Southern Exposure’s juried exhibition has become the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. Each year a different theme is selected to inspire and encourage a broad level of artistic expression. This year's forward-looking theme, Point of No Return, is left open to the artists’ interpretation to encourage work that is conceptually and aesthetically diverse, drawing from many perspectives, insights and forms of creativity. In keeping with the theme, SoEx encourages submissions by artists who are singularly invested in their practice, who have no intention of returning, who are, in a sense, defiantly themselves.
Unlike many open calls for work that charge a submission fee, Southern Exposure's juried exhibition does not require artists to pay to enter their work. The exhibition is open to any artist living in Northern California north of King City and south of the Oregon border. Over the course of two days, over 500 Northern Californian artists enter their work, attesting to the extreme popularity of the show. The final pieces are selected by juror, Hesse McGraw, who makes his decisions by blind process. For many of the artists selected, this is their first major exhibition and an important step in advancing their career.