Call For Artists | TANK Space 2020: (Due Sep. 27)

The TANK Project Space is a small experimental art space located in Spring Street Studios of the Sawyer Yards campus that is dedicated as an installation space for visual artists. The gallery is scheduled for 3 rounds of exhibitions in 2020.  

Project Description:

  • Create an installation for TANK Space at Spring Street Studios

  • The gallery space is 8’11” x 11’11” with a ten foot tall ceiling and concrete floors. There are two rows of track lights on the ceiling, and two wall outlets. The space is typically left locked and is viewed through a large window along the 11’11” wall. The door is 23” x 6’7” with a full length window and can remain open for the duration of the exhibition. Reference images attached below.

  • Selected artists will be given a key to the space and building entry instructions for the purpose of installation and deinstallation. All hardware must be removed from walls and ceiling at completion.

  • Proposals are invited from individual artists, teams or groups.

  • Selected artists are highly encouraged to apply for the Houston Arts Alliance Let Creativity Happen! Express Grant.

  • The Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program's goal in selecting exhibits includes presenting a cross section of media, content, and diversity over the year while showcasing quality installation art.

  • Sawyer Yards Exhibitions reserve the right to refuse the exhibition of work that does not accurately reflect the original proposal.

  • If the installation requires that the door stay open, neither 1824 Spring Street Ltd. nor the TANK Space is responsible for damage or loss.

  • Publicity will be provided through the Sawyer Yards Exhibition Program.

  • Open flames and animals are not allowed. Soundtracks and audio must be able to be set on timers to be silenced during theater performances.

 Evaluation Criteria:

  • Artistic quality: Artists of the highest artistic caliber, as demonstrated by examples of past work.

  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal images, and final work successfully portray the overall goals of the project as well as engaging and inspiring the community.

  • Project management ability: Applicant(s) demonstrate that the Artist has the necessary capability to accomplish the project, and to create and deliver the work on schedule

 Application Requirements:

  1. Resume, no more than three pages.

  2. Letter of Intent, to include contact information, and a description of how the Artist intends to meet the criteria listed above (1,500 words maximum).

  3. Work Examples: Up to ten (10) samples of previous work. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size will be accepted. Please provide at least two (2) sample designs of the proposed installation.

  4. Image List for all Work Examples, to include Artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.

There are three (3) time slots available for the 2020 exhibition calendar, with one week of deinstallation and one week of installation time allotted between each round: 

  • May 9 - July 11, 2020 (9 weeks duration)

  • July 25 - September 19, 2020 (8 weeks duration)

  • October 3, 2020 - January 9, 2021 (14 weeks duration)

 Please contact Grace Zuñiga with any questions:
The deadline to apply is Friday September 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM. 

Jamie Earnest