Apply for an exhibition in the Martin Wong Gallery

Fall 2023 Martin Wong Gallery Application

The Martin Wong Gallery is here to promote student work and build our art community at San Francisco State University.  We are serious about celebrating each other’s art!

To be considered for a Fall 2023 Martin Wong Gallery exhibition, you will need to email your application to by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 4, 2023. These will be one-week long exhibitions. You can propose a solo show or organize a group exhibition. It is possible that your solo show will share the gallery with other solo shows.

We have two options for the Fall 2023 Semester. Both involve Instagram. For each option we will post at least one image per day from Monday through Friday.

  • In-person exhibition installed in the Martin Wong Gallery, FA186. Photo documentation will be used to promote the show on Instagram @sfsumwg.

  • You can make very small artworks for our Mini Martin Wong Gallery! The ratio should be 1:8 (divide the actual dimensions of your work by 8 and make a mini version of your work). You will install and photograph your work within the model. We will share those images, and detailed images of your work, on Instagram @sfsumwg.

To apply, please send an email with a PDF attachment that includes all of the following information:

  • Artist Name (s)
  • Exhibition Title
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Exhibition summary (200 words or less)
  • Work Samples (5 images per artist)
  • If your work will be ready to be shown in early September

**Include your name and MARTIN WONG GALLERY PROPOSAL Fall 2023 in your subject line for the email.

For group shows please only submit one application with everyone’s information included. Feel free to share any additional comments about why you’re interested in working with the Martin Wong Gallery.


Sample Exhibition Summary

Title: Under Construction

Name of artist: Christian Balanzar

Exhibition Statement: Under construction is a series that explores the concept of change. By photographing houses under construction that are unique in architectural style and staples to the identity of San Francisco’s landscape, I wanted to address the current ongoing changes here in the city in order to document the constant and inevitable state of change. Change is an integral component of everyday life. It can be seen as a reflection of time, perspective, or new ideas which can foster growth and good outcomes. However, in order for change to happen what has once been or is current present must be considered and revisited, which can invariably come with difficulty or meet with resistance. Currently, San Francisco is experiencing a tech boom which has brought with it some challenges and difficulties. As high rises go up, so does the rent and the demand for affordable housing, subjecting neighborhoods to gentrification and pushing out long standing communities, resulting in a drastic change to San Francisco’s diverse landscape and identity. These photographs serve as a symbolic representation of that experience.