Entry Deadline extended – June 15, 2020

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Axis Gallery is pleased to have Marcela Pardo Ariza, artist and curator based in San Francisco, CA as juror for the 15th National Juried Exhibition.

Axis Gallery invites you to submit work that honors and celebrates platonic intimacy, touch, and tenderness.

In a time of oversaturated digital interaction, social isolation, and unintentional solitude, the exhibition Con Cariño/ With Tenderness, is an ode to the importance of face to face interaction, of touch and intimacy, and genuine vulnerability in the presence of others. How do we bring people together? How do we celebrate the people around us? How do we reiterate our need for intimacy? How do we thoughtfully exist in social and public spaces?

For this open call, we invite artists to submit work that is radically thinking about caring and togetherness.

We plan to present this exhibit in our gallery space in downtown Sacramento. However, as you are no doubt aware, public health directives can shift rapidly, so the exhibit may shift to an alternative format if necessary. If your work is selected, we may ask you to provide a high-resolution image of your work.

Eligibility & Media

  • Open to artists residing in the U.S.
  • Contemporary original 2D and 3D work in any medium including painting, print, drawings, video, photography, or digital images.
  • 2D work should not exceed a framed size of 48” in the longest dimension.
  • 3D work is limited to 36” and not more than 60 lbs
  • Videowork
    • must be 5 min or shorter (this work will be rotate on a 60” monitor installed in the gallery with other accepted work)
    • the artist must provide and install their own equipment. Monitors should be no larger than 30” diagonal. If sound is integral to the work, please provide headphones for viewers.
  • All work must be original (no reproductions), produced within the last two years and not previously shown at Axis Gallery.
  • Work with complex installations or video will be included at the discretion of the juror and gallery.

About the Juror

Marcela Pardo Ariza (b. Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist and curator who explores transhistorical and intergenerational kinship, alternate forms of representation while celebrating the erroneous through constructed photography and site-specific installations. Marcela has organized public programs and exhibitions at Southern Exposure, CTRL SHFT Collective, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Noroof Gallery, Knockdown Center and Root Division. Ariza is the recipient of the Tosa Studio Award 2017, an Alternative Exposure grant (2019, 2020), a Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, a finalist for the 2017 San Francisco Artist Award and an Alternative Exposure grantee (2018). Ariza holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and a former member of the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure.


Cash awards and a printed exhibition catalogue.

Submission Requirements

Please submit JPEG and video files. Prepare your files according to the CaFÉ guidelines.

Entry Fee

$35 for three images/videos, additional entries $10.00 each, limit 6.
Videos are limited to a total of 3


  • June 15, 10:59 PM PST: Entry due
  • Late June 2020: Notification of acceptance by email, and on the CaFÉ site
  • July 27–31: Shipped work to arrive
  • July 31–August 2, 12–5 pm: Hand delivery to Axis Gallery
  • August 7: Exhibition Opens
  • August 8: Second Saturday Reception, 6 pm
  • August 30: Exhibition Closes
  • Shipped work returned at close of exhibition.
  • Aug 30 from 5–7 pm or Aug 27 from 3 pm–5 pm, hand-delivered work pickup


  • Sales are encouraged. The gallery will retain 40% commission on any work sold.
  • Price of work should include commission to gallery.

Insurance & Liability

  • Work will be insured at Axis Gallery but not in transit.
  • The gallery will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
  • Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes and be featured in an exhibition catalogue.


Shipping instructions will be emailed following the jury process.


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About the Space

Axis Gallery is committed to supporting artists effected by COVID-19. Click here to find out more.

Axis Gallery is an artist-run space that has been in operation for over 30 years, with a national reputation for bringing contemporary and challenging exhibitions to Sacramento. The gallery is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in the selection and presentation of works of art.