Site Closed 🙁 🙁 🙁
History: In 2008, a small group of MFA students at San Jose State University (SJSU) were grousing about the usual graduate/artist concerns and where to find calls for emerging artists. Looking around the internet, there were sites that were helpful but they did not focus what we were looking for all in one site. I thought it would be a great idea to start our own blog to post local-national-international art calls for serious artists, grant/internships, art residencies, the rare paying job, local San Francisco Bay Area exhibitions, local art lectures, events, art news of interest, and other art related activities. Thus, the SJSU Art Blog was born in October of 2008.
In 2011, the “SJSU Art Blog” name was changed to the “Bay Area Art Grind.”
All posts discovered by our staff, or sent to us by groups/organizations, are screened before posting. Since we are all artists ourselves, we scrutinize the call from the viewpoint of an emerging to mid-career artist. When examining a call, we look at previous exhibitions, avoid calls with exorbitant entry fees, attempt to avoid places that are exhibition “mills” and ask ourselves the question “would we want this on our own artist resume?” given the type of artwork called for.
The Bay Area Art Grind has been listing at least one to two posts a day (sometimes more) consistently since 2008, aside from a rare one day break for a holiday.
Sadly it shut down in 2019.