The Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, California, is accepting submissions for a group exhibit at PJCC and is inviting artists of all faiths and cultures to submit their work for consideration.

Exhibition Statement

Words have always been a catalyst for civil discord and today hate speech is increasingly prevalent, tearing apart the fabric of our communities in ever more violent and destructive ways.  Examples of hate speech are everywhere, in our personal and work lives and in the public sphere, passing from generation to generation by written and spoken word, inculcating attitudes of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination in both children and adults.  This call for art proposes to illuminate hate speech, its historically destructive manifestations, and its consequences for humanity. 

The exhibit was originally created by Jewish Art Salon members Robin Atlas and Nancy Current; it features their narratives Lashon Hara and L’dor Vador and has toured Canada, the Pacific Northwest and New York City.  This version of the exhibit is being expanded to create a larger community conversation and we encourage participation by artists of different faiths and cultures who are conscious of the issue of hate speech as part of daily life.

Exhibition Date: September 11 to November 24, 2019 

THE CALL OPENS April 16, 2019.   
Professional Artists of all faiths and cultures are encouraged to submit. 

There is no fee for submission. 
Peninsula Jewish Community Center –  800 Foster City Boulevard –  Foster City, CA  94404

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (in your time zone).

Make your submission to:  

Please note: Any submission that omits any of the requested documents below will not be considered. 

Submission Guidelines:

• All 2d work in any medium (traditional and non-traditional) will be considered. 

• Professional Artists at all stages in their art career are invited to submit, so long as the submitted works relate to the theme. 

• Work should be created within the last five (5) years.

• Work must be ready to hang.

Images:  Artists may submit up to three (3) digital images of their work. 

Please label your images as follows: lastname.firstname.title.

Image Size and Label:  Images should not exceed 10 MB per file. 

A title list with the artists name, title of artwork, creation date, medium and dimensions must accompany the images.  Please indicate whether the artwork is for sale and the sales price.


• Your CV/Resume

• A short bio

• A paragraph (100 words max) describing how each piece you are submitting relates to the theme.

All work must be finished and ready for installation.  Peninsula Jewish Community Center reserves the right to withhold from exhibition any artwork not properly prepared for installation or that differs from the images submitted in the application in either quality or size.

 NOTE:  Framed artwork shall not exceed 30” x 40” in any direction.

Artists accepted are responsible for the cost of shipping artwork and insuring their work to and from PJCC.  Shipped work should be in reusable packaging and include a prepaid return label inside the carton.  Accepted artists will receive notice where to ship their work.

Deadline to Receive Applications: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. in your time zone
Notification of Acceptance:  July 21, 2019
Work Arrives at Facility: September 3-6, 2019
Installation of Exhibit: September 9-10, 2019
Opening: September 11, 2019
De-installation of Exhibit: November 25, 2019
Artwork Pick-up/Return: November 25, 2019

Curators: Robin Atlas and Nancy Current
Curatorial Advisor: Kimberly Gordon, Cultural Arts Director, PJCC

Commission: PJCC will take a commission of twenty percent (20%) on the sale of any artwork sold during the exhibition. 

Founded in 1948, the mission of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) is to build a caring and connected community, develop leadership, and strengthen Jewish identity and values in a center with an environment that is welcoming to all people at every stage of life. The PJCC serves all of San Mateo County through programming and educational initiatives that emphasize holistic wellness of mind, body, spirit, and environment.

 The PJCC’s overarching goals are to promote wellness, prevent isolation, build knowledge and community bonds, facilitate the Jewish journeys of our Jewish users, and help one another to improve the world. To ensure the PJCC positively impacts the communities it serves, it offers a range of services: healthy eating classes; social programs for seniors; a community gardening program; a strong cultural arts program; and much more. The PJCC embraces the diversity of culture, opinion, religion, and identity in our wider community, serving as a center for wellness, the community, families, and for Jewish life and culture.