EAP Open House:

May 25 @ 6pm
June 21 @ 6pm


DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is thrilled to announce that registration for the third annual Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is now open. The EAP is a call for artists to submit a proposal for a solo exhibition of their work to be shown in the MoAD for approximately 2 consecutive months. This opportunity is open to Bay Area residents only.

MoAD showcases the art, history, and culture resulting from the migration of people of African descent throughout the world. Our focus spans across history, beginning at the origin of human existence to the contemporary African Diaspora that continues to influence communities and cultures around the world. Through our mission and shared African heritage, MoAD connects all people.

Over the last two years through the Emerging Artists Program, MoAD has provided California artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit works reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora in a dynamic gallery setting. Click here to view previous EAP winners.

Competitive proposals will present innovative artworks to activate the MoAD Salon, a multipurpose space in the heart of the museum where we hold public programs, education workshops, and events.

Four final artists will be selected to participate in the Emerging Artists Program. Each artist will have a 2 month solo show.

Selected artists will be notified on July 24, 2017, from which artists will then work with the exhibitions team at the museum and have approximately 2 months to finalize and prepare work.

EAP exhibition dates:

  • Exhibition #1 – September 20, 2017 through November 26, 2017
  • Exhibition #2 – December 6, 2017 through March 4, 2018
  • Exhibition #3 – March 24, 2018 through June 3, 2018
  • Exhibition #4 – June 13, 2018 through August 19, 2018

We will hold two information sessions to review the application process, tour the gallery and answer any questions applicants may have. These sessions will be held on May 25th and June 21st at 6pm in the MoAD salon.

What we are looking for

We aim to foster local, Bay Area artists both emerging and mid-career. MoAD intends to amplify professional and artistic development opportunities available to chosen EAP participants.

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.

Four guiding themes of MoAD

Origins. We look at the African roots of contemporary social, artistic and cultural forms of expression and practices that define the modern Diaspora.

Movement. Our programs trace the social, cultural, and artistic threads of diaspora defining movements through various forms of art.

Adaptation. We explore the variety of ways adaptation occurs, through creative reinvention, innovation and cultural resiliency.

Transformation. We look at how people of African descent have forged new identities, defined their place, and made their mark on new societies and communities.


For the Emerging Artists Program we are looking for paintings, mixed media, photographs, and ready-to-hang-sculptures along with other types of 2D and 3D visual art. Each chosen participant is expected to design a video component to accompany their exhibition.

The Exhibition Space

The Emerging Artist Program exhibition will be featured in our Salon space. We strongly encourage you to visit our museum, view the space, and familiarize yourself with the mission of MoAD before submitting an exhibition proposal.

The Selection

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.

Deadlines & Dates

Submission Deadline June 30, 2017

Artist Notification July 24, 2017

Artwork Drop Off TBD

Exhibition Provides (for each show)

  • Preparation – Painting and wall repair Installation- Art handler (1 day installation) and hanging supplies
  • Reception – with refreshments for each exhibition
  • Curatorial Mentorship – Consultation with MoAD Exhibitions Department to help plan, develop and design exhibition
  • Marketing Materials – Electronic and print postcard invitation, including: designing, printing, & editing
  • Honorarium – An honorarium of $1000 will be given to each selected artist

How to make your submissions:

Entry ApplicationSlideroom submission process

Application Fee – $30.00

Please include the following:

  • Working title of exhibition
  • Two exhibition statements (100 word summary, 700 description) explaining how your work addresses the diaspora. How does your work reflect or engage with ideas concerning the African Diaspora?
  • Artist statement (100 words)
  • 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
  • Brief resume or CV: Exhibitions, education and awards. Resume/CV should be labeled: Lastname_firstname_statement.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.

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


Download the Salon floorplan with dimensions


  1. Entry is only accepted through the official Slideroom application
  2. Entry does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibition
  3. 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.

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 90 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.

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.

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

Questions and additional information: Soleil Summer, Exhibitions Associate. (415) 638-6891 or email [email protected]

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the San Francisco Foundation.