Selections Juried Exhibition will coincide with ArtPadSF at the legendary Phoenix Hotel during Art Fair Week in San Francisco. ArtSpan produces the exhibition as a vehicle to launch emerging artists’ careers as well as nurture established artists by presenting their work to a distinguished panel of art professionals. Deadline: April 25, 2012


ArtSpan member artists are invited to submit a portfolio of artwork for consideration to be exhibited this May at ArtPadSF during the Art Fair Week in San Francisco, May 17-20, 2012. The Selections 2012 Juried Exhibition elevates artists from the San Francisco Open Studios circle and into a more visible place of honor. Because success as a professional artist relies on opportunities to be recognized as exceptional, ArtSpan produces the exhibition as a vehicle to launch emerging artists’ careers as well as nurture established artists by presenting their work to a distinguished panel of art professionals. This year, artists will be juried by notable Bay Area collectors who will select work from up to five artists to be displayed at this prestigious San Francisco event.

On May 17th, 2012, over 10,000 art enthusiasts and collectors will come together to launch ArtPadSF 2012, a boutique art fair like no other in the Bay Area. ArtPadSF is an international platform for the most exciting works of the contemporary art scene. Inspired by its host, the legendary Phoenix Hotel, ArtPadSF offers the perfect balance of substance and style. The electric atmosphere of ArtPadSF is palpable. Ignited by its intimate scale and unique terrain, the fair attracts dealers and collectors who seek community, conversation, and innovation. ArtPadSF offers serious art dealers the opportunity to exhibit in distinct spaces, customized to their aesthetic, without getting lost in a sea of booths. With notable cultural and innovative partners, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative, and an unparalleled marketplace for art.

April 25, 2012, 11:59 pm PST: APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 30, 2012: Online portfolio complete
May 4, 2012: Artists notified
May 7-12, 2012: Studio visits with selected artists
May 14-16, 2012: Installation of selected works
May 17, 2012: Opening night reception at ArtPadSF
May 20, 2012: Exhibition closes

Open to all 2011 SF Open Studios artists and 2011/2012 Basic Artist Members working in all media. If you are not a current ArtSpan artist member, see HOW TO APPLY to find out how to join so you can submit your artwork to Selections 2012.

Artist portfolios will be reviewed by a panel of notable Bay Area art collectors who all share a love of Bay Area arts and artists. We seek applications from artists working in all media that complement ArtPadSF’s commitment to contemporary art.  

The criteria by which we will be considering each proposal are as follows: 
• High level of artistic maturity
• Distinct point of view
• Compelling statement of purpose / artist statement

Once selected, artists must be available for a studio visit during the week of May 7-12th. Artwork will be chosen from available work and must be ready to hang on Monday, May 14th. Artwork must be for sale and available through the close of the exhibition on Sunday, May 20th. ArtSpan will consign the selected artworks and retain a 50% commission on sales. Artists who have gallery representation must obtain permission from said gallery for ArtSpan to display and sell artwork at ArtPadSF. ArtSpan will insure all works up to $60,000 and pay applicable sales tax for all sales.

• You must be a current ArtSpan member to apply
• Complete the online entry form by April 25, 2012
• Upload artwork images and add your artist statement directly to your artist profile on by April 30, 2012
  Login Instructions will be available on the confirmation page, after you submit the entry form
• Your portfolio of artwork and artist statement will be viewed by the jurors directly from your profile
• If you are not a current ArtSpan artist member, you can become a Basic Artist Member ($30) online:
• Email [email protected] to set up your online artist profile on by April 25, 2012.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact us by email at [email protected]

April 25th, 2012 11:59 PM   through   11:59 PM

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