Call to Artists

Call for Artists for Speculative-Inspired Art Show in Faulkner Gallery for SB Reads 2022

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SBPL invites local artists to submit works for October 2022 Art Show, Through Many Windows: A World Reimagined in conjunction with SB Reads programming. 

Santa Barbara Public Library invites local artists to participate in an exhibition in the Faulkner Gallery during October 2022 as part of Santa Barbara Reads programming. This year’s featured title for SB Reads is The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, an award-winning science fiction fantasy novel, set on an alternative Earth where a red rift in the continent known as The Stillness threatens survival of civilization. This extraordinary and bold novel provides a rich source of inspiration for works of art, exploring themes and subjects such as the collapse of empires, the devastation of grief, generational trauma, the relationship between history and memory, the impacts of climate change, race-based oppression, and motherhood. Read more about SB Reads 2022.

For the SB Reads Art Show we ask artists to envision their own world or another future, possible world, catastrophic or otherwise, and answer the question: “What if?” 

SBPL invites local artists, photographers, and poets to submit their work for a featured show in the Faulkner Gallery during October 2022. Works may be newly created in response to the prompt, or existing works, but Artist’s statements must explain how the works relate to the subjects explored in The Fifth Season or the speculative prompt. 

A suggested reading list on The Fifth Season, as well as copies of the book, are available for interested artists. Please contact if you are interested. 

Artwork Guidelines:

  • Open to all visual arts media in two dimensional form. 
  • Artists should be adults or teens (age 13+). 
  • Artists should be residents of Santa Barbara County. 

Exhibition Calendar:

Friday, September 16, 2022: Submissions due

Friday, 23 September, 2022: Notification of selected artists 

Saturday, October 1, 2022: Installation of art

Monday, October 31, 2022: Take down art