Southern Exposure’s Call for Visual Arts Work by Bay Area Gen Z/Youth Artists

Southern Exposure invites Bay Area Artists to submit new visual work for the Bay Area Youth Culture Exhibition, curated by the Youth Advisory Board.

Entry Fee
Absolutely none! Never! Nope!

Submission Deadline:
Thursday March 28, 2019, 11:59 PM

Who is eligible:
Open to Youth Artists or Artists living in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Artists may work in collaboration with artists from outside the Bay Area. Work selected for this exhibition will exemplify Southern Exposure’s mission and our commitment to supporting new, innovative, risk-taking contemporary visual art practices.

For the purposes of this exhibition, we are looking at current Youth Culture identified by Gen Z, defined by some as being born between the mid 1990's and early 2000's.

What work will be considered:

  • Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional Work: Photography, Painting, Drawing, Illustration, Collage, Zines, Sculpture, etc.
  • Time-Based/Film/Cinema Work: Under 10 minutes
  • Work must have been completed in 2017-2019
  • Please only submit completed work
  • Work must be ready to be delivered to Southern Exposure, ready for installation by April 26, 2019


Jurying and Notification:

Artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibition will be notified by email by 7:00 PM on Friday, April 5, 2019. Don’t email us. We’ll email you!
Exhibition Dates:

Opening Reception: May 3, 2019, 7:00–9:00 PM
May 3–May 25, 2019



The Youth Advisory Board (YAB)  is a dedicated group of youth artists who work to promote and facilitate youth involvement at Southern Exposure. In weekly meetings, YAB members initiate and organize art events, exhibitions, and projects for Southern Exposure. The program offers youth artists, of all skill levels, a professional space and forum to work on creative projects, and talk about youth presence in the local art landscape.


Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our space at 3030 20th Street, and off-site, in the public realm.
An active presence in the Mission District of San Francisco since 1974, SoEx is continually evolving in response to the needs of artists and the community while engaging the public in artists' work. Central to our mission is to remain the most accessible space for visual artists to produce and present new work, learn, and connect. SoEx provides visual artists with the tools and resources they need to experiment in an open and supportive environment. We also work to advocate to new, diverse audiences and build an ever-growing community of enthusiasts and supporters of the visual arts.

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