Call for Artists – Creativist Pinay Crones (March 8, 2014 – July 31, 2014) – Exhibition 
Entry Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Call for Artists

Creativist Pinay Crones (March 8, 2014 – July 31, 2014)

Entry Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2014

The word “Creativist” was coined by Tessie Zaragoza during a gathering of Filipino women who wanted to mount an art exhibit. Creativist in this context refers to Filipino women who, by their mere presence and life experience, are trailblazers, social and/or cultural activists making art in all types of medium. “Pinay” is a woman with Filipino heritage. “Crone” is a word that has various and conflicting meanings both positive and negative. We take the positive connotation of the word that universally recognizes a Crone as wise elder woman. Therefore, “Creativist Pinay Crones” are trailblazing artists of Filipino heritage who have reached and exceeded the age of 55 and want to share their wisdom. This will be the first exhibit of this kind to highlight Pinay Activists over 55 whose creative works have never been shown together. It is our goal for this exhibit to be a reference point for inter-generational dialogue in which wisdom will be passed from Crones to the younger generations.

Open to all Pinay artists 55 years+ residing in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.We welcome the opportunity to support works that are retrospective in nature, current new works and/or thematic works not previously shared with the general public. We are accepting all media, including crafts, literary, music, and performing arts. The process of creating this exhibit is organic and taking shape as it happens. However, we wish to have a few guidelines that reflects consistency in our decisions. Here are the guidelines:

  1. All artists need to submit a biography and artist statement.
  2. Only emailed entries received by February 16th with digitally uploaded images, literary works, and videos will be accepted. Send all information to If proposing a site-specific installation please include a brief description of concept with supporting images; a visit to International Hotel Manilatown Center gallery prior to entry would be advisable (to schedule an appointment, send email to
  3. Artists should live, work, and manifest their art in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Proximity to the exhibit location makes transporting the artwork manageable. It also makes the exhibit more accessible for the artists’ personal and professional networks to attend exhibit events. Preferably artists should be in one of the following counties: Alameda, Alpine,Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.
  4. Ten (10) digital images of your original work not previously shown in the International Hotel Manilatown Center.
  5. Literary artists may submit up to 5 to 7 poems or 3 to 5 short stories and/or excerpt of prose. and are welcome to sell their publications at the Center.
  6. Musicians and performing artists submit 3 to 5 video samples.
  7. Artwork must be listed with title, media, dimensions, date and price. Artists are allowed to sell their work. For work that sells, artists must replace works with an alternate piece upon release to the buyer. We are asking for a minimum donation of 30% of all sales to benefit the Manilatown Heritage Foundation.
  8. Artists will be encouraged to present in “Creativist” workshops to be scheduled during the exhibit. If you would like to present a workshop, please include a one paragraph summary of your proposed workshop(s).

Accepted artists will be informed beginning February 23, 2014 by email and will enter a dialogue with our curatorial committee about how to proceed.

Send all entries, artist biography and statements to:

You may also send your inquiries to Evelyn Luluquisen or Jeanette Lazam