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Signs of Hope • Calls for Activism Signs

April 14–29, 2017
Reception: April 14 • 5–8pm

Jurors: Angelique Benicio, fine artist, and Thomas Roedoc, Art Works Downtown Vice President 

Signs of Hope will be an exhibition featuring Bay Area activism signs at the nonprofit art center Art Works Downtown. Your sign could add to this exhibition and further the conversation. Communication builds community!


  • Signs used for civil activism during 2016-2017.  Signs of any size will be considered.
  • Open to SF Bay Area residents
  • No more than two signs per artist may be entered.
  • All signs and points of view are welcomed and encouraged. Not all signs will be accepted, but all signs will be considered. 
  • It is not required, but we'd like to receive a single sheet of 8.5"x11" white paper along with the sign(s) that includes a brief account of where the sign was used and why it was made in the lower half, and a photo of the sign in action in the upper half.

Exhibition Calendar

  • April 6, 7, 10am–4pm: deliver your sign to Art Works Downtown Multipurpose Room
  • April 11, 12: Notification of jury results by email
  • 4/14, 5–8pm: Second Friday Art Walk and exhibition reception
  • 4/30, 5/2, 10am–4pm: Pick up signs 
    Please Note: 4/30 is a Sunday, AWD art center will be open only for pick up of signs.

Entry Fee: There is no cost to participate.

Notification: You will be notified by email.

Delivery of Accepted Work: Work(s) must be hand delivered to Art Works Downtown 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Please also deliver a one page, typed, brief account of where the sign was used and why it was made with a picture of the sign in action (if possible). The sign artist must sign a consignment contract upon delivery. If a representative of the artist delivers, the artist must call or email ahead to give the representative’s name.

Pick Up:Signs not chosen to exhibit, will be saved for owners to pick-up during the evening of the reception 4/14. Those who pick-up their work that evening are encouraged to carry their signs around the event and to share them with people.Signs chosen for the exhibition must be retrieved at the end of the exhibition between 10am and 4pm on 4/30 or 5/2.

Liability and Image use Regarding Work Submitted:Precaution will be taken to safeguard all work from loss or damage, but neither Art Works Downtown nor anyone connected with this exhibition will be responsible for loss or damage from any cause. Artist permits AWD to use images(s) of accepted works for AWD promotions.

Questions? Contact: Angelique Benicio, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Mobile: 415-686-0403

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