ArtHERE - SJ Museum of Quilts & Textiles

May 11th, 2012 by 11pm PST
Dates of Participation: 
Sept. 12 to Dec. 8, 2012
520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Budget/Stipend: $750
(must cover all costs such as materials, travel, lodging, install and de-install)

This open call is supported by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, ZERO1, the San Jose Downtown Association, the San Jose Public Art Program and the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant.

Location Specs:

  • Data: Wifi only
  • Power: 2 regular power sockets mid window
  • Usable space: width 124” x height 95” x depth 24”

Guidelines & Restrictions

ZERO1 and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles are inviting proposals from local, national or international artists and artist teams for innovative site-specific projects at the intersection of art and technology (new and existing work can be submitted). Artists are challenged to respond to the Biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley and re-imagine the idea, the place, and the experience of Silicon Valley. The selected project will be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles from September 12th, 2012 for the duration of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial and beyond (3-6 months)

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is specifically seeking proposals for innovative technology based woven/quilted/textile work. As the anti-graffiti window wrap darkens the window, the SJMQT welcomes projects that are clearly visible from the outside such as light installations. The available space is restricted to the above listed dimensions. The pipes visible in the images cannot be incorporated into the project, and the work should not extend into the room further than the stated 24”.

Additional Resources

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and ZERO1 will provide the following to the selected project:

  • Production advice and basic power/data infrastructure
  • Permitting and insurance as reasonable, appropriate and possible
  • Marketing and promotion

About ArtHERE: Silicon Valley

ArtHERE Silicon Valley is a new initiative and online tool for Silicon Valley that allows the community to match art proposals with empty and under-used spaces. ArtHERE will launch the project pilot Bay Area wide as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, with a specific focus on San Jose’s SoFA arts district – the hub of the Biennial. ZERO1 has worked with the local community, businesses and arts organizations to make a series of spaces available that range from storefront windows and building facades, to outdoor projections and park-lets. Artists are now invited to temporarily animate these spaces (leaving no trace afterward) with site-specific installations in response to the Biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley. The goal is to use the architecture of the district as a canvas and effectively connect pathways between local businesses and organizations through vibrant and interactive artworks that reflect the creativity and innovation that Silicon Valley is known for. Details of each space are listed individually as open calls.

Jury & Selection Process

The call will be juried by a panel of local arts professionals and community members. Once the ZERO1 Biennial art proposals have been submitted the public are invited to vote on the proposals to influence the jury's selection! While none of the following are strict requirements, the jury will be asked to select projects that have successfully addressed the following factors:

  • Artistic quality: Whether existing or new work, the proposal needs to focus on the intersection of art & technology, and respond to the Biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley.
  • Interactive: As the goal of this program is to activate the SoFA district in San Jose we welcome any participatory projects that will engage the Biennial audience and regular SoFA foot traffic
  • Location: The proposals must be site-specific and respond clearly to the given site specs and parameters
  • Feasibility: Please review your proposal carefully before as it will be important for the jury to see that your project is feasible within the given budget, site specs and exhibition duration.

Key Dates

The application deadline for this call is May 11, 11pm PST. Selected artists will be notified on/before May 25, 2012. Installation is scheduled to for September 9-11th but will depend on individual spaces. Artists are responsible for de-install on/after December 8th, 2012 – depending on the individual agreement with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

About the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

The first museum of its kind in the United States, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles promotes the art, craft, and history of quilts and textiles. With compelling exhibitions of historical and contemporary textiles, engaging gallery walks and artist talks for adults, and a highly successful educational outreach program for K-12 students, we aim to increase the public’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of quilts and textiles as a form of artistic and cultural expression that peoples worldwide have practiced for thousands of years. Founded in 1977 by the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association, the Museum was the brainchild of a group of forward thinking women who—inspired by the back-to-the-land movement, the women’s movement, and the Bicentennial—sought to create an institution where quilts and textiles, and the lives of the mostly women who made them, would receive the attention and respect they deserved. Begun with members’ donations of antique and contemporary quilts, the Museum’s permanent collection of now over 800 objects has grown to include a remarkable ethnic textile collection. More info at

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