Present – 2017 Open Call Student Exhibition – submissions due 9/1/17


PRESENT – The 2017 Open Call Student Exhibition

Wednesday, September 13th – Thursday, September 21st, 2017

All UC Berkeley Students (Fall 2017 semester) are invited to propose an artwork, a small series, or any other creative project for exhibition in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery in Kroeber Hall.

The annual open call exhibition is the premiere showcase for student art on campus, and the only open-call exhibition of the year at the gallery.

Taking cues from the successful exhibitions of years past including 2015’s I Know What You Did Last Summer and 2016’s Seize the Means, PRESENT will present student work created by and for themselves, outside of the context of the classroom.

The theme of the show, as suggested by the title, PRESENT, is purposefully open-ended. This polysemous word can be interpreted as referring to the gift, to the contemporary moment, to being in attendance, to offer, introduce, or make known.

As in years past, 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. The work can be in any medium, from painting to performance, from video to interactive installation. The exhibition is conceived of as a way to start a critical conversation among your peers as much as it is to showcase the talents of our student artists.

Although we hope to include a large number 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 13th – Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Opening and Performances: 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

At: Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley Campus

Proposal deadline: 11:59 pm, Friday, September 1st, 2017

Decisions announced: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Participants must be available for installation: September 8th – 12th, 2017



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, or glitter. 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 “PRESENT” to:
Farley Gwazda, Director, Worth Ryder Art Gallery


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