Politics (NOT) As Usual

Branner Spangenberg Gallery

Entry Deadline: Aug. 31

275A Linden Street
Redwood City, CA 94061



Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Socialist, a Libertarian, a Whig, an Anarcho-Syndicalist, a Decline-to-State, or a None-of-the Above, the one thing that we can all agree on is that the Presidential Election season of 2016 already qualifies as the strangest show to come down the pike in many a moon. The Branner Spangenberg Gallery would like to throw out a challenge to all artists who are awake and paying attention: Share your impressions of this election in the form of visual art. Savage satire, rapturous idealism, and all compass points in between are welcome.

Entry Deadline: 8/31/16

Please read the full prospectus before submitting your entry. Be mindful of the size requirements and the calendar of deadlines.


Media -All 2/D Wall Art

Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee: $35.00

Open to artists residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. A best of show will be awarded during the opening reception at the Branner Spangenberg Gallery on Friday, October 7, 2016.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists submitting artwork must be able to drop off and pick up art work. No mail-ins will be accepted

JUROR: Michael Pauker is a visual artist, curator, and writer, living in Redwood City, CA. His work is in the collection of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, The New York Public Library, and numerous other public and private collections. His interest in politics dates back to 1968, when he voted for Dick Gregory in his 5th grade presidential poll.

JUROR: John Gable is founder and CEO of AllSides, a media technology company that helps you see, understand and discuss multiple perspectives in politics and news, building bridges between conflicting ideas and people. A political campaign professional in the 80s, John then switched to technology, serving on the original product and marketing teams for Microsoft Office, Mozilla at Netscape, and ZoneAlarm at Check Point Software. AllSides.com combines his passion for political impact and innovative technology. He credits his family lineage of artists and entrepreneurs to his desire to create new products and solutions for business and society.

ACCEPTED ENTRIES: Entries must be original 2D artwork completed within the last three years or specifically for the exhibition and theme

SIZE: Including frame should be no larger than 18”x24”

FRAMING: Glass or plexiglass accepted, framed or gallery wrap (no staples showing on sides), hanging wire 2/3 distance from bottom of artwork (no plastic line or string). Please use “D” ring hardware for attaching wire.

SALES: All artwork must be for sale. Branner Spangenberg Gallery will receive 50% commission for sale of artwork. All sales are handled by the Branner Spangenberg Gallery located at 275A Linden Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94601. All artwork must remain in show until closing on November 13, 2016, 4pm.

ENTRY FEES: A non-refundable fee of $35.00 is required for the application. This fee covers up to 3 entries. One application allowed per artist. Submissions are not considered complete until payment is made.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Branner Spangenberg Gallery will only accept online entries for the POLITICS (NOT) AS USUAL exhibition through the online, portfolio review site CAFÉ for Artists!

1) Register at https://www.callforentry.org if you don’t already have an account. Registration is free.

2) Follow the online instructions to upload up to 3 entry images.

3) Complete entry details. You can save your progress and return to your entry at any time before the deadline to edit your information.

4) Complete your payment information to finalize your entry. You cannot edit your entry after submitting payment information. Payment must be received by the deadline to be accepted. Pay by credit or debit card through the CAFÉ for Artists! website.

Please do not send any materials directly to Branner Spangenberg Gallery

Be sure and give yourself enough time to complete your submission before the deadline.


NOTIFICATION: Notification of the juror’s selection will be made by email on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016. Branner Spangenberg Gallery bears no responsibility for incorrectly submitted email contact information or any failure of the artist’s email service.

IDENTIFICATION OF ARTWORK: All artwork must be identified on the back with the following information clearly printed:

Artist name

Title of artwork


Year created




HAND DELIVERY ONLY: Accepted artwork must be hand delivered on either of these two dates:

Friday, September 23, 2016 between 11 am and 4pm  -OR

Saturday, September 24, 2016 between 1 and 4 pm  – AT



Sunday, November 13, 2016 between 4 and 6 pm and Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 Noon -5pm at BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY, 275A Linden Street Redwood City, CA 94601. Not responsible for any artwork left beyond the pick-up date


Your entry gives the BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY permission to use images of your artwork for promotional, educational, or historical purposes.

SALES: All entries in this exhibition must be for sale. Artwork can be sold but cannot be removed from the exhibition until the show closing on November 13, 2016. All sales will be conducted by the BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY, which retains a 50% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY will collect and pay the appropriate sales tax to the state. Payment for sales will be mailed to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show.

LIABILITY: Artists are required to sign a contract upon delivery of artwork for the show releasing and holding harmless Branner Spangenberg Gallery and volunteers from and against any and all liability for any and all damage to or loss of artwork on display, and for copyright infringement(s) in the distribution and publication of photographs of artwork for purposes of the POLITICS(NOT) AS USUAL.

CALENDAR: additional events during the exhibition will be listed on our website brannerspangenberggallery.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:59:59 pm MST: Entry info, images and payment due.

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Artists receive email notification of juror’s results.

Friday, September 23, 2016 between 11am – 4pm or

Saturday, September 24, 2016 between 11am – 4 pm: Receive artwork at Branner Spangenberg Gallery.

Friday, September 30, 2016 – Gallery will be open EVERY WEEKEND, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 1-4PM FOR VIEWING THRU NOVEMBER 13, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm RECEPTION FOR ARTISTS – best of show announced; recipients will receive a future group exhbition.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 7pm until late – Join us as we watch and listen to what promises to be a very entertaining evening.

SUNDAY, November 13, 2016 between 4 – 6 pm, MONDAY, November 14 or TUESDAY, November 15, Noon-5pm. Pick up artwork not sold.

Branner Spangenberg Gallery is not responsible for any artwork left after the pick-up date.

ADDRESS: BRANNER SPANGENBERG GALLERY, 275A Linden Street, Redwood City, CA 94601

AGREEMENT: The submission of entries to this competition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all rules and conditions as set forth in this prospectus. Entries not meeting the criteria listed herein will be disqualified, and the entry fee will not be refunded.

CONTACT INFO: Please direct any questions you may have to [email protected]

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