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.

This exhibition is a quarterly rotating show open to all Winter Street tenants. The goal is to create a semi-permanent show of tenant artworks that fills up all 1st floor corridors. The exhibition periods for the remainder of 2021 are as follows: 

  • February 13 – July 10, 2021 
  • August 14, 2021 - January 8, 2022


Submission Deadline:  Sunday, February 7th | 11:59 pm


Submission Guideline: Each artist can submit up to two (2) pieces. This is not a juried exhibition, all submissions will be accepted. Artworks will be curated and hung in an order that creates optimal flow, and we cannot guarantee the placement of pieces in a preferred location.

Artwork Drop Off:  Have artwork leaning against the walls in the downstairs corridors by 9 AM on Monday, February 8th. Artwork will be curated in the space by 12 PM.

Participation Cost: $0

Volunteers: Volunteers needed, please consider helping out with hanging the artwork.

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 Anchors
  • 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
  • Artists 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 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 the 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

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

Upload 2 different images - the images should be 300 dpi, and cropped for 5 x 5.

Collective Remix | A Sabine Street Studios Tenant Exhibition
On View: February 13 - May 8, 2021

The exhibition features a variety of artwork from artists at Sabine Street Studios and explores the variety of mediums within the building.

Fee:  $0 for 5 works
We typically charge a nominal fee for artist exhibitions, at this time I am waiving fees. 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: Friday, February 5, 2021 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 in the South Gallery and throughout the corridors if needed.

Artwork Drop Off:  Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5 PM in 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. If artwork is not dropped off by the deadline it will not be included in the exhibit. Artwork will be curated in the gallery Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 AM. Please refer to hanging specifications for proper hardware and finishing of submitted artwork.  


Install Artwork: Tuesday, February 9th at 12 PM - Thursday, February 12th at 5 PM.
Due to social distancing practices, I ask that each artist hang their own work once it is placed. I will curate artwork in the gallery Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 AM. I will leave a label for you to hang with your artwork at this time. All artwork must be hung by Friday, February 12th at 5 PM in time for Second Saturday.
Hanging Instructions

Deinstall Artwork: Sunday, May 9th - Tuesday, May 11th


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


Artist Roll Call | A Summer Street Studios Tenant Exhibition
On View: February 13 - May 8, 2021

The exhibition features a variety of artwork from artists at Sabine Street Studios and explores the variety of mediums within the building.

Fee:  $0 for 5 works
We typically charge a nominal fee for artist exhibitions, at this time I am waiving fees. 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, February 7, 2021 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 in the corridors of the building.

Artwork Drop Off:  Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 8 PM in the main corridor
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. If artwork is not dropped off by the deadline it will not be included in the exhibit. Artwork will be curated in the gallery Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00 AM. Please refer to hanging specifications for proper hardware and finishing of submitted artwork.  

Install Artwork: Tuesday, February 9th at 12 PM - Thursday, February 12th at 5 PM.
Due to social distancing practices, I ask that each artist hang their own work once it is placed. I will curate artwork in the corridors Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00 AM. I will leave a label for you to hang with your artwork at this time. All artwork must be hung by Friday, February 12th at 5 PM in time for Second Saturday.

Hanging Instructions

Deinstall Artwork: Sunday, May 9th - Tuesday, May 11th

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 Anchors
  • 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 the 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


On View: February 13 - May 8, 2021

Details:   With the close of 2020, we are looking forward to the upcoming year with optimism and hope. Renewal is an exhibition featuring artwork from Winter Studio Artists that conveys a fresh outlook and the excitement to resume normalcy as we move into the new year.  This exhibition is open to all Winter Street tenants. Works will be on view in the corridors of the building on the 2nd floor and will feature a variety of artwork from artists exploring the variety of mediums within the building.


Submission Guidelines:  Each artist may submit up to (5) five works. 


*We need volunteers for the exhibition committee if you are interested in helping with this exhibition please check the box below.
*NO SUBMISSIONS PAST THE DEADLINE OR OUTSIDE OF SUBMITTABLE WILL BE ACCEPTED

Fee:  $0 for 5 works  We typically charge a nominal fee for artist exhibitions, at this time I am waiving fees. 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, February 7th 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 in the 2nd Floor corridors. 

 
Artwork Drop Off:  By Monday, February 8th 10 AM in the Winter Street 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. If artwork is not dropped off by the deadline it will not be included in the exhibit. Artwork will be curated throughout the 2nd floor Monday, February 8th beginning at 10 AM. Please refer to hanging specifications for proper hardware and finishing of submitted artwork.  


Install Artwork: Monday, February 8th at 3 PM - Thursday, February 11th at 5 PM. 

*We need volunteers for the exhibition committee if you are interested in helping with this exhibition please check the box below.

Deinstall Artwork: Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5 PM - Tuesday, May 11th by 7 PM. Work not removed by May 11th runs the risk of being lost or damaged.   


Installation: This exhibition will a supervised self-hung exhibition. Work should be hung gallery style (in a row), not salon-style (stacked)  unless the work is a series intended to hang together at 60 in center.  (1) One piece will be hung directly outside or as close as possible to the artist's studio. Any others included will be placed to create interest and flow for the exhibition.

Proposed Schedule:

  • Sunday, February 7th at 11:59 PM  | Submissions due through Submittable by 11:59 PM
  • By Monday, February 8th 10 AM at the latest | Selected work placed in the gallery
  • Monday, February 8th at 3 PM - Thursday, February 11th at 5 PM | Installation  
  • February 13 - May 8, 2021 | Exhibition on View
  • Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 5 PM - Tuesday, May 11th by 7 PM | Take Down Artwork

 
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 or near an artists' studio

On View: February 13 - May 8, 2021

Details:   This exhibition is open to all Silos tenants. Works will be on view in the corridors of the building except in Gallery 100 and Gallery 200. 


Submission Guidelines:  Each artist may submit up to (5) five of their favorite works. Depending on the number of submissions we may reduce the number to (4) four pieces of artwork per each tenant. Please indicate which ONE piece you would like displayed nearest to your studio.  


Gallery Submissions: Gallery spaces can submit the maximum number of pieces per entry per each person on the lease. For example, if there are two leaseholders the gallery will be able to submit the number of pieces per each exhibition. So if the submission calls for five pieces galleries can submit a total of 10. If the call is for three pieces galleries will be allowed to submit 6 and so on. It is up to the gallery to decide which pieces are submitted for the exhibition. 


*We need volunteers for the exhibition committee if you are interested in helping with this exhibition please check the box below. 


*NO SUBMISSIONS PAST THE DEADLINE OR OUTSIDE OF SUBMITTABLE WILL BE ACCEPTED 


Installation: This exhibition will be hung by the exhibitions committee. (1) One piece will be hung directly outside or as close as possible to the artist's studio. Any others included will be placed to create interest and flow for the exhibition. 


Submission Fee: $0

Proposed Schedule: 

  • Sunday, February 7th at 11:59 PM | Submissions due through Submittable by 11:59 PM
  • Monday, February 8th | Selected work brought to the hallways of the Silos ready to hang by 5pm
  • Tuesday, February 9th | Artwork placed throughout the building
  • Wednesday, February 10th - Friday, February 12th  | Installation  
  • February 13 - May 8, 2021 | Current Artwork on View
  • TBD | Take Down Artwork
  • *Please note that we are reevaluating the logistics of exhibitions and will be making some changes in May. We will send a note out prior to the 8th on how we will be proceeding with exhibitions for the rest of the year. 

 
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 or near an artists' studio