Our Walls Stay Fresh. 

With gallery lighting and pristine walls, each building in the Sawyer Yards complex hosts on average 6 exhibitions a year. Our exhibitions aim to showcase the work of our occupants along with local, regional, and national organizations and institutions. We welcome visual art in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, participatory, video and new media.

We want your videos! We would love to highlight our artists with video content on our website and social media platforms. We are looking for artist talks, art demonstrations, or studio tours. 

We are only excepting .mp4 files so that we can add an intro page to each video with your name, location, and the Sawyer Yards logo. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. 


Below are some guidelines to follow when creating the video.

In ALL videos state:

  • Your Name 
  •  Building affiliation
  • Studio Number (optional)
  • How can the audience get a hold of you? Share your website or social handles (optional)


If you are creating an ARTIST TALK video explain:

  • Background 
  • Medium / Technique
  • Artwork content 
  • What inspires you 
  • Where is your work going or what are you currently working on and creating


If you are creating an ART DEMONSTRATION video explain:

  • Medium / Technique
  • Take us through the process step by step with visuals
  • Have some of the process complete so that you can show progress shots 


If you are creating a Studio Tour video explain:

  • Describe why you love working in your studio
  • Take the audience through the workspace and explain what happens in various locations
  • Share when they can come and visit your studio


Our exhibitions aim to showcase the work of our occupants along with local, regional, and national artists, organizations, and institutions. We welcome visual art in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, video, and new media.

Sawyer Yards has three gallery spaces approximately 2000 SQFT. that are programmed out on a rotating basis. Each gallery hosts four exhibitions per year. 


Project Description:
 

  • Sawyer Yards is accepting exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis. We invite artists and curators to propose exhibition ideas for our gallery spaces.
  • The gallery spaces (3) are approximately 2000 SQFT.
  • Proposals are invited from individual artists, curators, teams, or groups. 
  • The Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program's goal in selecting proposals includes presenting a cross-section of media, content, and diversity over the year while showcasing quality art. 
  • Sawyer Yards Exhibitions reserve the right to refuse the exhibition of work that does not accurately reflect the original proposal. 
  • Sawyer Yards is not responsible for damage or loss or artwork while on view. 
  • Artists are encouraged to insure their work while on view at Sawyer Yards.
  • Publicity will be provided through the Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program. 
  • Open flames and animals are not allowed. Soundtracks and audio must be able to be set on timers to be silenced during theater performances. 

 Evaluation Criteria:

  • Artistic quality: Artists of the highest artistic caliber, as demonstrated by examples of past work.
  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal images, and final work successfully portray the overall goals of the project as well as engaging and inspiring the community.
  • Project management ability: Applicant(s) demonstrate that the Artist has the necessary capability to accomplish the project, and to create and deliver the work on schedule

 Application Requirements:

  1. Resume, no more than three pages.
  2. Letter of Intent, to include contact information, and a description of how the Artist intends to meet the criteria listed above (1,500 words maximum).
  3. Work Examples: Up to ten (10) samples of previous work. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size will be accepted. 
  4. Image List for all Work Examples, to include Artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.

Timeline:

Once your proposal has been reviewed you will receive notification from Sawyer Yards. Upon selection, the gallery and timeline will be determined for the upcoming year. Applicants whose work does not fit the criteria will be notified in a timely manner. 

Please contact Grace Zuñiga with any questions: creativedirector@sawyeryards.com

Our exhibitions aim to showcase the work of our occupants along with local, regional, and national artists, organizations, and institutions. We welcome visual art in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, video and new media.

Project Description:

  • Sawyer Yards is accepting proposals for sculptures in Art Alley. We invite artists and curators to propose ideas for Art Alley. 
  • Art Alley has five concrete sculpture pads, (3) three 7'x5'6" and (2) two 5'x5'. All pads are 6" high and ground level (see diagram here). Artwork must be anchored into the concrete pads unless alternative ways of installation are agreed upon. One artist will be chosen to be shown in Art Alley.
  • Proposals are invited from individual artists, curators, teams, or groups. 
  • A $1000.00 stipend will be given to the selected artist, curator, or team. 
  • Sculptures will be on view for 8 months, January - August 2021.  
  • Sawyer Yards Exhibitions reserve the right to refuse the exhibition of work that does not accurately reflect the original proposal. 
  • Sawyer Yards is not responsible for damage or loss or artwork while on view. 
  • Artists are encouraged to insure their work while on view at Sawyer Yards.
  • Publicity will be provided through the Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program. 
  • Open flames and animals are not allowed. Soundtracks and audio must be able to be set on timers to be silenced during theater performances. 

  Evaluation Criteria:

  • Artistic quality: Artists of the highest artistic caliber, as demonstrated by examples of past work.
  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal images, and final work successfully portray the overall goals of the project. 
  • Project management ability: Applicant(s) demonstrate that the Artist has the necessary capability to accomplish the project, and to create and deliver the work on schedule

  Application Requirements:

  1. Resume, no more than three pages.
  2. Letter of Intent, to include contact information, and a description of how the Artist intends to meet the criteria listed above (1,500 words maximum).
  3. Work Examples: Up to ten (10) samples of previous work. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size will be accepted. 
  4. Image List for all Work Examples to include artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.

 Timeline:
Once your proposal has been reviewed you will receive notification from Sawyer Yards. Applicants whose work does not fit the criteria will be notified in a timely manner.  Please contact Grace Zuñiga with any questions: creativedirector@sawyeryards.com

ON VIEW: December 5, 2020 - January 9, 2021.

Wabi-Sabi will be an exhibition highlighting the artwork of Silver Street studio artists, site curated by Lorena Morales. The concept fits our current life situation as it encompasses finding beauty/meaning in the imperfect as well as the concepts of impermanence, incompleteness, unconventional, natural, simple. 


Artwork will be hung in the main corridors and some of the hallways and everyone is guaranteed one piece in the main hall. We will ask each artist to bring their work to a central location and will send out an email closer to the time about how and when to drop off artwork. The Exhibition Committee will place the side halls and try to put work close to artists' own studios.

In observance of Covid we will ask artists to hang their own work in a standard way and contact the exhibition committee for special requests. The Exhibition Committee will print labels and attach them after the work is hung. If you would like, Thomas Telle will hang work for $5 a piece. Lorena will do the same. If you would like to take advantage of this service please contact Valentina at  valeatkinson@gmail.com. 

Artwork must be hung by Thursday, December 3rd at 8 PM.

The location of each piece will be determined by content and aesthetic in order to create one cohesive exhibition. This selection process will be reasonable for all and we hope that participants trust that we have everyone's best interest at heart.

Each artist will be allowed to submit up to 5 pieces. Please adhere to the concept of Wabi-Sabi closely to present a uniform exhibit. Please do not submit work that does not express Wabi-Sabi.

Exhibition funds will be used to pay for the curation ( $200), labels, and other exhibition needs. 


This will be a site curated exhibition and we will not jury or curate the pieces, but we do ask that each artist think critically about their current work. Please do not submit pieces that have been in the past exhibits at Silver Street Studios.

The submission deadline will be Sunday, November 30th at 11:59 PM. ALL work must go through Submittable and no work will be accepted after Nov. 30th. 

ALL work must be labeled with name, media, dimension, price, studio number, and website. 

SCHEDULE:

  • On View: December 5, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Submission deadline: Sunday, November 30th at 11:59 PM.
  • Deliver Artwork: Tuesday Dec.1st, from 9AM-6 PM. There will be a  check-in table accepting work and volunteers with check the work against the submittable master list and give each piece a number. Work not submitted via Submittable will not be allow and exchanges of pieces will not be accepted. 
  • Artwork Curated: Wednesday, December 2nd
  • Artwork must be hung by Thursday, December 3rd at 8 PM. 


INSTALLATION
For 2 dimensional artists: 

  • Artwork will be hung on nails on the walls.
  • All works must be framed and wired for hanging using D rings or similar. Works with no frames will be considered, but you must be available to install yourself and/or assist with detailed instructions.

 For jewelers/sculptors: We have 8 pedestals. We will have the appropriate pedestals out in the corridor for you.
For Designers: Designers, please let us know if you can use your mannequins to display your work.

Exhibition Guidelines:
Works must:
 

  • be wired for hanging (wire MUST be firmly attached to the back of the piece)
  • use D rings
  • or wooden cleats
  • NO sawtooth hangers or built-in cardboard clips. Painting stretchers will NOT be hung on nails on drywall walls.
  • No Anchor Bolts
  • All works on paper, including photographs, must be framed.
  • All paintings must be dry (NO wet submissions in any media.)
  • Painting stretchers must lay flat against the wall
  • Unframed works will be considered, but artist must be available to install
  • Artist must be available to hang their own heavy works (over 30 lbs) or provide special installation instructions and hardware. Most walls are drywall only.
  • Works on canvas must be framed or have edges appropriate to the image or process
  • Frames must be in good condition (no scratches or loose corners)
  • Artworks must be clean and free of smudges and smears that are not in keeping with the stylistic intent of the artwork
  • Please specify if an electrical outlet is needed before installation!
  • Works sold MUST remain on the walls for the duration of the exhibition. Work accepted for an exhibition may not be substituted, nor will any be permitted to be withdrawn during an exhibition, except in extenuating circumstances, and then only with the approval of the Exhibition Coordinator.
  • All sales are handled directly by the artist. Management will not handle sales in any way.
  • Please provide scrap cardboard/plastic to set delivered work upon.
  • Packing materials will not be returned – We do not have storage capabilities.

  Installation Guideline Additions / Exemptions:
 

  • Large or unframed paper works will be considered at the discretion of the exhibition
  • Headphones or a timer must be installed with all sound works.

  Sawyer Yards is not responsible for damage or theft, however, we will follow professional standards when installing and handling artworks. In addition, we guarantee:
 

  • All works will be hung with weight specific hooks
  • Artworks not meeting the guidelines will not be included in exhibits to avoid damage to other artists’ work
  • If your artwork is difficult to hang/site, too delicate to handle, you will be contacted for assistance.
  • Artists will be contacted to pick up their work if it does not meet the specific guidelines. If it is an easy fix, the Exhibition Coordinator might give you time to do the fix. It is best to look over the guidelines before dropping off work.

  We cannot guarantee:
 

  • that every work will receive its’ own lighting source since all fixtures are permanent
  • specific locations for specific works
  • multiple works by the same artist are hung together