Call for Art

“Longing for Attachment”
at Oakland Asian Cultural Center

We are currently accepting submissions for consideration for a group exhibition, Longing for Attachment at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) this Summer 2024. This exhibition is curated by artist Bushra Gill in partnership with ARTogether. 


  • Artist must be a refugee, immigrant, child of immigrants/refugees.
  • Artist must be based in the Bay Area.

Theme: “Longing for Attachment”

Curated by Bushra Gill

We make choices about what to hold onto & what to let go of to move forward, especially when we move to another country and/or to another culture. 

Being too attached to a place or way of being can make it hard to form attachments/connections to anything new. 

Our connection to a place is related to our quality of life and well-being. It links us to neighborhoods and communities where we have lived.  Anyone who has migrated from another country or grown up in an immigrant family knows these attachments run deep and true, not needing to be present to have a prominent place in our hearts.  

ARTogether invites Bay Area refugee, immigrant, and children of immigrant artists to submit artwork in any media that explores the idea of attachments. Unfortunately we are unable to show video work at this time. There is no fee to submit.

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Artist Notification: Week of Monday, May 6, 2024
  • Installation: Tuesday, June 11, 2024*
  • Exhibition Dates: June 12 – July 27, 2024
  • Opening Reception: To be Announced
  • Deinstallation: Monday, July 29, 2024*

*Mandatory Dates: Artists must be present to install and deinstall artwork at OACC 

We encourage submissions from 1st and 2nd generation immigrants and refugees who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and artists with disabilities.

Applications will not be judged based on the writing and English proficiency, but on the artwork and content of the application.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

About the Curator

Bushra Gill is interested in finding order within the chaos of everyday life through art. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and emigrated to Houston, Texas, with her family as a small child. Drawn to art from a young age, she graduated from Pratt Institute in 1994, with a BFA in sculpture. She spent many years of working as a museum educator at various galleries and museums including The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and The Rotunda Gallery, while also working as a studio assistant to various artists including Maya Lin, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Maria Elena Gonzalez, as well as a career as a clothing designer and boutique owner in New York. In 2009, she moved to northern California with her family and returned to making art. In recent years, Gill has participated in many exhibitions in galleries across the United States.

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