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.

  

Event Details: 

Art @3 Corners 

One day, three buildings, over 150 artists!  The Art @3 Corners open studio event on November 2, 2019 celebrates the intersection of three buildings of artwork. Spend the afternoon with fellow Houstonians and experience fine artwork, music, food and fun. 

From live blues music, artist booths and a food truck outside to exhibitions, live jazz tunes and curated chef creations inside, it will be an afternoon to remember! 

To ensure that visitors are well informed about the event and venue, we need the help of volunteers to direct people and answer their questions. This is a great chance to get to know the Houston creative community and connect with many working artists. Please sign up if you are interested! 


Event Location: 

Spring Street Studios | 1824 Spring St., Houston TX 77007
Sabine Street Studios | 1907 Sabine St., Houston TX 77007
Bill Meek Studio and Gallery | 1903 Spring St., Houston TX 7007

Parking available at 1824 Spring St. and 1907 Sabine St. 


Time: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. 12 – 5 PM 


Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/375802830028507/


Volunteer Tasks: 

- Set up table with provided materials 

- Work as main greeting staff near one of the three open buildings

- Explain event detail and Sawyer Yards’ operation to visitors

- Provide visitors with site map, event schedules, artists directory, and other information as necessary 

- Prompt visitors to fill out feedback survey and sign up for newsletter 

- Communicate issues/needs to Sawyer Yards staff

- Pack up at end of event 

*Please note that your station could be outdoors 


Shifts and Hours:

11:30 – 2:30 pm (6 positions available, 2 people per table) 

2:30 – 5:30 pm (6 positions available, 2 people per table) 

*You may sign up for both shifts 

*Volunteers are allowed to take a 15-minute break, as long as there is at least one person at the table 


Volunteer Perks: 

All volunteers will receive a free Sawyer Yards custom screen-printed tote bag, stickers, and a koozie!


If you have any questions, please contact:
Linda Wu
Art Programming Assistant
programs@sawyeryards.com
210-595-9438

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 a ongoing basis. We invite artists and curators to propose exhibition idea 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 recieved 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 Authentic Selves| A Sabine Street Studios Tenant Exhibition
On View: November 1st, 2019 -  February 8th, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th | 3 - 5 PM

This show is based on the premise that every one of us is made up of myriad facets and personas; at times coexisting harmoniously, and at other times contradictory, even painfully polarized and confusing. We ask you to submit works that are inspired by the various parts of the true you, the authentic you that might be exactly what you present to the world, or that may be quietly aching to be pushed to the surface.


Schedule and Fee: $20 for up to 5 works
As part of an ongoing effort to build awareness of the area's rich art culture and to create a true arts destination within Houston, we continue to implement an exhibition program within all buildings. Entry fees are collected for receptions, marketing, hardware, etc. A 25% maintenance fee is collected for patch and paint of the walls and overage funds are earmarked for future building exhibition needs. Our buildings are venues for both Sawyer Yards tenant-based exhibitions and local, regional, and national organizations.

Entry Form Deadline: Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 11:59 PM
NOTE: This is not a juried exhibit; every attempt will be made to accept all pieces submitted. Artists may submit up to five pieces of artwork each. Works will hang throughout the building’s corridors and the South Gallery.

Artwork Drop Off:  Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 11 AM at South Gallery
All artwork must include appropriate hanging hardware for your piece(s) and have an identification label secured to the back of each piece.  Artwork labels should include artists name, contact information, and piece title, and price or NFS. If for any reason you are unable to drop off artwork on the designated day, please let us know and we will make arrangements. Artwork not dropped off by the deadline will not be included in the exhibit. Please refer to hanging specifications for proper hardware and finishing of submitted artwork.

  
Install Artwork: Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 1 PM

Deinstall Artwork: 

 Saturday, February 8th  - Monday, February 10th
Arrange to have your artwork removed from the walls between 5pm on February 8th and end of day on February 10th. Work not removed by February 10 is likely to be lost or damaged. The deinstall team will take down labels and remove hanging hardware.

Volunteers: Please consider volunteering - Volunteers will meet at 1 PM on installation days noted above.

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 may be removed IF replaced with an artwork similar in scale and no holes are added to the walls within 48 hours and the exhibitions coordinator is informed. A new tag with the correct information must be placed on the wall alongside new piece of work. 
  • 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

  
 

Ends on November 1, 2019$20.00
$20.00

On View: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Saturday, January 11, 2020

Inspiratus II: A Sawyer Yards tenant exhibition explores the inspiration behind artistic creation. 

Inspiratus, Latin for inspiration, reveals a rare glimpse into the process artists use to breathe life into their artwork. Inspiratus will feature tenant artwork and it’s inspiration and will be on view on the 2nd floor of the Winter Street Studio corridors. 


Schedule and Fee:
Entry Form Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM
NOTE:  This is not a juried exhibit; all pieces will be included. Artists may submit up to three pieces of artwork each.

Participation Goal:
Since we plan to hang upstairs on the 2nd floor, we need a minimum of 40 pieces.
 

Artwork Drop Off:
Wednesday, November 6th, 8 to 11 am and 5 to 7 pm
Bring LABELED artwork to the Winter Street Gallery upstairs (east end of the building). We will have a manned check-in station (volunteers needed). Do not leave artwork without checking in. Please make sure your artwork is wired properly or it will not be accepted.

 LABEL:
Artwork labels should include artist name, contact information, and piece title.
Artwork not dropped off by the deadline will not be included in the exhibit.

 Install Artwork:
Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th (volunteers needed)
 

Deinstall Artwork:
January 11 at 5PM until January 13th at 5 PM
Arrange to have your artwork removed from the walls at 5PM January 11th after Second Saturday and before 5 PM on January 13th or it is likely to be lost or damaged. The deinstall team will take down labels and remove hanging hardware.

Participation Cost: 

$20 for up to five works

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