!

To get a sense of what this show will be like, check out this Facebook album from last year’s Open Call Student Exhibition “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” And why not like our Facebook page while you’re there?

Although we hope to include a large group of students, admission to the exhibition is competitive. Incomplete or late submissions will NOT be considered, so please review your submission materials!


Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, September 14th – Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Opening and Performances: 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

At: Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley Campus

Proposal deadline: 11:59 pm, Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Decisions announced: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Participants must be available for installation: September 10th – 14th, 2016


Name and email

Proposal Text 200 words
Describe your artwork or creative project and why it fits this theme, broadly defined.

Installation Needs 100 words
Describe any special materials you may need for installation (i.e. darkened space, video projector, pedestal,
etc.). The Director will work with  you to plan installation. No fire, non-human animals, hanging things from the ceiling. Note: the gallery does not provide framing, but work may be displayed unframed. 

Images 3 jpgs  |  1000px x 1000px  |  ≤ 1MB each  |  send link or attachment
If no image of proposed work, include proposal sketch.  Include short one-sentence description of each image, size of work (or length of time-based media), and medium. 

Send via email with subject “Seize the Means” to:

Farley Gwazda, Director, Worth Ryder Art Gallery