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Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Like a Tom Waits Song" National Juried Exhibition


Deadline: February 23, 2014

Step right up! With a handful of glitter and a roaring blast through a dented megaphone, Arc Gallery announces a call for art based on the inherently visual musical world of Mr. Tom Waits.   "Like a Tom Waits Song" will shine a bright dingy yellow spotlight on artwork in all media and all genres, from figurative crooked scarecrows wearing black bowler hats, to narrative environments inhabited by surreal Waitsian characters, to the abstract, the conceptual, the absurd and the down-right bizarre and everything in-between.

Waits has said,  "Songs are really just very interesting things to be doing with the air."  The atmosphere he has created over the years is a dense tapestry of visual images and narratives that create a palpable mood and feeling about the mysterious places that we call home and the places we are going and what we have seen.

It is often said that an image is worth a thousand words.  But somehow, Tom Waits with his lyrics, utilizing only a few dozen words, conjures up intense images in our imagination that visual artists are hard pressed to match.  On top of his words, he layers familiar and strange sounds and melodies that complete the images that penetrate our minds and hearts.
- for song lyrics, see:

This open call is for all artists who have found themselves deeply moved, enraptured, bemused or inspired by Tom Waits. Has his music ever transported you to a dusty desert town or an abandoned train yard or a glowing, gritty neon rainy city street filled with steam? Listening to his music do you come away from the experience with a flash of inspiration embodying his lyrics? Like Tom Waits, do you tell tall tales and spin yarns with your work?  If so, we want to see it!

Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. This exhibition cannot accept jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.

Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103

JUROR: Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, CA
Andrea Schwartz graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977. Her background as an artist has assisted in her understanding of the perspectives and idiosyncrasies of the art world. For over twenty-five years the Andrea Schwartz Gallery has supported work that is challenging and at the forefront of contemporary practice, representing a select group of mid-career artists from the Bay Area and throughout the country. The range of work includes paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.  See:

A Juror’s Award ribbon and certificate will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the   theme.

February 23rd, 2014

May 3, 2014 - June 21, 2014

“Like a Tom Waits Song” OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, May 3rd 7-9PM

Saturday, June 21st, 12 NOON -2PM

There are two opportunities to get into this show. The juror will select works that will be exhibited in the Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom Street and on the Arc On-line Gallery. The juror will also select works that will be shown in the Arc On-line gallery only. This allows for more works to be seen beyond the 1,000 square feet physical limitation of the gallery.


Payment of $35 per entry. An entry consists of one to three submissions of pieces or images. A maximum of two entries per person is allowed, up to 6 pieces total. Credit card payment through Paypal only. You do not need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal.

Since Arc Gallery started in 2010, eight artists blind-juried into Arc exhibitions have been selected for solo or group exhibitions and/or picked up for representation in other San Francisco Bay Area galleries. We are delighted that various artists who have submitted works to our juried shows have been given additional exhibition opportunities at Arc and other venues.

An important aspect of Arc Gallery’s mission is supporting the making of quality art and promoting public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in the City of San Francisco. Juried and curated group exhibitions are our primary means of showcasing and discovering artists. Publicity through Bay Area publications and social media, as well as personal invitations to jurors, gallerists and art admirers generate an average of 200 to 400+ attendees at our openings.

Arc Gallery is a mixed-use art center in San Francisco’s South of Market district consisting of a 1,000 sq. ft. art gallery, two alternative exhibition spaces, art education center, ten artist studios, offices for Kearny Street Workshop and San Francisco Artist Network, and Vega Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk. Our website is

Arc supports the making of quality art in all media, provides a nurturing environment for artists to create their work, builds a community of artists to encourage exploration of art, provides resources for the professional development of visual artists, and promotes appreciation of the visual arts in the city of San Francisco. Our exhibitions have attracted many art enthusiasts, collectors and gallerists. Several of the artists selected in our juried exhibitions have been invited to participate in additional shows by visiting jurors and gallerists.


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