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Papergirl SF is open to everybody! If you are an artist in any way, or simply feel inspired to create something for this project, we aim to encourage your artistic endeavors and hope to foster your creativity. Thanks, and stay tuned!

You don’t have to be from the Bay Area to submit your art, we encourage local, national, and international artists to participate. Your artwork will be shown in a local SF gallery before being distributed to the masses via bicycle. Learn more.

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Submission Guidelines

Over the last 3 years we have put together a list of guidelines to keep things running smoothly; here it is:

Medium: anything flexible: prints, photos, drawings, paintings, zines, writings, textiles, stickers, etc. If you are a maker and an artist, we want your work!

Quantity: the more the better: originals, prints, photos, copies, etc. are all acceptable forms of submissions, and we encourage you to send multiples of your work so it can be put into multiple art rolls.

Quality: when making copies of your work, be sure to strive for the best quality you can. It will be hung in a gallery and later be given to the public to enjoy, so the higher the quality, the better the experience; do your art justice!

Content: there really are no rules as to subject matter, but please use your better judgment when sending in your art. We most likely will not display or distribute material that is blatantly racist, sexist, or otherwise overtly offensive and derogatory. Remember, these will find their way into the hands of strangers, and we aren't looking to insult or belittle anyone in the process.

It Must Be Flexible: the only true requirement is that the art be flexible enough to be rolled up. We won’t be throwing any stretched canvases or frames around. If the work is especially large, it may end up being folded to fit into a roll; just something to keep in mind.

It Must be Dry and Fixed: we are open to whatever medium you choose to use, but please send us work that is totally dry and fixed. This means all paint, glue, charcoal, pastels, graphite, glitter, confetti, etc. We hate to see your work get smudged from handling, or torn because it's sticking to itself or other pieces of art. Make sure any excess medium is shaken off and/or fixed on.

Please Sign Your Work: we love the fact that you are sending us your wonderful art, so please, if you would like to receive credit, print your name on the back of your piece and be sure it's legible. There is nothing worse than having to guess your name based on your signature and inevitably spelling it wrong. If you have a website you want linked to your name, please include that as well. If you wish to remain anonymous, that's ok too.

Nothing Digital Please: we do not accept digital versions of art via e-mail or CD, as we have no means to print your pieces. Unfortunately, digital work can't be thrown from a bike.

On Promotional Materials: You are more than welcome to send us your business cards and promotional postcards along with your art. We will set them out for gallery-goers during the duration of the exhibit. However, we will not be distributing promotional materials in the art rolls. Let your artwork be your calling card!

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Papergirl San Francisco
432 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114



our PO Box does not accept Fed Ex or UPS packages, standard mail only for national and international mailed submissions, please. We don't want your work to get lost or re-routed!

Local Drop-Off Locations
in San Francisco

We also currently have 6 convenient drop-off locations in San Francisco for Bay Area artists who would like to save on postage. Just bring your art to any of these locations and tell them it’s for Papergirl SF (or look for the donation box where available), and we’ll be by to pick it up. We also recommend high fives.

Mission Bicycle Company - 766 Valencia Street
Public Bikes - 123 South Park
Arch Drafting Supply - 99 Missouri Street
Rickshaw Bagworks - 904 22nd Street
Sports Basement - 1590 Bryant Street
SF Center for the Book - 375 Rhode Island Street

For More Information...

about Papergirl SF, please visit our FAQ page, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. Happy cycling and art making everyone!

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