The loudest voice will be the voice that speaks for those who lost their voices.

Slide Fabrication2

Last year I decided that I wanted to focus on art that features wordplay.

To facilitate this, I arranged to curate a show on art that features wordplay at the always-canny Root Division.   The key word here is “play.”  The word “word” is also key.   I suppose the word “features” provides some key context as well.

You know what? All the words are important.  That’s the point of the show.

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested–not just visual artists.  The show is in July 2013 in SF and proposals are due by the end of April.


Character Profile

Curated by: Jon Fischer

Deadline for Submission: Monday, April 29, 2013
Exhibition dates: July 10-27, 2013

Root Division invites creators working in all fields to submit work for an exhibition entitled Character Profile, featuring artworks and projects that explore intersections between the form, mechanisms and meaning of language.

Considered works may:

  • Explore the material and aesthetic quality of language, using text as a medium to create patterns, sounds, and familiar objects.
  • Provoke expanded meanings and alternative associations between words, in some cases inviting visitors to construct their own art from words.
  • Feature visual forms of wordplay, free-association, puns.

The goal of Character Profile is to create a visitor experience that is interactive, thought provoking, and accessible to a diverse group of guests.

The curator will entertain any works that investigate novel functions for language through a broad range of materials, media and approaches. Selections will be made with an emphasis on:
1. A dedication to the spirit of play.
2. Developing projects from a wide range of artists, designers, and makers.
3. Versatile and interactive works.

Proposals for new projects will be considered for selection in the exhibition. These applicants should submit examples of related work and a detailed proposal.

Checklist of application materials:

  • 4 images (jpegs: 72 dpi, 600×800 pixels max) (Digital only please; Sorry, no slides) AND/OR Link to Vimeo or other video platform, (If not available on the web, please submit a 3-minute video clip on CD/DVD for Mac)
  • Artist resume (1-2 pages max)
  • Artist statement (1 page max)
  • SASE (for return of materials if desired)
  • E-payment can be made via our website [HERE]
    (or submit a $10 check/money order made payable to Root Division)
  • Completed application form [HERE]

Deadline for Submission: Monday, April 29, 2013

Please call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.
**Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified by May 17th, 2013 via email or phone about the inclusion of their work in the show. Curator will conduct studio visits as necessary, but good documentation of work is strongly suggested.**


3175 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Root Division is an arts and arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division’s mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from Grants for the Arts: SF Hotel Tax Fund & Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, The San Francisco Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and the Potrero Nuevo Fund. The Second Saturday Exhibition Series is sponsored by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission through a Cultural Equity Grant/Organizational Project Grant, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

For further information regarding events and/or press materials, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cancelmo at 415.863.7668 or





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