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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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Art + Movement


Pilar Aguero-Esparza, Glenna Cole Allee, Kiley Ames,
Penelope Anstruther, Jenny Balisle, Elizabeth Bennett, John Boychuk,
Pat Calabro, Jane Corich, Jean Davis, Laurence Elias, Margaret Elmer,
Lisa Esherick, Pamela Fletcher, Paul Goldman, Carson Grubaugh,
Jose Guerrero, Victoria Hamlin, Cele Hanzel, Jeff Key, Kathleen King,
Amanda Klimek, Hugo Kobayashi, Sarah Lee, Patricia Leeds, Eric Lendl,
Cathy Locke, Chandrika Marla, Terry Mason, Lisa McCutcheon,
Chad Moore,Lori Murphy, Peter Scaturro, Maryann Steinert-Foley,
Bethia Stone, Laura Van Duren, Aaron Wilder

August 15 – September 7, 2019
Juror Maria Porges

Opening Reception and Juror's Talk
Saturday, August 17th from 2-4 pm

First Friday Closing Reception
coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur Art Walk
Friday, September 6th, 6-9 pm


This call for entries was open to artists in Northern California. Awards include future exhibition opportunities at GearBox Gallery.

Art + Movement, was inspired by questioning how art made in our current divisive state of cultural, political, and religious points of view will be regarded historically. Art movement is defined as a tendency or style in art with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a restricted period of time. Art history points to how various movements in art, referred to as isms (impressionism, cubism, fauvism, expressionism, surrealism) were reflections of the views of their time. Additionally, of course, movement also refers to a principle of composition in art and can be used to cause a visual tempo or beat.

Juror: Maria Porges

Porges has pursued dual practices as an artist and a writer, teaching in both areas at CCA, principally in the Fine Arts graduate program since the late ‘80s. Her exhibition career of image/text sculpture and drawings has included solo shows at galleries, museums and alternative spaces. Her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of now-defunct art magazines. She has also authored essays for more than 100 exhibition catalogues and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

In 2016, she began the blog, wordsaboutart.com, where she writes about artists and visits to (unusual) museums and posts short fiction about the art world. She has written three artist’s books; Shortest Stories, coming out in 2019, consists of 100 microfictions paired with 100 collages, in which the pairing are intended to work together to create a narrative whole, rather than explaining or illustrating each other.

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: The deadline for this call has passed. It was open to artists over the age of 18 and living or working in Northern California.

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Juror’s Award: Patricia Sonino
Sonino won the opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in Resonance at GearBox Gallery.
GearBox Gallery Award: Linda Ellinwood Ellinwood won the opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery in 2019.

The 2017 Bluet's Juror's Award winner, Matthew Priest, was featured in Choice Words at GearBox Gallery, May 31 - June 23, 2018

The Bluets 2017 GearBox Gallery Award winner, Deborah Benioff Freidman, was featured in Record of the Journey the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery, March 22 - April 21, 2018

The 2016 Wild Mind Juror's Award winner, Leslie Smith, was featured in Biographies at GearBox Gallery, April 27 – May 27, 2017

The Wild Mind 2016 GearBox Gallery Award winner, Tamera Avery, was featured in Off the Rails in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery, August 31 – Sept 23, 2017

The 2015 Juror's Award winner, Spencer Pittenger, was featured in Essential Elements and Other Mysteries of the Universe at GearBox Gallery, February 18 - March 19, 2016