Call for Art

SHOUT! 2017 Open Call for Artists

Theme: Self and Transition

Proposal submission Deadline: December 9, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Swords to Plowshares is celebrating its 9th annual SHOUT! for Women Veterans and Service Members exhibition with an open call for women artists who have served or are currently serving in the military. The theme of the exhibition, Self and Transition, seeks to illuminate the experiences of women veterans and service members as they begin and end service. In what ways do they find strength and how do they build resiliency during these times of change? In what ways have they felt vulnerable or experienced difficulty adapting to civilian, family or military life? In what ways have their perceptions of self been altered or transformed by their service?

SHOUT! 2017 aims to elevate the voices and experiences of women veterans and service members through artistic expression. This annual event explores the intersections of art, community, health and healing and is attended by hundreds of supporters each year.

To apply, please complete the following form by December 9, 2016 with your project proposal. Four artists will be chosen by December 16, 2016. Selected artists and will receive a $500 stipend received in two installments to be used towards creation of their work. All mediums will be considered, and we will consider work that has already been created as it pertains to the theme. We are selecting artists based on creative interpretation of theme, level of professionalism, and ability to commit to all deadlines and event requirements.

Deadlines & Requirements

  • Proposals due by December 9, 2016
  • Artists must be available to meet with Swords to Plowshares Event Coordinator between January 9, 2017 – January 20, 2017 to complete a pre-exhibition interview
  • Artwork must be completed and delivered to our San Francisco offices no later than March 8, 2017
  • Artists must be available to participate in panel discussion about creative process and intention of piece/s on March 16, 2017 at Zendesk (1019 Market Street, San Francisco, CA)

Ability to attend and participate in the event is requirement of this opportunity. Please confirm your availability and willingness to attend SHOUT! for Women Veterans and Service Members and participate in panel discussion on March 16th, 2016.

Project Proposal

Please compose the answers in a Word document and pasting them into the form. The form can only be submitted once and cannot be edited after submission.

Media expected to be used for your piece/s (i.e. charcoal on paper, collage, photography, video, etc.)
In 250 words or less, please describe your piece/s?

Please provide a biographical artist statement. In 500 words or less describe how your piece/s relate to the theme, Self and Transition, and what you hope to convey to the audience.

Upload a sample image of your artwork (required)

Artist Release and Waiver of Liability

Artist Release: I, the above named, hereby assume all risks and hazards incidental to any participation in the SHOUT! for Women Veterans and Service Members exhibition sponsored by Swords to Plowshares. The artist warrants and represents that he or she is the sole legal owner of all rights, titles and interest in all artwork, including all related intellectual property interests such as trademarks and the sole and exclusive copyright in all artwork, and has the full right and authority to enter into this agreement and grant the rights granted in this agreement. Delivery and pickup of artwork will be the sole responsibility of the artist. Artwork that has been accepted will need to be delivered to Swords to Plowshares by March 8, 2017. The work must be display-ready.

Waiver of Liability: I do hereby expressly release and hold harmless the parties listed below:

  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Zendesk
  • and all of its staff, volunteers, individually and collectively,

from liability for all damages to or for the loss of the artwork that I am voluntarily submitting, including transportation to and from activities. I do hereby release and hold harmless the above listed parties from any claim arising from and usage of the facilities. I have read, understand, and agree to the policies as stated above.