A Call for International Photography: "Picturing Power & Potential"

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Picturing Power & Potential: A Call for International Photography

Submissions Guidelines


The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery's Art at City Hall (SFAC Gallery) program has teamed up with the International Museum of Women to coordinate and present a large-scale photography exhibition at San Francisco City Hall that will include works by artists across the globe centered on the theme of women and the global economy.  As a project of Economica, the Picturing Power & Potential photography exhibition will include a global celebration of women as economic change-agents in as many as fifty photographs selected from this call for submissions. The chosen submissions will be presented in the physical exhibition in San Francisco City Hall and to global audiences on the IMOW Web site.


  • ELIGIBILITY: All living artists worldwide working in a digital photography format. Because the exhibition is sited at San Francisco City Hall, we are especially interested in including works by artists from the Bay Area of California alongside artists from across the globe. All work should have been completed post 2000, and special attention will be paid to those who submit work created in the past five years. No entry fee required.
  • SUBJECT MATTER: We are looking for works that demonstrate how women are participating in the current global economy as leaders and agents of positive change.
  • MEDIUM: Photographic works that can be printed via a digital file are eligible. There is no set stylistic requirement; meaning that we will accept all two-dimensional works using any photographic process including photo-essays, portraits, candids and digitally derived or manipulated photos.
  • PRINTING AND FRAMING: All works will be printed in either a vertical or horizontal 16" x 20" format. The prints will be produced in San Francisco by RayKo Photo Center and framed in simple black metal frames with white mats.


  • To submit work you must first register or login to the I.M.O.W. Community.
  • Click the + sign next to the SUBMISSIONS section on your profile page and follow the instructions.
  • You can also submit your work through the I.M.O.W online form. Please note that you MUST be logged in to access the online form. 
  • Make sure to select Picturing Power & Potential under the "Submissions Theme" dropdown menu.
  • Review I.M.O.W.'s terms and policies


  • Submissions must be your own original work
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a minimum 100-word description
  • Images must be submitted as .jpg, .gif, or .bmp files sized at 600 pixels wide with a minimum resolution of 72 dpi (300 dpi preferred); limit 10 images per submission
  • If you have questions or trouble submitting, e-mail submissions@imow.org. We encourage you to explore Economica's themes for inspiration, or come up with your own. Economica features the contributions, experiences, struggles and successes of women worldwide as they participate in the economy. We invite you to share your thoughts and creativity about the issues that most affect women's economic participation.

DEADLINE:Submissions must be received by APRIL 10, 2010. Late submissions will not be considered. Early submissions are encouraged.
IMPORTANT DATESApril 10 Submissions deadline
April 20 Jury panel meets to make decisions
April 22 & 23 Notify selected artists with contract (emails will be sent)
April 25 Artist accepts contract (notify SFAC Gallery via email)
April 28 Deadline for selected artists to upload digital files
June 8 Exhibition launch and Opening reception at City Hall, 5:30 - 7:30pm

To learn more about the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, visit their Web site.

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