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"Mygration" Call for Art. Deadline: Sept 23, 2017
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David Pang

August 01, 2017    

may include historical references such as the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South, Migration of middle-class white populations during the mid-20th century out of Oakland and the Midwest commonly known as “White Flight,” the Native American Removal Act by President Andrew Jackson, the internment of Japanese Americans in the US during WW2, the prohibition
of Chinese immigrant laborers and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. More current references can be economic resources, war, or environmental havoc affecting war refugees from Syria, Latin Americans escaping violence from their home, or human trafficking and the violence perpetrated towards women and children.
We aspire to bring together artists whose work transforms, shifts observation to participation, and inspires collaborative solutions. Whatever your experience or perspective, make us laugh, bring us to tears; give us pause or surprise us with your perspectives on “Mygration.” Finalists will be featured at the Gallery and semifinalists will be featured in our online exhibition with the finalists.
Call is open to all visual artforms including painting, photography-based work, drawing, sculpture, installation and video. In addition, poets and spoken word artists will be selected to present their work in response to the exhibit.
? Submission deadline is Saturday, September 23, 2017 by 10:59pm
? Finalists and semifinalist will be notified by Saturday, October 7th
? Exhibition of finalists, November 3 – November 25, 2017
Joyce Gordon Gallery, located at 406 14th St. in Oakland, CA.
? A reception for the finalists, will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 -9pm
? Poetry and Spoken Word performance will be held on Saturday, November 4, 1–4pm
? Artist’s talk will be held on Saturday, November 11, 1–4pm
? Delivery and drop off of selected artwork to Joyce Gordon Gallery, October 18– 21,
12 – 5pm. Shipping from October 11 – 21st , 12-5pm (Wed -Fri)
? Pickup of unsold works at Joyce Gordon Gallery, November 27 – 30th, 12 – 5pm.
Artwork not picked up by December 2nd is subject to $5/day storage fee.
? For shipped work please provide return labels and insurance for transporting. No crates accepted due to limited storage.
? Accepted and consigned work shall be insured by the gallery while in gallery. Artist shall assume packing, shipping, insurance costs, liability and all handling expenses incurred in the delivery of the artwork(s) to Joyce Gordon Gallery. The same is to be incurred for the return of the artwork(s)
? Artists received 50% standard gallery commission of works sold
? Selected finalists and semifinalists will be notified for an extended exhibition at Shotwell50 Studio in San Francisco, (, exhibition dates December 4, 2017 to January 26, 2018.
? Entry forms and detailed submission guidelines can be found at Entry fee is $20 (US dollars) and includes up to five works. For questions regarding entry contact: or or call Joyce Gordon Gallery at (510) 465-8928
David Pang, Executive Director of Tea Roots
Starting his artistic career in pristine nature photography, Pang evolved his work to revolve around people in the context of environmental and social backgrounds. Integrating photography and poetry, he launched Tea Party Magazine as a platform to provide inclusion for other emerging artists. After exhibiting his own work in Shanghai, China, Pang evolved the magazine into Tea Roots as an arts production company. Pang has joined with artists from many other disciplines and other arts organizations to branch Tea Roots into visual exhibition and music.
In addition to his photography, Pang has been actively involved with poetry and art in the Bay Area for many years. He co-curated the Artship Wordsmith Series and was on the Steering Committee for the Artship Foundation in Oakland for five years. Also in conjunction with Artship, Pang curated the Artist's Alley for the Annual International Dragonboat Festival at Jack London Square, Oakland. Most recently, Pang is well known for his participation in the Altered Barbie exhibits in San Francisco where Tea Roots artists present literary and music performances.
Nghi Phan, Chief Curator of Tea Roots
Nghi graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Anthropology and minors in Philosophy, Writing (poetry) and Fine Arts (painting, figure drawing, sculpture and printmaking). She has researched issues of human rights, gender and religion in various cultures and is interested in how to cultivate social justice on the individual and collective level. She has traveled internationally to explore different human rights issues on the global scale, including racism, immigration and the effects of tourism in underdeveloped nations.
As an artist and curator, Nghi has an equally zealous passion for the arts and acute eye for work embodying artistic innovativeness, social commentary, and emotional and intellectual engagement. She has interests in depth psychology and Carl Jung’s ideas on the collective unconscious, archetypes and the use of active imagination to resolve complexes and integrate the psyche. In this light, she believes that sharing our collective images through the exhibition of art stemming from all corners of society and a multitude of experiences can only serve to help illuminate and address our social pathologies.
Lordy Rodriguez (Featured Artist)
Lordy Rodriguez was born in the Philippines, raised in Louisiana and Texas, and currently lives and works in Benicia, CA. He obtained his B.F.A. degree from School of Visual Arts, New York
and his MFA at Stanford University. For several years he has been working on a series of ink drawings that critically look at the effect visual languages have on culture and identity through the use of mapping and cartography. His recent exhibitions include, “Tahoe: a Visual History”, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2015), “The Map at Art”, Kemper Museum, St. Louis, MO (2012), “Code Switch” and "The Map is Not the Territory", Hosfelt gallery New York, New York (2013 and 2011 respectively), “Surface Depths”, Nevada Art Museum (2009), “States of America”, Austin Museum of Art (2009), “Optimism in the Age of Global War”, 10th Annual
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, (2007), “The California Biennial”, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2006), as well as public art projects with the San Francisco Arts Commission at San Francisco International Airport and the Federal General Services Administration.
Melorra Green (Artist/Curator)
Melorra Green, M.A. Edm is a curator, artist, radio show host, and community activist. She is a native of Memphis, TN and has called San Francisco home for 14 years. A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, the Academy of Art University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Motion Pictures & Television, and the University of Phoenix where she received a Masters of Arts in Education. Before joining SOMArts, she was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco. In addition to serving as the Curator for Inquiry and Impact at SOMArts, she is also a member of the Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco Executive Committee and the San Francisco Graffiti Advisory Board.
Along with her twin sister, Melonie Green, Melorra has been curating creative art experiences and traditional exhibitions for over seven years. Together they have a niche and love for bringing worlds of obscurity together to create a beautiful cohesive message that leaves the viewer feeling inspired and included and the creator feeling empowered and appreciated.
Tea Roots is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation formed to empower social change through the arts. Founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit publishing program, Tea Roots has become a cultural arts production organization dedicated to establishing equitable access to artistic venues. Tea Roots advances the emergence of artistic works of under-represented writers, visual artists, intellectuals and activists from diverse disciplines, cultures, communities, and fields of study. Tea Roots' programs transcend traditional models of philanthropy by integrating education, leadership, social entrepreneurship, and arts production.
Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland California. The gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.
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