Call Detail

9th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show
Sanchez Art Center
1220-B Linda Mar Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044

Entry Deadline: 5/16/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (9th Annual Sanchez Art Center 50|50 Show): $25.00

View Site Details

Sept 1–Oct 1, 2017

THE PROJECT: Accepted artists will create 50 small works (6” x 6”) over the course of 50 days. Each artist chooses a theme for their 50 pieces, and uses a single medium throughout the 50-piece series. Creation of works by participating artists will begin June 12 and end July 31, 2017. The exhibition will run September 1 – October 1, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY: California artists age 18 and over.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: Benefits of participating include an intense creative experience; being part of a great exhibition of over 3,000 works and an estimated audience of 1,000 or more viewers; fellowship with other artists; and a spectacular opportunity to make works available for sale to people who might not be able to afford your larger pieces.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Entries must be submitted online by 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

JUROR: Jack Fischer is the founder and curator of the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, California. After many years at 49 Geary Art Galleries, Fischer relocated in 2013 to the growing art district of Potrero Flats, a new gallery hot spot in San Francisco, where there are now five galleries within two blocks of each other, and where the Jack Fischer Gallery continues to exhibit intriguing work by important California artists. The inaugural exhibit in Fischer’s new gallery space showcased work by Ward Schumaker and was listed among art critic Kenneth Baker’s top ten that year. Recent shows include work by Heather Wilcoxon; Ken Graves; Kevin B. Chen; Christina Empedocles; Dan Lydersen; Lauren DiCioccio; Henrik Drescher; Bill Dane; Vanessa Woods; and Catie O’Leary. Mr. Fischer has also opened a satellite gallery at the Minnesota Street Project, joining ranks with important galleries such as Rena Bransten, Eleanor Harwood, Nancy Toomey, and Anglim Gilbert. 

ABOUT SANCHEZ ART CENTER: The mission of Sanchez Art Center is to create community through art. Sanchez Art Center was established in 1996 when artists and community members converted an old school into a multi-use arts complex that now includes 3 galleries, 19 art studios, an arts classroom, and the Mildred Owen Concert Hall. Sanchez Art Center offers exhibitions by established and emerging artists. We make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by offering a variety of free exhibitions and lectures, affordable studio rentals, workshops and classes for teens and adults, and after-school art classes, summer camps, and in-school art classes for kids, as well as community art projects and opportunities.

APPLY: At the 50|50 Show application page, you will be prompted to state your proposed theme and describe your medium. Themes must not be longer than 10 words. You may also post a description of your work or process (300 characters maximum). Submit 3 artwork images in the medium you will use. You should choose artworks that are samples of your best work in that medium. Jpegs uploaded to CaFE must be at least 1920 pixels on one side, under 5 MB, and have a resolution of 72 ppi/dpi. CaFE will scale your uploaded images, creating a thumbnail and a larger image. Please review CaFE’s “Media Prep” page for details.

ENTRY FEES: A non-refundable $25 fee is required at the time of entry. An additional $75 participation fee is due upon acceptance to cover the costs of materials and other exhibition expenses such as publicity and marketing. Accepted artists will be required to come to Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica in order to pick up their 50 panels. See “Materials” and “Media” below for more information about panels.

MATERIALS: Sanchez Art Center will furnish each artist with 50 unprimed non-archival medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels, 6” x 6” with nail holes pre-drilled, and will provide hanging supplies (nails, adhesive putty) and installation templates. With SAC approval, other 6” x 6” panels may be used at the artist’s expense (small canvases, etc.) as long as the presentation is professional in appearance and there is a rigid support for the work (i.e., no paper or fabric may be placed directly on the wall). Artists providing their own panels or shelves must still pay the $75 participation fee. Variations must be approved by Sanchez Art Center in advance.

MEDIA: All fine art visual media will be accepted. Artists may prime and paint on panels, or attach canvas, drawings, or watercolor paper. 3D sculptures may be attached to wall-mounted panels, or stand on SAC-approved shelves provided and installed by artist. All works must fit in allocated space of 6” x 6” x 6”. If your work requires a different approach, contact us for approval as soon as possible.

INSTALLATION: Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down their own works on the scheduled dates (see “Delivering & Installing”). The 6” square panels will be hung unframed, 7 high and 7 across, with 1” between panels. A template will be used to mark off the spacing. One work will be hung separately next to the 49-panel square, and this 50th piece may be framed (optional). The finished panels should be signed and dated (but not numbered) on the back. Display space for each artist will be the decision of the Art Center. Bring a hammer, a level, and a stepladder if you need one (the highest row will be 82” from the floor). Allow 3 hours to install.

DISPLAY MATERIALS – BIO/STATEMENT/TITLES/LABELS: Each artist will prepare an 8.5" x 11" bio and an artist statement to hang next to their 50-panel exhibit. Artists who titled each panel may also hang a 1-page sheet listing the titles in the order of display. Artists may also hang a page with thumbnail images in order of display. These pages should be printed on white card stock and hung according to the template provided. SAC will print labels (name, city, theme, medium, price) based on text to be provided by the artist no later than Tuesday, August 1. NO OTHER MATERIALS MAY BE PLACED AT YOUR DISPLAY. No merchandise tables or cards on the wall. No small merchandise items (cards, books, etc.). A table will be provided for business cards. 

GALLERY HOURS: Each artist will be encouraged to gallery sit from 1 to 3 pm or 3 to 5 pm for one day (Friday–Sunday) during the show.

PRICING AND SALES: The 50|50 Show is a fundraising event, and all artworks will be for sale. All works of an individual artist must have the same price, except the 50th piece if it is framed. Guideline for pricing: $50 to $175 each (not mandatory). Minimum price is $35. Artists have the option of offering 10% off purchases of 2 or more panels. No new work may be substituted for pieces sold; this includes photography. Pre-sales are allowed as long as the pre-sold work is included in artists’ displays for the ticketed Preview Fundraiser and the Open-Door Reception. SAC will process sales and sales tax, and will take a 30% commission. Buyers take their purchases with them at time of sale.

PUBLICITY: SAC will send a press release and calendar listing to print and online media, send printed announcement postcards to its mailing list, and send electronic announcements to its email list. Artists will receive 25 postcards each at the July 10 Artists Gathering. Additional cards will be available at cost. An email format will also be provided. Mention on artist websites, blogs, and forums is encouraged.

DELIVERING & INSTALLING: All artwork must be delivered and installed by the artist between 1 and 5 pm on Sat Aug 26, Sun Aug 27, or Mon Aug 28. Space locations will be assigned by lottery at the time each artist checks in. Templates will be pre-hung in each space; this will allow all artists to hang their works in the uniform grid pattern used throughout the galleries for this event. No partial deliveries. No wet paintings. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Entry Deadline:   Tues May 16,  11 pm (PST) 

Accepted artists notified:        Thurs May 25

Pick up panels, pay $75 fee:   Sat June 3, 1–5 pm

Day 1 of 50:                      Mon June 12

Artists’ Gathering:          Sun July 16, 2 pm

Share your progress and challenges! Bring a sample or two! Postcards will be distributed.

Day 50 of 50:             Mon July 31

Confirm label text:      Tues Aug 1

Deliver & install artwork:  Sat-Sun-Mon, Aug 26-27-28, 1–5 pm

Preview Fundraiser:    Fri Sept 1, 6–8 pm

Open-Door Reception:  Fri Sept 1, 8–9:30 pm

Last day of show:       Sun Oct 1, 1–5 pm

Remove artwork:      Sun Oct 1, 5–7 pm; Mon Oct 2, 1–5 pm


Call: 650.355.1894



Visit: 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1–5 pm during exhibits (except opening Fridays), and by appointment

Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1–5 pm