Open Call For Texas Artists

March 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016 all-day
Blue Star Contemporary
116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204
Jack McGilvray

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum seeks portfolio submissions from Texas artists for studio visit and exhibition opportunities. Blue Star Contemporary is located in San Antonio, TX and for 29 years has been a destination for contemporary art, supporting local, national and international artists who are both established and emerging. The top artists are selected for a studio visit with Blue Star’s Executive Director and Exhibitions and Programs Manager. Studio visits will be conducted summer 2016.

Portfolios should include recent work, made within the last five years, that accurately represents the current state of the artist’s practice. Your portfolio should give us an understanding of visual and conceptual themes, and your voice as an artist. Please note this is not an exhibition proposal.

Artists will be considered for inclusion in possible group or solo exhibitions to take place at Blue Star Contemporary in our 2016/2017 exhibition schedule. Two group shows (Everyday is Ordinary and Transmission), two solo exhibitions (Cynthia Gregory and Emily Fleisher), and one two-person exhibition (Liz Rodda and Charlie Morris) were curated from the nearly 400 applications received in last year’s open call.

Submit your portfolio via Slideroom, March 1 through March 31, 2016

Submission Requirements


Candidates must

Have at least 5 years of relevant experience and/or specialized arts training, such as a degree or certificate.
Demonstrate a clear investment of time and resources into their artistic practice and/or derive a portion of individual earned income from their artistic practice or areas related to their field.
Have professional portfolios that include publicly displayed and possibly published works.
Not have had a solo exhibition at Blue Star within the last five years.
Proposal Guidelines:

Applicants will submit the following

A current CV including exhibition record, education/training, professional experience, lectures, publications, etc. and contact information – email, phone number, current mailing address, and website.
An artist statement discussing your practice in general (this is not a statement for a specific body of work, project proposal or exhibition proposal).
A 15-20 image portfolio of the artist’s work. Some may be detailed images, but must not constitute the majority of the portfolio. The artwork in the portfolio must have been completed within the past five years. Maximum image file size 5 MB. Maximum video and sound file size 60 MB.
All proposals must be submitted via Slideroom by March 31, 2016.

There is a $10 administrative fee for submitting your application. The fee is paid directly to Slideroom.

Additional Information:

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their submission in summer 2016. Please do not contact Blue Star regarding the status of your application.

Contact information: Direct questions regarding the submission process or the open call to Jack McGilvray, Exhibitions and Programs Manager by phone at 210-227-6960 or email at