SPARC 2020 Call for Exhibition Proposals - Deadline 2/15/20

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January 14, 2020

SPARC’s gallery programming in 2020 will focus on art created by refugee artists, or artists responding to issues of asylum, displacement, and migration in relation to the many reasons that individuals or communities may seek refuge. The UN Refugee Agency reported in June of 2019 that 37,000 people per day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or persecution. This report estimates that there are currently 70.8 million forcibly displaced people globally. There are many reasons why someone must leave their home, including but not limited to:

  • Climate change, environmental disasters, and the disappearance of islands and homes
  • War, political turmoil, and the threat of growing nationalism 
  • Persecution due to identity (LGBTQ, gender, religious, and/or racial persecution)
  • Poverty, gentrification, and economic violence
  • Lack of safety, sustenance, and opportunities

SPARC is committed to sharing the stories of refugees globally and locally through socially engaged exhibitions and programs. We invite proposals that honor these complex histories and present realities. Learn more here.

SPARC accepts proposals for gallery shows that fit with our mission of socially engaged art that speak to the most pressing social, political, and environmental issues of our times. Artists, curators, collectives, students, and community organizers are all welcomed to submit proposals through our online portal by February 15th, 2020

Proposals must include a detailed description of the exhibition and/or program as well as images and/or videos of artworks that will be presented in the gallery. 


Carlos Rogel
(310) 822-9560