770 West Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
510 271-0822


Special Events:
Art + Movement:
Opening Reception & Maria Porges'
Juror's Talk

Saturday, August 17th
from 2 - 4 pm

Now at GearBox:
Art + Movement:
Juror Maria Porges

Aug 15 – Sept 7

Closing Reception:
Friday, September 6th,

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Call for Entries: WALKING the LINE
Awards include future exhibition opportunities at GearBox Gallery.

Entry deadline: Monday, June 25th!

August 2 - 25, 2018

Juror Drew Bennett

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 3rd from 6-9 pm

Here's your chance to show your work at GearBox.

We invite entries in any medium for Walking the Line at GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA. Submit work exploring this theme inspired by the catchy Johnny Cash song, “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine. I keep my eyes wide open all the time. I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you're mine, I walk the line.” To walk-the-line is to maintain an intermediate position between contrasting choices or to mark a boundary by walking along it. References to the line include: above the line, down the line, the end of the line, in line with, line of flight, line of thought, opening line, and of course, drawing the line. A line is a dash, rule, bar, score; underline, underscore, stroke, slash; technical stria, striation.

Juror: Drew Bennett
GearBox is pleased to announce Drew Bennett as the juror for Walking the Line. Bennett is an artist, designer, and curator who straddled the art and tech scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area for years, until his worlds collided in 2012. During the process of being commissioned by Facebook for another art installation, Drew offered to found and lead a proper artist in residence program for the company instead. The result has been a bold new chapter in the history of corporate patronage of art.

This artist-founded, artist-forward program was conceived in the belief that the process of making art is as valuable as the finished product. It is committed to deeply trusting artists, to explore their practice, as the best tack to collaboratively realizing new work. Crucially, the program is based on the belief that art has a very real, and profound impact in inspiring, uniting, and challenging communities.

Facebook Artist in Residence program started at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park in 2012 offering local, early career artists the opportunity to make new, site-specific work in a trusted and unrestricted, corporate campus environment. The open-ended residency model has given way to a globally scaled site-specific commissioning program, that seeks out artists with an authentic presence in each community to make new work in all of the Facebook offices around the world. Last year Facebook supported over 125 new artworks globally. Last year, Facebook Artist in Residence program published a book surveying 225 artists’ works at Facebook over the first 5 years of the program and hosted a public art exhibition with new work by 50 of these artists in San Francisco. In the year ahead there is much more public engagement on the horizon: partnering with arts organizations, public art installations and events, and a whole lot more original site-specific art making opportunities for artists around the world.

Submit your entry online at CaFÉ for Artists now.

Entry Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018, 10 pm Pacific Time Zone

Accepted Artists to be announced July 11, 2017.

Juror’s Award: The opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit.
GearBox Gallery Award: An opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists over the age of 18 and living or working in Northern California. Please note, artwork must be hand delivered to GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA if accepted for exhibition.

ACCEPTED ENTRIES: Entries must be of work original to the submitting artist. Entries may be of any media and created between 2014 and 2018. There are no size limitations for entries however works must be able to be delivered through a standard size doorway. All entries must include title, medium, year and specific dimensions. You may submit a statement about the work as it relates to the exhibit theme. Work differing substantially from the submitted image(s) may be rejected for exhibition. The juror will make the final determination if accepted work will be included in the exhibition. GearBox Gallery, LLC reserves the right not to accept exceptionally large, heavy, unstable or cumbersome pieces. Work must be framed (when applicable) and ready to hang (wire, d-rings, or cleat). Artist must provide means of display for audio or video works.

Juror’s Award: The opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit.
GearBox Gallery Award: An opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery.

ENTRY FEES: A non-refundable fee of $35 is required for application. One application per artist only. Up to 3 entries may be submitted per application. Online submissions are not considered complete until payment is received.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: GearBox Gallery, LLC will only be accepting online entries for “Walking the Line” through the online, portfolio review site CaFÉ for Artists

1) Register at https://www.callforentry.org if you don’t already have an account.
2) Follow the instructions to upload up to 3 entry images (up to 5MB; jpg, png, or gif). Video artists may submit files in mov, wmv, flv, or mp4 format (up to 60 MB).
3) Complete entry details for the “Walking the Line” Call for Entries. You can save your progress and return to your entry at any time before the deadline to edit your information.
4) Complete payment information to finalize your entry. You cannot edit your entry after submitting payment information. Payment must be received by the deadline for your entry to be accepted. Pay by credit card through the CaFÉ for Artists Site. To pay by check, mail your check to GearBox Gallery at 770 West Grand Ave, Oakland CA 94612. Checks must be received by the gallery on or before June 25, 2018 in order for your submission to be considered complete by the deadline.

Please do not submit any materials directly to the gallery. We are not requesting résumés, CVs, or other materials at this time. Please give yourself enough time to complete the application process.


NOTIFICATION: Notification of the juror’s selections will be made by email on July 10, 2018. GearBox Gallery, LLC bears no responsibility for incorrectly submitted email contact information or any failure of the artist's email service.

DELIVERY & PICK UP OF WORK: The artist is responsible for the delivery and pick up of accepted artwork to the gallery. No substitutions of artwork are permitted. Artwork must be delivered in person to GearBox Gallery at 770 West Grand Ave in Oakland, CA between noon and 4pm on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in order to be included in the exhibition. Artwork must be delivered properly labeled and ready to hang or display. Exhibiting artists will sign a guest artist agreement specifying exhibit details per this prospectus. The juror will have the opportunity to review all delivered art work in person and make the final determination whether or not the work will be included in the exhibition by end of day July 31, 2018.

Following the close of the exhibition, artwork must be picked up from the gallery between noon and 4pm on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Please arrange for a representative to pick up your artwork if you are unable. Artwork remaining at the GearBox Gallery past specified pick-up dates and times will be subject to a $10 per day storage fee. After 15 days the work becomes the property of the gallery.

PHOTOGRAPHY and PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS: Your entry gives Gearbox Gallery, LLC permission to use images of your artwork and to photograph the artwork for promotional, educational or historical purposes. Gearbox Gallery, LLC promotes exhibitions on the Oakland Art Murmur website, GearBox Gallery Instagram and Facebook page as well as on the Gearbox Gallery website and other online listing sites as the Gallery deems appropriate.

SALES: Artwork must be for sale. Artwork may be sold but cannot be removed from the gallery during the exhibition. If an artwork is sold, GearBox Gallery, LLC will mail a payment of 60% of the sale price of the work to the artist within 30 days of the close of the exhibit. If artwork exhibited at GearBox Gallery is sold up to three months after the “WALKING the LINE” exhibit ends and is sold as a direct result of the piece being displayed in that gallery exhibit, the artist agrees to pay GearBox Gallery, LLC a referral commission rate of 25% within 30 days after the sale.

LIABILITY: All due care and caution will be taken in the handling of artwork. The Gearbox Gallery has a security system. Gallery attendants will be present during the hours of operation. However, the artist assumes all liability for artwork during the show's dates (from the day of delivery through the day of removal).

June 25 - Entry details, images, and payment due by 10 pm Pacific Time Zone.
July 10 - Artists notified of juror's results by email.
July 29 (Sunday) - Drop-off for selected artwork between noon & 4 pm.
July 30 - The juror has the opportunity to review the work. The juror will make the final determination whether or not the work will be included in the exhibition.
August 2 – “Walking the Line” Exhibition begins. Gallery Hours Thurs-Fri: Noon to 6 pm, Sat: 11 am to 5 pm
August 3 - Exhibition Opening Reception, 5 pm - 9 pm
August 18 – Reception with informal talk by Juror Drew Bennett coinciding with Art Murmur Walking Tour 2-4:00 pm. Benett will speak about 2 pm.
August 26 - Art work pick up between noon & 4pm. Art work left 15 days beyond the stated pick up dates becomes the property of the gallery.

AGREEMENT: Submission of work constitutes an agreement to the conditions set forth and acceptance that the decisions of the juror are final. GearBox Gallery, LLC may photograph and reproduce accepted work for promotional purposes. Artists may not withdraw accepted entries before the close of the exhibition. GearBox Gallery, LLC is not responsible for refunding entry fees or allowing artists to change submission information for artworks which do not meet above rules.

GEARBOX GALLERY: GearBox Gallery is an artist-run, fine art gallery located at 770 W. Grand Ave in Oakland, CA directly below the well-established Transmission Gallery. GearBox Gallery is a member of the Oakland Art Murmur, which promotes Oakland arts and sponsors events, including the famous First Friday Art Walks. More information available at gearboxgallery.com.