ArtSpan Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibitions at CounterPulse
CounterPulse is a space for art and community in the heart of the Tenderloin. The organization provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture. Learn more about the programming at

Submit to this open call to be considered for two upcoming solo ArtSpan Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibitions at CounterPulse this Spring and Summer. The selection process will prioritize artists who are thinking site-specifically and/or artworks that are experimental in content or form. The primary installation areas are white walls throughout the three-floor lobby gallery, please CLICK HERE for specifications, and consider the dimensions of the walls with the works you submit.


  • Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Exhibition Dates: April 22–June 2 / June 16–August 20
  • Submissions Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 11:59pm
  • Artist Notifications: Week of April 1
  • Artwork Installation Dates: April 22 / June 16
  • Artist Receptions: May 16 or TBD 6pm-8-pm, June 20, 6pm-8-pm
  • Artwork Pick-up Date: June 2 / August 20
  • Sales: Sales will be processed through ArtSpan with 80% commission going to the artist and 20% going to ArtSpan. 


TO SUBMIT: Complete the submissions form including at least 5 images of artworks that are currently available to hang for the show.

About the Art-in-Neighborhoods Program:

The Art-In-Neighborhoods program strives to create visibility and accessibility for local arts in San Francisco by connecting communities with local artists and activating vacant spaces with vibrant, locally made artwork. We partner with local businesses and building owners to bring pop-up art exhibitions and art events to dormant storefronts, empty spaces for lease, and businesses seeking artwork for their walls. Local artists who are ArtSpan members are given the opportunity to display, promote and sell their artwork in these diverse venues. The Art-in-Neighborhoods program allow otherwise unused properties/spaces to become creative arenas for celebrating local arts.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ArtSpan Studio Residency Program at xSpace:
In September of 2018, ArtSpan launched 3 artist studios on the commercial corridor at Mission Street and Geneva as part of our partnership with Youth Art Exchange (YAX) that has created this pop-up art space in the Excelsior neighborhood. The Studio Residency program offers a below market-rate studio space at the former site of Chuck's Market at 5137 Mission Street. 

One Studio is now available.
Studio space is offered to artists who have an invested interest in working with the Excelsior community and sharing space with Youth Art Exchange. xSpace resident artists are expected to contribute as cooperative members of the residency, and to communicate reliably with ArtSpan staff.

Please see below for residency details, requirements, and submission instructions.

If you have questions, or are interested in viewing the spaces, please email

WHERE: 5137 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94112
WHAT: Studio Residency Spaces at xSpace

  • Space: Individually divided space within an open floor plan on a commercial corridor (approximately 100 square feet each) 
  • Cost: $325/month
  • Includes: Access to a small kitchenette and community meeting space. 
  • Includes: Opportunity to curate/show your work in addition to required participation in SF Open Studios
  • ArtSpan reserves the right to terminate the contract as deemed necessary. 


WHO: Current ArtSpan Artists ($50 annual membership).
The ideal candidates has an invested interest in working with the Excelsior community and sharing space with Youth Art Exchange (YAX).
Full Artist Requirements:

  • Must be a current ArtSpan Artist Member ($50 annual)
  • Must be pursuing artistic practice as a profession
  • Must dedicate an average of 20 hours/week to work within the studio space 
  • Must be a responsible and collaborative member of the space and help to enforce the studio/building rules
  • Will curate/participate in one show in the space coinciding with an ArtSpan event in the neighborhood
  • Will Participate with SF Open Studios Fall 2020 ($80 Participating Artist Registration)
  • Will host one workshop for YAX program participants as part of the Youth Open Studios Program.


HOW: Building/Studio Details and Rules:

  • Artists must submit information for a background check. 
  • Artists MUST vacate the studio by the designated date written in the residency agreement. ArtSpan will impose a $10,000 monthly fine for overstaying the lease.
  • Building access available to artists 24/7. Hours for non-tenant access 7am-10pm.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a tenant at all times.
  • No residing/living on premises.
  • No furniture of any kind provided by ArtSpan. Studios are unfurnished.
  • No subleasing.
  • WiFi provided by Youth Art Exchange
  • No space heaters, heating or cooking appliances allowed within individual units.
  • Art Mediums: Must be minimal impact. The artists will strive to follow industry best practices wherever and whenever possible with the goal of ZERO impact on residents and the environment.  Allowable materials and acceptable handling and disposal practices subject to change.  Changes will be posted in general areas and distributed to individual studios as they occur.    
  • NO no photo fixatives, no resin, no fire, no encaustic, no aerosol, no sawing (large amounts of dust).
  • Ideal for: Oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, drawing, assemblage, printmaking, pen & ink, digital media, clay.
  • All material waste must be disposed of responsibly in the proper disposal receptacles on site, or removed from the studio site for proper disposal.

 Submissions Materials:

  • 5 images of artwork similar to what you will be working on at the residency
  • Artist Story/Appeal 
  • Artist bio/resume/CV, history as an artist
  • How many years have you been an ArtSpan artist?      
  • Why are you seeking studios space with ArtSpan at xSpace?
  • Is your work or practice community focused? Please explain.
  • Do you have interest or experience working with or alongside youth artists?
  • Why is creating in San Francisco important to you?

Artist Selection: A committee consisting of ArtSpan staff will review all applications. Artists who are admitted past the first round of reviews will be contacted for an in-person interview with ArtSpan staff.

Please contact with any questions.

Thank you!
The ArtSpan Team