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Call for Art!

genARTS is pleased to announce our third annual experimental exhibition, genARTS Open: Who Are You? This year, we are inviting emerging artists from Santa Clara County to submit a work of art that captures your voice, identity or essence to be considered for the exhibition.


The exhibition will feature two dimensional artworks. We are looking for artwork that is innovative, thought-provoking, and reflective of each artist’s unique identity.


This year marks a moment of introspection for genARTS as we step into a new chapter. We want to get to know our community and we invite you to show us who you are through your artwork. Let’s come together to connect with each other through our art, and learn more about the diverse and vibrant community of emerging artists in Santa Clara County!

Submissions are now closed and jurying is underway. Artists will be informed regarding their submission in the coming weeks.

Submission Guidelines


  • All self-identified emerging artists are encouraged to apply and from all backgrounds. No prior exhibiting experience required

  • Artists must live or work in Santa Clara County to participate

  • Artists must be members of genARTS Silicon Valley to participate (artists may sign-up for membership through the submission form if not already members) 

Artwork submission
  • There is no submission fee

  • Artists may submit 1 work of art

  • Artwork may be a maximum size of 24 by 24 inches. Please let us know if your artwork is an unusual shape 

  • Artwork must be 2 dimensional works on paper, canvas or other flat material that can hang. Sculptures and videos will not be accepted

  • Please note that Crema Coffee is a public venue and appreciates artwork to have no overtly political and sexual content

  • Accepted artwork will be displayed at Crema Coffee, 1202 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

  • Accepted artwork must remain on the wall for the duration of the exhibit

  • Accepted artwork sold during the duration of the exhibit are subject to a 20% commission to genARTS Silicon Valley. All artists are responsible for handling their own artwork sales and sales will go directly through the artist. Commission to genARTS Silicon Valley can be paid at the end of the exhibit. We will email instructions at that point in time

  • Artists must be available to drop-off artwork on Monday-Tuesday August 7-8. Specific instructions including drop-off hours will be emailed to accepted artists

  • Artworks must be dropped off, ready to hang with hanging wire (no string please). Any frames should be in good condition. Any questions on this? Feel free to reach out to us. 

  • Artists must be available to pick-up artwork from Crema on Friday-Saturday September 29-30 


Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out to us anytime by email at or DM us on Instagram @genartssv.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: Sunday, July 16 at midnight 

  • Artwork drop-off: Monday-Tuesday, August 7-8

  • Opening reception: Saturday, August 12

  • Closing reception: Saturday, September 9

  • Artwork pick-up: Friday-Saturday, September 29-30

Jurying Criteria

Jurors will read accompanying artist statements as part of the jurying process. Artworks will be juried into the exhibition based on:

  • creativity and originality of concept

  • connection to theme

  • technical proficiency 

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