Holding it Together

 Exhibition Dates: November 3-December 12 in the Main Gallery

Location: Palo Alto Art Center Main Gallery

Holding it Together playfully examines the state of parenting during a pandemic, in which work and life bleed into each other, and projects remain incomplete, fractured by constant interruptions. This exhibition offers a glimpse into making art while sheltering in place with family, celebrating the chaotic, the unmade, the messy, and the half-finished.

Participating artists:

Alexandra Bailliere
Karen Leslie Ficke
Benicia Gantner
Amy Hibbs
Jenny Hynes
Jill Miller
Robin Mullery
Ashley Lauren Saks
Trevor Tubelle
Vanessa Woods

Dear Art Community:

COVID-19 continues to create significant challenges for us as individuals and institutions as we work to plan and program for the future. While we had the best of intentions with our Safe exhibition to present an in-person exhibition for the community, it increasingly seems unlikely that a fall opening will be possible. To avoid disappointment for participating artists, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this juried exhibition. This decision came after considerable thought and discussion. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

For artists who have submitted entries for this exhibition, we want to once again express our apologies. We will be refunding the participation fees for artists who have submitted.


Safe: A Juried Exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center 

Application deadline: August 10, 2020

The Palo Alto Art Center invites artists, 18 years of age or older, who live or work in one of the nine Bay Area counties (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma) to submit work for an onsite and virtual exhibition exploring the theme of safety. 

What does it mean to be safe?  And what is safety now? Psychologist Abraham Maslow identified safety as one of the foundational universal human needs, second only to physiological needs such as air, water, and food. We inherently seek safety for ourselves and those we love. But how do we successfully find safety in a pandemic world in which the people and objects around us represent infection and danger? And how can art provide opportunities for safety and security?

Safe will be on view at the Palo Alto Art Center September 19—December 13, 2020 and featured online indefinitely. There will be $1,000 in prizes for selected artworks. The Juror is Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. 


Apply using Slideroom. A non-refundable fee of $40 is required, $35 for members of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. 

Artists may submit 1-3 works, but only five digital uploads are allowed as part of the submission. Links to videos and additional imagery can be provided in lieu of an upload. Submitted images must be the same as the works intended for the exhibition. Please include a concise artist statement, CV or resume, and details about each piece including media, size, and year. For installation concepts, include a description, concept design or similar installations, and installation info (timeline, if installation requires the artist presence to install, etc.).

The deadline for submissions is August 10. Artists will be notified of their inclusion by August 24. Artists will be responsible for shipping or delivering their work to the Art Center from September 1-4.

To learn more about our upcoming exhibitions, view our Advance Exhibition Schedule.