Bay Area Artist Opportunity: Refusés of the Bay

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Voss Gallery and Metal Haus Gallery present “Refusés of the Bay,” a collaborative art project of two curated exhibitions by Bay Area artists whose work was inexplicably overlooked by the jurors of The de Young Open 2023.

“Refusés of the Bay” is a tribute to the 1863 Salon des Refusés, which showcased rejected artwork from the highly acclaimed Paris Salon, featuring a staggering two-thirds of the submitted work that was not initially chosen. This renegade art fair included emerging works from James McNeill Whistler, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and other world-renowned artists whose careers took off after the show.

This year, the de Young Museum received over 7,700 submissions to its triennial open call for community artists and fewer than 900 were selected. To narrow the gap, Voss Gallery and Metal Haus Gallery are partnering to provide platforms for the work of other exceptional local artists to be shown.

Image with The de Young Museum Open 2023 rejection email texts.

Exhibition Details

The exhibition is on view September 29 - October 28, 2023. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 29th, 6-9PM at Voss Gallery followed by an Afterparty at Metal Haus Gallery at 9PM. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6PM or by appointment.

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Artist Submission

Unselected artists for The de Young Open 2023: Apply for a free exhibition opportunity with either Voss Gallery or Metal Haus Gallery by submitting your rejection email and artwork photo below!

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 3rd (11:59PM PST). Artists will be notified about their submission via email by September 7th. If selected, either Voss Gallery or Metal Haus Gallery will reach out for more information about the artist contract and artwork delivery.

Artists who missed the deadline and would like to participate: Submit your rejection email and artwork photo below to be included in the online catalog.

The deadline for submissions for the online catalog is Friday, Sept. 22nd (11:59PM PST). The online catalog will be released on Saturday, Sept. 30th.