The Space Of Hope: A Collective Response

June 7 2021 - September 18 2021

This summer, MAM is participating in EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a special project of the CODEX Foundation. It aims to produce a multimedia and multivenue art intervention, which investigates extractive industry (any process or businesses associated with removing materials and natural resources from the earth) in all forms. Examples include coal mining, oil drilling, commercial fishing, deforestation, and more. With sites stretching throughout the United States and abroad, MAM is part of an organic collective of participating artists, art venues, curators, and arts supporters. This exhibition will overlap with other extraction-based shows at MAM this summer: Pennies from Hell: Selections from the MAM Collection, Edge of the Abyss: Artists Picturing the Berkeley Pit, and Jerry Rankin: Golden Sunlight

The title of this exhibition is taken from a quote by author Rebecca Solnit: “We don’t know what is going to happen, or how, or when, and that very uncertainty is the space of hope.” Rather than focus on the devastation wrought by the intertwined processes of industrialization, extraction, climate change, cultural displacement, and colonization, this juried group exhibition will imagine solutions and amplify voices that serve as a counter-narrative to the historical power structures that are inherent with extraction. 

MAM invites feminist approaches, Indigenous voices, and underrepresented viewpoints. Artists are encouraged to submit works that focus on healing, reparations, nurturing, cooperation, unity, and problem-solving as a global society. MAM is grateful for project support from the Cultural Vision Fund. 


  • The exhibition is open to artists of all genders and backgrounds, working in any fine art or craft medium.

  • Submissions can be for single- or multimedia projects by solo or collaborative practitioners. 

  • Artists may submit up to three works for consideration, with detail images as appropriate.

  •  The deadline for submissions is April 25, 2021, with notification by May 5, 2021.

  • Selected work is due at MAM by May 28, 2021. 

  • Selected artists will receive an exhibition honorarium, as well as support for shipping and transit. 

  • Submissions are now closed.

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