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.

  

Gallery 200 in The Silos at Sawyer Yards is a space for tenants to exhibit their work, organize a group show, or curate an exhibition. The space is programmed out in advance, and there are three time slots available for 2020. 

ALL tenants of Sawyer Yards are eligible to submit a proposal for Gallery 200 in The Silos at Sawyer. Proposals may be submitted for both solo and group exhibitions. All mediums, concepts, and themes will be considered for exhibition.

Sawyer Yards provides the exhibition space, marketing, and exhibition vinyl. Installation, reception, and deinstallation is the responsibility of the artist(s). 


Available 2020 dates:

 May 9, 2020 - July 11, 2020 

 July 25, 2020 - September 19, 2020 

 October 3, 2020 - January 9, 2021 


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. Letter of Intent, to include contact information, a description of the project, and how the Artist intends to meet the criteria listed above (1,500 words maximum).
  2. Work Examples: Up to ten (10) samples of previous work. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size will be accepted. 
  3. Image List for all Work Examples, to include Artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.

 

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

On View: Saturday, August 3 - Saturday, October 12, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 3, 2019 6 - 8 pm | Winter Street Studios

For the second year in a row, the artists of Sawyer Yards will come together for a collaborative show that fosters a spirit of togetherness and inclusion in a time of change and growth. Come Together is an exploration of our communities' artistic vision and the statements resulting from the partnerships and their pieces. This exhibition will feature tenant artwork created in pairs, especially for the show, and will be on view in the Winter Street Studio hallways. There will be an opening reception August 3, 2019 for this exhibit and it will be promoted online and in a printed postcard. 

Schedule and Fee:

Entry Form Deadline: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Artists will submit their entry and specific artwork information after the collaborative piece(s) are created and before the submission form deadline. 

  

NOTE: This is a campus-wide exhibit, open to ALL artists in Sawyer Yards (all buildings included). This is not a juried exhibit; all pieces will be included. This is a collaborative exhibit; two or more artists will work together to create one (or more) new piece(s) which, will be on display. Artists must arrange for their own partners (we will not be pairing up people). Artists may pair up with any other artist in Sawyer Yards (any building) or with an artist from outside of the Sawyer Yards Campus. As long as one artist in the pair is an artist at Sawyer Yards, the pair will be allowed. Artists NOT in Sawyer Yards will pay an extra $10 and will need to sign an additional release form. You may be part of more than one pairing. 

Artwork Information Submission: Please have one artist submit the artwork details for each pairing. Coordinate with your partner(s) to make sure only one person submits the artwork. All artists in the pairing must register for the show but, only one artist needs to submit piece details (image, title, medium, size, etc.).

Participation Goal: Since we plan to create new pieces in pairs, we need a minimum of 60 artists.

Artwork Drop Off: Friday, July 26, 2019 either 8 am - 12 pm or 5 - 7:30 pm

ALL artists from ALL buildings: labeled artwork should be delivered to the Winter Street Studios gallery, 2nd floor by 7:30 pm. Artwork will not be collected from outside your studios. Please include appropriate hanging hardware for your piece(s).

Artwork labels should include artists name, contact information, and title. 

Artwork not dropped off by the deadline will not be included in the exhibit. 

Install Artwork: Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (volunteers needed)

Uninstall Artwork: Sunday October 13, 2019 by 5pm 

Arrange to have your artwork removed from the walls between 5 pm on Saturday, October 12 and 5 pm on Sunday, October 13. Work not removed by October 13 is likely to be lost or damaged. The uninstall team will take down labels and remove hanging hardware.

Participation Cost: $20 per person for Sawyer Yards artists, $30 Non-Sawyer Yards artist

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.

Volunteers: Please consider volunteering! Volunteers for the installation will meet in the Winter Street Studios gallery at the beginning of the times listed above. Artists from all buildings may volunteer.

Additional questions may be directed to Emily Dingmann Studio A1, Winter Street Studios, emily@emilydingmann.com, 713-992-7690.

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

Since opening, both locations of Max’s Wine Dive in Houston (the Heights and Montrose) feature local artists’ works on the walls in an effort to promote those artists.  Currently, Tra Slaughter has some oversized pieces hanging at both locations and its been quite a conversation starter for the guests.  In order to show more artists, we plan to implement a program of changing the art every 3 months and are therefore reaching out to the Sawyer Yards artist community.


Project Guidelines:
 

  •  Upload at least 5 samples for consideration.
  • Looking for all types of media (including photography)
  • Prefer sizes greater than 12”, but smaller installations will be considered in groupings
  • Seeking 6 - 10 pieces, depending on the size.  Current installation includes 6 very large paintings (some 4’ x 5’)
  • Artist to install (can provide employees to assist)
  • Max’s will host a happy hour to promote the new installation and promote artist on Max’s social media
  • Okay to post pricing and contact info and 100% of sale proceeds go to artist
  • The art at Max’s Wine Dive on Washington is displayed on a brick wall approximately 35 feet long
  • The art at Max’s Wine Dive on Fairview is displayed on a wood paneled wall approximately 40 fee long


 Submission Deadline: Ongoing
 

The TANK Project Space is a small experimental art space located in Spring Street Studios of the Sawyer Yards campus that is dedicated as an installation space for visual artists. The gallery is scheduled for 3 rounds of exhibitions in 2020.  


Project Description:
 

  • Create an installation for TANK Space at Spring Street Studios
  • The gallery space is 8’11” x 11’11” with a ten foot tall ceiling and concrete floors. There are two rows of track lights on the ceiling, and two wall outlets. The space is typically left locked and is viewed through a large window along the 11’11” wall. The door is 23” x 6’7” with a full length window and can remain open for the duration of the exhibition. Reference images attached below. 
  • Selected artists will be given a key to the space and building entry instructions for the purpose of installation and deinstallation. All hardware must be removed from walls and ceiling at completion.
  • Proposals are invited from individual artists, teams or groups. 
  • Selected artists are highly encouraged to apply for the Houston Arts Alliance Let Creativity Happen! Express Grant.
  • The Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program's goal in selecting exhibits includes presenting a cross section of media, content, and diversity over the year while showcasing quality installation art. 
  • Sawyer Yards Exhibitions reserve the right to refuse the exhibition of work that does not accurately reflect the original proposal. 
  • If the installation requires that the door stay open, neither 1824 Spring Street Ltd. nor the TANK Space is responsible for damage or loss.
  • 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. Please provide at least two (2) sample designs of the proposed installation.
  4. Image List for all Work Examples, to include Artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.

 Timeline:
There are three (3) time slots available for the 2020 exhibition calendar, with one week of deinstallation and one week of installation time allotted between each round: 

  • May 9 - July 11, 2020 (9 weeks duration)    
  • July 25 - September 19, 2020 (8 weeks duration)    
  • October 3, 2020 - January 9, 2021 (14 weeks duration)     


 Please contact Grace Zuñiga with any questions: creativedirector@sawyeryards.com
The deadline to apply is Friday September 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM. 


Reference images below: 


Outside View 1 


Outside View 2 


Window and Door 


For extra reference images, please visit the TANK Project Space FaceBook album