EAP Open House:

June 21 @ 6pm
July 12 @ 6pm 

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

Please read through carefully, as some of the information regarding the Emerging Artist Program has changed for the 2019-2020 round.

About MoAD
The Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the art, history, and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of people of African descent throughout the world. Through our mission and shared African heritage, MoAD connects all people.

Through the Emerging Artists Program (EAP), MoAD is committed to providing local artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit work reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. The EAP is a call for artists to submit a solo exhibition proposal of their work.

Competitive proposals will present innovative artwork to activate the salon space. This multipurpose space is the heart of the museum where we hold public programs, education workshops, and events.

Three final artists will be selected. Each artist will present a 3 month exhibition as part of the Emerging Artists Program.*

Exhibition #1 — December 4, 2019 through March 1, 2020
Exhibition #2 — March 25, 2020 through June 28, 2020
Exhibition #3 — July 8, 2020 through October 11, 2020

Selected artists will be notified on September 6, 2019, from which artists will then work with the exhibitions team at the museum and have 2 months to finalize and prepare work.

We will hold two information sessions to review the application process and to answer any questions. These sessions will be held on June 21st and July 12th at 6pm in the MoAD salon and include a gallery tour

What we are looking for:
We aim to foster local, Bay Area artists—although participation is open to California based artists—both emerging and mid-career. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds that represent the Bay Area’s multifaceted communities—including but not limited to race & ethnicity, class, gender & gender identity, sexual orientation and (dis)ability. We welcome artists with any and all relationships to the African Diaspora to apply.

MoAD Mission
MoAD, a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.

For the Emerging Artists Program, we are looking for paintings, mixed media, photographs, and ready-to-install-sculptures along with other types of 2D and 3D visual art.

The Exhibition Space:
The Emerging Artists Program exhibition is presented in our Salon space. This multipurpose space is the heart of the museum where we hold public programs, education workshops, and events. All selected exhibitions must be malleable to the requirements of the space. Any sculptures need to be mobile if intended to be seen in the round and the space will be changed during events and public programs (i.e., floor pieces will be temporarily moved). At times, for public events, we have over 100 people in the Salon space, please be aware of the various ways in which this space is used in addition to being a gallery. We strongly encourage you to visit our museum, view the space, and familiarize yourself with the mission of MoAD before submitting an exhibition proposal.

Our curatorial selection panel will include local arts professionals, artists and MoAD staff to select from complete applications of current or proposed work for the space.  Along with an opening reception to celebrate the exhibition, we will require the artists selected to participate in an Artist Talk about their work.

Submission Deadline August 5, 2019
Artist Notification September 6, 2019

Exhibition Dates*

  • Exhibition #1 — December 4, 2019 through March 1, 2020
  • Exhibition #2 — March 25, 2020 through June 28,2020
  • Exhibition #3 — July 8, 2020 through October 11, 2020

    *Exact dates may be subject to change

For each exhibition, MoAD will provide:
Preparation — Painting and wall repair
Installation — Art handler (1-day installation) and hanging supplies
Reception — with refreshments for each exhibition
Curatorial Mentorship — Consultation with Exhibition Department to help plan, develop and design exhibition
Marketing Materials — Electronic and print postcard invitation, including: designing, printing, editing
Honorarium – An honorarium of $2000 will be given to each selected artist.

How to make your submissions:

ENTRY APPLICATION – Slideroom submission process
Application Fee: $10.00
Link: https://moadsf.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/30388

Please include the following:

  • Working title of exhibition
  • Two exhibition statements (100-word summary, 700-word description) explaining how your work addresses the diaspora. How does your work reflect or engage with ideas concerning the African Diaspora?
  • Artist statement (100 word)
  • Images of proposed work and work in progress. We will accept 4 to 10 jpgs, video links to YouTube and Vimeo, or weblinks to images or projects. Please carefully label your images beginning with your last name and Image number: Lastname_Image1.jpg
    NOTE: Most images should be sized at least 600×800 pixels, 72dpi.
  • Image Checklist: Please provide a checklist of proposed works for the exhibition describing each sample image/video– include artist name, title of work, medium, dimensions, and date. Works may still be in progress but must be listed. Inventory list should be labeled: Lastname_Firstname_Checklist.pdf
  • If you are submitting a proposal for an installation(s) please submit a detailed description and plan for your project including rough dimensions and any special hardware or rigging requirements.
  • Brief resume or C V: Exhibitions, education and awards. Resume/CV should be labeled: pdf

**Refer to our gallery map for size and depth restrictions due to space requirements. **



  1. Entry is only accepted through the official Slideroom application.
  2. Entry does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibition
  3. Selected artworks are insured by MoAD for a maximum of $15,000 from the time they enter the gallery until they leave.
  4. Arrangements and expenses for shipping/delivery/retrieval are the responsibility of the artist.
  5. All non-installation artworks must arrive/be delivered “ready to hang.” Please note that artist must be on-site during installations and de-installation.
  6. Any art left at MoAD for over one month will be deemed abandoned by artist.
  7. Artist releases MoAD from any and all claims and demands of any kind regarding damage or injuring during delivery to and from MoAD.
  8. Gallery visitors may take photographs of artwork for non-commercial purposes at MoAD. Artist agrees to allow MoAD to photograph and repurpose images of artworks for publicity and educational purposes.
  9. The Salon is a multipurpose space in which food and drink can be served. It may be rented out for private events and programs during and after normal opening hours.

Shipping and Insurance
The Artist is responsible for securing, arranging, and paying for cost of transportation and delivery of the
art to MoAD. The Artist is also responsible for securing, arranging, and paying for cost of transportation of return of the works. MoAD insures the work under general liability during the run of the exhibition. Any art left at MoAD more than 30 days after notice by MoAD to Artist to recover the Work will be deemed abandoned by artist. Artist releases MoAD from any and all claims and demands of any kind regarding damage or injury during delivery to and from MoAD. Artists must be present for both installation and de-installation.

Privacy Policy
Artist contact information (email address, telephone) is only held for the purpose of contacting selected artists. All artist emails are added to our future events announcement email list. If you do not wish to be on the email list click the unsubscribe button when you receive the first announcement and your email will be automatically deleted.

Acceptance of terms
By submitting works to the Emerging Artists Program, artists agrees to the guidelines set forth herein.

For questions and additional information, please email:
Elena Gross, Exhibitions Associate. [email protected]