An exhibition of artworks featuring text as part of the artist’s palette


Friday, April 16 – Sunday, May 16, 2021

Live Worms Gallery, North Beach, SF



Do you find words inspiring? Do you see letters as shapes as well as the building blocks of language? Do you use words to add power and message to your work? Do you see swaths of text as texture, pattern, color?

Art and text have been interwoven for centuries – from ancient illustrated manuscripts to the ad copy/headline inspired works of Barbara Kruger – in every medium – the only limits are your imagination. For this exhibition, we are seeking artworks that incorporate letters, words, text - or any parts thereof - as a part of the creative process.


As a lover of definitions, I found ‘textural’ captured the essence of this process.

Textural: Having a structure of interwoven elements; having a distinctive physical composition of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts; the quality given to a piece of art, literature, or music by the interrelationship of its elements



Submissions are due on or before midnight, Thursday, April 1st, 2021.


Notifications will be sent no later than Monday, April 5, 2021.

In-Person Art Drop off is Sunday, April 11th, 3-5 AND Monday, April 12th 11am-1pm

Exhibition will run from Friday, April 16 – Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Art Pick up - Sunday, May 16, 4-6 pm AND Monday, May 17, 11-1pm



Gallery will take a 30% commission on sales.



We accept all art forms, including, but not limited to: printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, photography, mixed media, sculpture & book arts - Maximum size of wall art is: 36” in any direction.

Submissions are open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.



This is a juried exhibition and not all work will be accepted. All work submitted must be your original work and not infringe on the work of others (i.e., copy-write, attribution, etc.) You must own the rights to your work. Gallery proprietor Elizabeth Ashcroft will be the primary jurist. Elizabeth is an altered book artist with work in several national collections, including the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library.



Artists may submit up to two (2) images – jpegs, 1mb or less, ‘artist name1_title’ / ‘artist name2_title’



There is a $20 non-refundable fee payable via PayPal or credit card.

Payment is due at time of submission.

(Again, this is a juried exhibit and payment of submission fee does not guarantee acceptance.)


Feel free to email us with any questions –


You will be asked for the following information:

Legal name & Pseudonym (if creating under one)

Address, phone, email

List of works submitted

For each work submitted:

Title, Medium, Year (optional), Size, Retail price (All work must be for sale)


Artists retain copyright of all submitted work but submission to exhibit constitutes permission for the gallery to publish selected works through various channels for the purpose of promoting both artists and the gallery.



Thursday, April 1st, 2021– Submission Deadline

Monday, April 5, 2021– notification of acceptance

Sunday, April 11th, 3-5 pm – In-person art drop off #1

Monday, April 12th 11am-1pm – In-person art drop off #2

Friday, April 16 – Sunday, May 16, 2021– Show Schedule

Sunday, May 16, 4-6 pm – Art Pick up #1

Monday, May 17, 11-1pm – Art pick up #2



Thank you for submitting. We look forward to reviewing your work!




Elizabeth Ashcroft, Proprietor

Live Worms Gallery

1345 Grant Avenue, SF, CA, 94133


Opening Day: Friday, April 16, 3-7

North Beach First Friday, May 7th, 3-7pm

Regular Hours: W/Th 3-6pm, F/Sa/Su 2-6pm